Supervisors approve Phase III of Briarwood Estates

By HASKEL BURNS,

The latest phase of one of Petal’s most well-known neighborhoods is in the works.

During a recent board meeting, members of the Forrest County Supervisors approved the plat for Phase III of Briarwood Estates, located off Lynn Ray and Eastabuchie roads outside the city limits. The move paves the way for 19 new lots available for custom homes in the north end of the neighborhood, developed by Fairley Construction of Petal.

“We’re real excited about it,” said Stephen Fairley, president of Fairley Construction. “There’s been a lot of interest in that neighborhood, and we’ve had a lot of people that’s just pretty much been waiting on us and we haven’t had time to get to it.

“So we’re really excited about it.”

Phase I of the neighborhood consisted of 16 lots, while Phase II contained 19. Although the plat for Phase III doesn’t include acceptance of roads, it does feature a variance on the green space in the neighborhood.

“There’s extremely nice homes in there,” Forrest County District 3 Supervisor Burkett Ross said. “It’s a real addition to Forrest County, especially to District 3. We’re excited about it.”

According to the plat, sewer service in the new phase will be handled by individual on-site treatment, while water service will be provided by Barrontown Water Association. Roads in the neighborhood are public and are to be maintained by Forrest County officials.

“The board is proud that the Fairley family made the decision to continue developing here in Forrest County by expanding Briarwood Estates subdivision,” said David Hogan, president of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors. “These upper middle-class homes will bode well for the greater Petal area, which has great quality-of-life amenities like second-to-none schools, and has seen a surge in economic growth in recent years.

“The Forrest County supervisors continue to support that growth.”

Fairley is currently waiting for plans to come in for approval, at which point construction can begin on new homes. Although there isn’t a timeline for that next step, Fairley said he has plans to continue expanding Briarwood Estates after Phase III is complete.

“We’re going to keep on,” he said. “We have 120 acres left.”