GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) – Days away from Ascension Parish leaders putting a stop to new construction, some subdivisions may get the green light to make adjustments ahead of the moratorium.
There are two subdivisions that were approved prior to the moratorium. Residents can’t stop them from putting shovels in the ground, but people are hoping the council rejects any changes those developers are requesting at Wednesday’s meeting.
“These are not new subdivisions, they have come before planning and zoning before,” said Ascension Parish Government’s Communication Director Martin McConnell.
After flooding in May, outrage over new subdivisions in the parish led to this 9-month moratorium, but because projects were already approved they are able to proceed.
“Anything that is in the works,” said McConnell.
The projects on Wednesday’s planning and zoning commission agenda include Delaune Estates and Windermere Crossing.
“There’s always concerns about drainage with new development,” said District 11’s Ascension Parish Councilman Michael Mason.
Although the initial plans were approved, the developer is now asking for changes that Mason said would impact current residents.
“The problem with that is Cannon Road is a small road and it doesn’t get a ton of traffic right now. So if you’re going to put 150 more cars on there a day, it’s going to put a lot of traffic in that area that’s quiet,” said Mason.
Wednesday’s meeting will likely be packed and people are hoping the council takes their concerns into consideration.
“All I can do is go there tomorrow night, speak my mind let them know what I think, and let them know what I see from my chair and hope that they’ll listen to the people and make the best decision for the people of Ascension,” said Mason.
Wednesday’s meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.