City will run out of room to grow

Consultants suggest going north, west



The city should consider annexing more land because it will run out of room to grow over the next 20 years, planning consultants have concluded.

Gulfport especially needs more room for projected residential and industrial growth, according to HDR Engineering Inc., the Florida company hired to update the city’s comprehensive plan through year 2030. Suggested areas for expanding city boundaries are to the north and west.

“The sooner you start thinking about annexation, the better off you’re going to be,” said Steve Schukraft, a planning and urban design manager at HDR.

Gulfport also can make room by encouraging development of vacant urban lots, increasing density in some neighborhoods, and promoting high-density residential growth in redevelopment areas such as downtown.

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