Casino gets landscaping approval

Published 12:02 am Friday, September 21, 2012

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Planning Commission approved Thursday amendments to Magnolia Bluffs Casino’s site plan for landscaping and lighting at the site and also discussed concerns about perimeter fencing.

The amendment to the landscaping plan allows casino developers to plant creeping fig on the southern and western sides of the casino’s parking garage to leave openings for air and light.

The change was approved by the preservation commission last week and addresses issues of the lack of ventilation for carbon monoxide from cars. The previous plan called for a wire trellising system in which plants would grow — known as a green screen — to cover the southern and western side of the garage.

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The amendments to the lighting plan deal with illumination standards for lights on the site. All the lighting that shines up toward the bluff, Project Manager Dennis McAvoy said, stays within the allowable illumination standards.

McAvoy also noted that the cooling tower close to Roth Hill Road has been moved back 11 feet, which allows for more greenspace.

Commissioner Karen Stubbs asked if the developers planned to erect fencing on the perimeter of the property to keep casino patrons from entering the private property adjacent to the casino.

McAvoy said there was a natural barrier on the north side of the property that could deter people from entering private property.

Stubbs said she has previously walked through the barrier onto the private property. Stubbs noted that she did not believe the commission had approved such a large site plan without perimeter fencing.

Stubbs asked that casino developers work with the adjacent property owners on signage and fencing to deter trespassing on the private property.

In other news:

  •  The commission approved a site plan for the construction of a metal automobile dealership service bay at Natchez Ford.