- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The St. Tammany Parish Council voted Thursday night to establish economic development districts at two Interstate 12 interchanges and an area near the Slidell Airport.

The Times-Picayune reported (https://bit.ly/1g3yf1e) consideration of proposals to create two other districts was postponed.

The council approved ordinances that create and set the boundaries for economic development districts near the airport and at the I-12 interchanges at Louisiana 59 north of Mandeville and Louisiana 1077 north of Madisonville.

The size and configuration of the districts vary.

In March, the council will consider establishing districts at I-12 interchanges at Louisiana Highway 1088 near Mandeville and at Louisiana 434 north of Lacombe.

Parish economic development director Don Shea told the council that such districts will give St. Tammany more tools to guide development at and near major interchanges along I-12, which he has described as the parish’s “Main Street.”

Creation of the districts would allow St. Tammany to establish design and land-use standards in those areas and levy special sales taxes.

The districts would help draw high-quality developments and make St. Tammany competitive with other areas, Shea said.

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

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