St. Charles Council Oks subdivision cross-street

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 11, 1999

LEONARD GRAY / L’Observateur / December 11, 1999

HAHNVILLE – In the face of resident opposition, the St. Charles ParishCouncil approved a cross-street into the rear of Bar None Ranch Estates subdivision from a new subdivision under development.

The action, during Monday’s meeting of the Parish Council, allows only a single cross-street from Riverbend Subdivision into Bar None Ranch at the rear.

New subdivision regulations call for connecting streets to be installed at the 1,500-foot point and at similar intervals away from main highways to facilitate emergency services.

Rachel Irwin voiced her opposition, and said, “We were there first!” Other residents pointed out Bar None’s substandard-width street and lack of sidewalks and street lights. Council member-elect April Black likewisejoined in support of the Bar None residents.

Parish President Chris Tregre, on the other hand, pointed out that without this agreement, the only alternative on the table is installation of two or three cross-streets, instead of one.

The council, working with developer Warren Treme of Treme Builders, approved a cross-street at the rear of the 3,800-foot deep subdivision.

In other activity, the council voted to block the rezoning of the old Spartan Supply, or Louisiana Mill Supply building in Taft, from residential to light industrial.

The original building predated the 1981 establishment of the parish’s zoning ordinance. At that time, the property was zoned residential.In 1989, the owners added a warehouse expansion and claimed not to be aware of the 1981 rezoning. The warehouse was allowed under a special-use permit.

Now, though, the plan is for the owner to sell the building but it is unmarketable under its residential zoning. The council voted to keep thezoning residential in a 6-0 vote.

At the end of the meeting, the Parish Council awarded a $450,238 contract for the construction of sidewalks along Paul Maillard Road in Luling.

The meeting ended at the council’s self-imposed 10 p.m. curfew. Anattempt to finish the agenda past that time was blocked because six votes are required to do so. With only six members in attendance, CouncilmanEllis Alexander voted against extending the meeting past 10 p.m.This left several items to be held over to the Dec. 20 meeting, includingpending increases to the trash collection and recycling fees.

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