BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – After talks of a development moratorium in East Baton Rouge Parish, the proposal was deleted from the agenda after being presented at Wednesday’s Metro Council meeting.
District 3 Metro Councilman Rowdy Gaudet pulled the agenda item, putting the topic on hold until September.
Residents who spoke at the meeting said the language in the proposal was confusing.
“They’re scrambling to throw something together, no one seems to understand it so there’s going to be a new version now after they threw this one out here,” said East Baton Rouge resident John Daigle.
Like thousands across the parish, Daigle’s home flooded in May when heavy rainfall inundated the area. He said no one should have to keep living through that and the Metro Council should really take a deep look at what they are considering.
“In May 2021 we saw places flooded that had not flooded in 2016. That means that water was displaced from where it was before into different areas and one of the main things that displaced it was development,” said Daigle.
Although the proposal said moratorium, the plans would have still allowed some development in flood hazard areas.
“When you talk about development in this community, we absolutely want to have smart development, but we also don’t want to cut the legs out from under the development community,” said Gaudet.
Daigle says he’s on board with a moratorium, but if the parish is going to do it they need to do it right.
“Putting out new standards and approving projects is not a moratorium. A moratorium means you stop for some period of time what you’re doing,” said Daigle.
The council will consider the proposal on Sept. 8, 2021, at 4 p.m.