ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – The Ascension Parish Planning and Zoning Commission approved construction of a new subdivision and changes to a existing subdivision hours before a 9-month moratorium goes into effect.
Tension rose during the council meeting on Wednesday night as residents took turns speaking out against new subdivision development.
The commission approved Delaune Estates, a 200-lot subdivision in Prairieville, and Windermere Crossing, a 100-lot subdivision near Gonzales.
Residents argued the approval would create traffic and flooding issues, ultimately hurting the parish.
“We have a moratorium starting tomorrow, this is being pushed through,” said a resident.
The two controversial agenda items were pushed through just hours before a 9-month moratorium takes effect which was put in place to assess and fix drainage and flooding in the parish.
“It just seems wrong to me,” said a resident.
Windermere Crossing was approved in January, but developers now want to make changes which were approved with a 3 to 2 vote.
Delaune estates was denied a year ago but was up for reconsideration.
“I think I have provided you with the information this evening to check each one of those boxes and if that’s the case, we respectfully request that you grant preliminary plat approval,” said Deluane family attorney Jeffrey Schoen.