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Strickland to sign executive order on Memphis 3.0

By Updated: May 13, 2019 7:44 PM CT | Published: May 13, 2019 7:38 PM CT

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland plans to sign an executive order Tuesday that will put into effect the Memphis 3.0 land use and development guidelines currently pending before the Memphis City Council.

The council has delayed three votes on the first of three readings of the ordinance.

Strickland’s office announced the Tuesday signing of the order Monday evening.

“I think the votes are there,” Strickland said last week during a recording of the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.”

“I wish they would go ahead and do it,” he said. “But that’s their business.”


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Council members delayed the vote the first time after Councilman Berlin Boyd called for the delay specifically to hear from activist Carnita Atwater and others in the Firestone area of North Memphis who want to see her plan made a part of the larger set of guidelines.

The plan is a guide for future development and meant to encourage private development that could range from residential to commercial to a much smaller scale of development depending on the area. But Atwater and her group believe the plan involves specific city funding for specific private development plans. It doesn’t.

<strong>Jim Strickland</strong>

Jim Strickland

The public meeting with Atwater’s group and officials of the Memphis-Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, which coordinated the plan, ended with Atwater accusing the city of being dishonest about the intent and calling for a review of the Unified Development Code.

Strickland said Atwater told him she wanted the city to give her the site of the old Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. plant in North Memphis.

The city doesn’t own the site, but Strickland has said the city wants to see the land developed as some type of manufacturing.


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City planners met with Atwater as well as others in North Memphis earlier as part of a much larger, two-year-long process of gathering public input through a variety of methods.

Atwater has since filed a pro se lawsuit in Memphis Federal Court seeking to stop any council action or vote on Memphis 3.0.

The lawsuit was the reason the council delayed another first reading vote last week.

Other community development groups from across the city showed up at the same council session to urge the council to approve the plan.

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Jim Strickland Memphis 3.0 Carnita Atwater

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