CMPDD Begins Development of a Master Plan for PRVWSD

During February, CMPDD began work on the development of a Master Plan for the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD). This plan will encompass the 33,000 acre lake and the 17,000 acres surrounding the lake, which includes portions of Hinds, Leake, Madison, Rankin, and Scott Counties. The PRVWSD Master Plan will include all elements commonly found in a comprehensive plan, as well as integrate elements of local comprehensive plans in the study area to better facilitate planning and land use controls in the entire area.

CMPDD, along with the PRVWSD, will conduct two charrettes (public meetings) regarding the development of the Master Plan: one in the beginning of the process and one regarding various scenarios to be considered before the final proposed plan is presented. An online survey will also be utilized in an effort to collect input from leaseholders and other interested persons. Following completion of the final draft plan, CMPDD planners will present the proposed Master Plan at public hearings.

As part of this project, the District will develop a web-based GIS mapping application and viewer using CMPDD’s virtual server technology and ESRI ArcGIS Server Enterprise software. This new internet based GIS mapping component will enable accessibility to interactive land management maps and data layers including such elements as land use, zoning, building footprints, flood zones, garbage collection, transportation systems, utilities, and drainage. These systems will be designed and used for in-house PRVWSD use and/or for public information dissemination as desired.

CMPDD will also perform regional economic impact analysis of the proposed development scenarios presented in the Land Use Plan, and will prepare a cost-benefit study of possible development scenarios that can be used to determine the impact of companies and organizations moving into the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. The cost-benefit study will illustrate the direct and indirect impacts of residential, recreational, and business development.

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