- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish Council has approved a request by parish President Bill Fontenot to hold preliminary meetings with parish engineers in order to discuss possible zoning regulations for unincorporated areas.

Fontenot said after Wednesday night’s meeting that St. Landry has no zoning ordinances for any of its rural areas.

He told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1lG2H1p ) zoning could become an issue, as more development, commercial and residential, moves into the parish along the Interstate 49 corridor north of Lafayette Parish.

Fontenot said there also is an indication that La. 13 south of Eunice to the Acadia Parish line could be affected by proposed development as the oil refinery industry develops in the Lake Charles area.

There also are indications that residential and commercial growth could continue along La. 93 south of the Cankton area to the Lafayette Parish line, Fontenot said.

The initial meetings, scheduled for next month, also will include Bill Rodier, executive director of St. Landry Industrial and Development and other parish business leaders whom Fontenot did not identify.

Fontenot said that historically, zoning is not a problem in rural areas, including St. Landry.

That might eventually change, Fontenot said.

“As growth in this parish accelerates during the next 10 years, taking a look at zoning certainly makes sense.

“You also want to look at zoning as something which does not inhibit growth, both commercial and residential,” Fontenot said.

Fontenot said the first meetings concerning zoning will include general discussion of the issue.

“We’ll look at the practicality (of zoning) and review what has been discussed on that subject (by the council) up until now,” Fontenot said.

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

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