Master Land Use Plan in the worksAug 26th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: News
The Parish will begin procuring maps for the Department of Community Development to help facilitate a Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This plan will also take into account the Louisiana Land Trust lots that the Parish has acquired.
This Plan, if passed by the Parish Council, can be considered as a master zoning index that will re-designate zoning for the entire Parish. It will also allow the Planning Commission to survey, study and evaluate the Parish so decisions can be made on how to properly develop the Parish’s zoning layout.
“The council felt it really important to assist the planning commission and move along the process of developing our comprehensive master land use plan,” said Council Chairman George Cavignac. “This has long been a hot button issue and we’re giving them the tools necessary for guiding and coordinating smart redevelopment. This is a smart investment that should reap rewards when it comes to St. Bernard’s property values.”
Zoning keeps order in a parish mixed with residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural areas— important in the post-Katrina landscape where vacant lots pepper established neighborhoods.
In fact, two zone-change requests were heard at this meeting, and received different results.
Eugene Molinary requested for a zoning change for part of his Oak Ridge Subdivision property in Violet. In order to grow fruit trees and sell their bounty, Molinary, who was not at the meeting, asked for a transition from R-1 (Single Family Residential) to A-1 (Rural).
The Council tabled, instead of denying, his request, noting that the change may be unnecessary as it is legal to plant these trees on a residential lot and sell their fruit. They said they would like to look into other plans Molinary may have that would definitely require a zoning change.
“It is important to find out exactly what the owner wants to do with this property, in order to protect the neighborhood,” said Councilman Richie Lewis of District C. “We need to talk to him before this is passed so we don’t open up a Pandora’s box on these A-1 uses. A lot of different things can be done in an A-1 zone that might have a negative effect on the neighborhood.”
The Council voted 6-0 to begin procuring maps for the Master Land Use Plan. Councilman Ray Lauga of District A was absent from the vote.
The second zone-change request came from Edward Rohde, who would like to open a tire shop in Chalmette at 7633 West Judge Perez Drive. He would also like to potentially sell vehicles, and this requires a change from C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial) to C-2 (General Commercial).
His change request was approved 7-0.