BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — A temporary halt on new development goes into effect in Ascension Parish today, intending to shift focus to finding drainage solutions.
After the flood event in May, Ascension residents have voiced their concerns to the council and the drainage board over the rapid development in the parish. Many residents feel developers have done little to improve drainage with each project.
Parish President Clint Cointment proposed a twelve-month moratorium on new construction, but the board later passed a shorter nine-month moratorium.
For the next nine months, the parish will not approve any new residential or commercial projects. Any projects already approved by the council may continue, and the moratorium does not apply to development in industrial zones.
Cointment announced a Listening Tour throughout the parish to address further concerns by residents. In the announcement, he said, “I want to work with you to find solutions for responsible growth and development…”
Those tour dates are listed below:
- Tuesday, July 20, 6:00 p.m. at St. Amant High School
- Thursday, July 22, 6:00 p.m. at Galvez Middle School
- Monday, July 26. 6:00 p.m. at Dutchtown Middle School
- Wednesday, July 28, 6:00 p.m. at Central Middle School
- Thursday, July 29, 6:00 p.m. at Lowery Middle School