GONZALES – Farmland is popping into actual property, and there is a storm brewing in Ascension Parish. Individuals who stay within the space are questioning how the event approval course of was dealt with, they usually contacted 2 On Your Facet about their considerations.
Tricia Peno has lived alongside O’Neal Highway in Ascension Parish for many years.
“That is my household’s land, really, it has been in my household for a very long time,” Peno mentioned.
Dantin Bruce Improvement has plans to construct Windermere Crossing Subdivision behind Peno’s residence. The neighborhood consisting of about 35 acres could be made up of 103 properties with a minimal measurement of seven,280 sq. ft. About 75 % of the property is inside an X flood zone, and there are about seven acres of wetlands throughout the web site. The event would drain to Black Bayou, which is simply to the north of the property.
When the event software was submitted, it included a proper turn-in, left turn-in, and right-turn out of Roddy Highway. Following about 50 minutes of back-and-forth on the Jan. 13 Planning Fee assembly, Windermere Crossing was authorized with a further proper turn-in and proper prove onto Cannon Highway.
It was initially not recommended to hook up with Cannon Highway due to its restricted width of fewer than 18 ft. A part of the approval included a constructing restriction that may widen Cannon Highway to at the least 18 ft from Roddy Highway to Oneal Highway. Even then, Peno says Cannon Highway is a slim stretch that results in different slim roads. And with the extra neighborhood site visitors, she is anxious about what is going to occur.
“Placing that many homes in an already burdened space is simply not proper,” she mentioned.
Neighbor Eric Kehn agrees that new improvement is sweet, however the infrastructure cannot take it.
“Nothing was carried out since this was nation and we’re attempting to make it metropolis with out making the infrastructure metropolis,” he mentioned.
Kehn and Peno each take problem with how the event was mentioned and authorized on the Planning Fee assembly. Considerations over Cannon Highway being too slim and the shortage of a site visitors research for the extra subdivision entrance and widening was talked about.
“I feel the issue that we have now Mr. Murphy is that we wish to widen Cannon Highway, however we do not have a site visitors influence research to know that is going to want that,” Chairman Matthew Pryor mentioned.
There’s concern that the Planning Fee has no authority to make the selections that it did.
“It did not undergo our planning division, it was simply flat-out unlawful,” resident Jeff Pettit mentioned.
Parish President Clint Cointment posted on Fb following the assembly the place three subdivision plats have been authorized. In his put up he mentioned, “sadly, the Parish’s Improvement Code lacks acceptable ordinances that may have enabled the fee to reject one or all of these subdivisions.”
Cointment additionally wrote that he pledges that he’ll do every part he can to vary the Improvement Code and tighten restrictions on improvement. His full Fb put up will be seen right here: https://www.fb.com/AscensionParishGovernment/posts/258551415784875
Calls to Dantin Bruce Improvement and Chairman Matthew Pryor weren’t returned.