- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Developers seeking to build 15 houses on a 2½-acre tract in the Old Jefferson community have filed a lawsuit against Jefferson Parish after the Parish Council denied its request to subdivide the property.

The Times-Picayune reported (https://bit.ly/1g3EBw9) Investment Holdings LLC and landowner KGT Holdings LLC filed suit Jan. 31 in state District Court in Gretna.

The council had denied the company’s requests after Councilman Paul Johnston cited neighborhood opposition.

Johnston said the developers should work with neighbors on their concerns.

The lawsuit claims denial of the division request was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Johnston led the council in denying the developers’ request after an outpouring of community opposition to the proposal.

Neighbors spoke against the project, arguing it would squeeze too many homes onto too small a site. They also voiced concerns about traffic and drainage.

The Planning Department had recommended approval, in part because it found lot sizes in such a diverse area could not be held to a “neighborhood norm.” Neighbors argued lots in the area were much larger than those proposed by the developer.

Johnston said Wednesday that he stands by his opposition. “I think he’s still trying to jam too much on 2.5 acres,” Johnston said. “The neighborhood was totally against it.”

A representative of the developers did not return repeated calls seeking comment.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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