In 2015, czb was hired to craft a Comprehensive Plan and strategic development guidebook for the City of Wilson, a municipality of approximately 900 residents in the Mississippi Delta.
After The Lawrence Group purchased much of the agricultural land and commercial property in town and began pouring millions of dollars into the development of the town and its amenities, Wilson became the focus of much attention. With the opening of a local boarding school, a high-quality organic farm, and a farm-to-table restaurant in a short period of time, Wilson was attracting more outside investment and interest from the greater Memphis region.
“How can a city of 900 double in size and become a destination for high-quality rural living without losing its identity?”
Median Household Income
of adults have a bachelor's degree or higher
of all households live in poverty
Located deep in the heart of the American South, Wilson is a small town with great ambitions. A farming community and former “company town,” Wilson is poised to become a beacon for change in the region and beyond. A singular vision unites education, arts, food, history, and agriculture to offer a bold, new model for innovation and sustainable renewal.
Wilson is moving forward with form-based code based on czb’s new district designs. The city’s new district identities include a farming district and market square district and will help the community grow while still retaining its character.
The evolution of place
czb met with a 14-member steering committee to test the city’s priorities and land use concepts and to review early drafts of the plan.
This document summarizes the market trajectory of the community; outlines potential scenarios for development in each of Wilson’s five newly created districts; and includes goals for improved housing, infrastructure, green space, retail, design, and connectivity.
czb’s Comprehensive Plan was designed to summarize the needs of the Wilson community and its opportunities for both private and public investment going forward. The plan was organized around Wilson’s goal of becoming “a model of high quality rural living where the world is introduced to the Delta.”
The evolution of place
czb’s Comprehensive Plan for Wilson summarizes the market trajectory of the community; outlines potential scenarios for development in each of Wilson’s five newly created districts; and includes goals for improved housing, including public housing, infrastructure, green space, retail, design, and connectivity.