- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

CONVENT, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish Council has adopted a land use plan ordinance to regulate future growth and development in the parish.

The land use plan, to be used in conjunction with the parish’s comprehensive master plan, divides the parish into land use categories.

The categories include residential/future industrial, residential growth, commercial, commercial/residential mixed, industrial, agriculture, recreation, schools, fire department, water and wetlands.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1j3TGAS ) the land use plan was approved Wednesday.

The land use plan, which the council voted unanimously to approve, got mixed reviews in a public hearing held before the council’s meeting.

Former Parish Councilman L.J. St. Pierre, Jr. supported the land use plan and asked council members to “bite the bullet” and do something they could be proud of.

“It may not be perfect, but at least it’s a start in the right direction,” St. Pierre said.

The plan would create more buffer zones between residential neighborhoods and industrial areas and improve the quality of life, said Paulina resident David Lambert.

He is fighting Wolverine Terminals’ attempts to construct a $30 million crude oil terminal and blending operation near his home.

Debra Laiche, who also opposes Wolverine Terminals moving near her property, asked the Parish Council to back the land use plan.

“We need it,” Laiche said. “We need it to have some power over where things belong.”

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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