- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

CONVENT, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish Council has set two public hearings on a proposed land-use plan that some officials say would reduce conflicts between residents and industry, promote affordable housing and preserve historic sites all while encouraging economic development.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1owKSng ) the hearings on the proposed ordinance are scheduled at 6 p.m. March 19 in Vacherie and 6 p.m. April 2 in Convent.

Parish Councilmen Jimmy Brazan and Ken Brass voted Wednesday against introducing the proposed land-use ordinance, both saying they believe a more updated version was to have been included in the draft.

The council, nevertheless, voted 5-2 to introduce the proposed in order to set the public hearings.

Brass encouraged the councilmen to review the updated land-use plan and said he had issues with the proposed plan’s nonconformity clauses and vested property right section.



The parish has no land-use plan, said parish spokeswoman Melissa Wilkins.

The St. James Parish Planning Commission created a committee to review the future master plan and, in turn, helped create the proposed land use plan.

The proposed land-use plan calls for 10 categories: residential/future industrial, residential growth, commercial, commercial/residential mixed, industrial, agriculture, recreation, schools, fire department and water and wetlands.

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

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