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CarMax Gets Okay To Build In Tupelo

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – The Tupelo City Council has cleared the way for a used car dealer to open near the city’s Mall at Barnes Crossing.

The council voted Tuesday to update the city’s development code and zoning map, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/17sm36N ).

Used car chair CarMax had sued the city over its denial of permission for a location near the mall. The new code, meant to streamline residential and commercial development in the city, will allow the dealership.

Greg Pirkle, a Tupelo attorney representing CarMax, says the lawsuit will be dropped.

City planner Pat Falkner says the new code means the city will allow more proposed land uses and reject fewer proposals. It’s the first major change to Tupelo’s development code or zoning map since 1994.