West Baton Rouge officials deny housing development proposal, council to vote next

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PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) – More than 300 homes could soon be built in West Baton Rouge Parish. 

On Tuesday night the Planning and Zoning Commission voted against the Keystone West subdivision, but it’s ultimately up to the parish council to decide if they can build, or find someplace else. 

Residents are pleading for officials to consider traffic, drainage, taxes, and water pressure before making a final decision. 

“Highway 1 can’t go anymore, the buses will be late, late, late, ” said one West Baton Rouge resident.

If approved, the subdivision will go up in the outskirts of Brusly near the Sugar Mill Plantation.

The entrance to the subdivision is on Choctaw Road, near the golf course. Residents said the area is dangerous and commonly known as the ‘Dead Mans Curve.'”

“I’ve lost count of how many vehicles have been in the ditches including fatalities,” another resident said.

West Baton Rouge Parish Planning and Zoning Coordinator Kevin Durbin conducted a traffic study. If the subdivision is approved, he said traffic will increase by 30 vehicles during peak hours and the subdivision will bring a two percent increase in annual growth for the parish.

“Also up to 2,000 vehicles during the peak hours in the vicinities LA 1 on St. Francis Street and Lukeville Lane.

The parish council will be casting the final vote at their meeting on Nov. 18.

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