LaPlace trailer rezoning issue now laid to rest

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2005


Staff Reporter

LAPLACE — After continuous opposition to rezoning property located at West Fifth Street in LaPlace to a mobile home district, residents finally get to put it to rest.

Mary Duhe gathered a bunch of residents to come to a meeting on Wednesday night led by Councilwoman Jaclyn Hotard. At the meeting Hotard read a letter that was received by Parish President Nickie Monica earlier that day from District Attorney John Crum’s Office, concerning the trailers placed on the rear portion of Tami Levatino’s trailer park, that came in to grandfathering question. G. Charles Lorio Jr. signed the letter.

The letter stated, “The property where this trailer park is located is zoned R-1 and is considered a non-conforming use under Section 33:125, et seq., of the Parish’s Code of Ordinances. This section prohibits enlargement, expansion, extension or addition of or to the nonconformity.”

The letter continued on saying that if trailers continue to be placed on that particular piece of property it would violate the Parish Code of Ordinance, and that without a zoning amendment, the Levatino trailer park may not be extended or expanded.

Hotard reassured the residents that even though six more trailers have been moved onto the property, it is prohibited to hook them up. She also said she visits the property frequently with her video camera to make sure they are not being hooked up.