Strategic Planning recommends limiting fill to three feet, rigorous Drainage Impact Study policy

Delayed for ten months by fiat of EA Drainage Board Chairman Dempsey Lambert, anti-flooding measures proposed by HNTB engineers were taken up by Ascension’s Council Strategic Planning Committee last week.  The committee, with Vice Chair Randy Clouatre wielding the gavel in Chairman Oliver Joseph’s stead, recommended all proposed changes to the full council, bypassing EA […]

One year ago today: Revisiting Oak Grove Townhouses debacle

One year ago today Ascension’s Planning Commission reversed itself, completing the most egregious betrayal of the public trust ever perpetrated by that appointed body.  There is ample blame to go around, not limited to four commissioners who approved Oak Grove Townhouses on March 14, 2018 after the panel denied the plat on November 8, 2017.  One individual, […]

Here we go again. Utilities Committee takes up East Bank Sewer

“I done seen all this before, I’ve heard all this before,” Councilman Oliver Joseph dismissed the newest effort to bring sanitary sewer to east bank Ascension Parish. “Not from me,” responded Infrastructure Director William Daniel confidently. Unveiled at Tuesday’s meeting of the Parish Council Utilities Committee, the new plans look just like the old plans; […]

Sorrento extends subdivision moratorium; makes demand on EA Drainage

With a six-month moratorium on Major and Minor Subdivisions set to expire, Sorrento’s Town Council unanimously approved an extension of three months on Monday. The town hired former Ascension Parish Planning Director Ricky Compton to revamp its zoning map and update its development ordinances to mirror the parish’s since Ascension oversees certain functions, permitting being one, […]

Board recommends Heritage Crossing as site of PACE Center

On Friday Gonzales’ Industrial Development Board recommended DD of Louisiana’s Heritage Crossing, the mixed-use development planned at the intersection of Highways 30 and 44, as the site for the city’s Performing Arts, Conference & Events (PACE) Center.  DD of Louisiana’s proposal received a score of 457 (out of a possible 500) from the five-member board, a 91.4 average.  […]

Satterlee ends speculation announcing 2019 Re-election bid

Family, friends, neighbors, District 4 residents (voters), et al.: After a lot of serious reflection and soul searching, I’ve come to a very important life decision. Albeit, arguably, I’m getting a little “long in the tooth” age wise, and, as most of you probably know or have heard about, I have been recently battling some […]

No brainer: PACE Center should be located at Heritage Crossing

Tomorrow morning Gonzales’ Industrial Development Board is scheduled to make its site recommendation for a new Performing Arts, Conference & Events (PACE) Center to the City Council.  Three applicants responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in January but only one was truly responsive.  For that, and many other reasons, Heritage Crossing should be the choice. […]

Heritage Crossing: Cultural focal point for region

If you remember when the City of Gonzales’ southern boundary was Hwy 30, the acreage in the southwest corner of its intersection with Hwy 44 has always piqued your curiosity.  An open field annexed into the city along with the new I-10 exit at Hwy 44 in the mid-1970s, the land now lies in the […]

Gonzales lawyer proposes Minority Voting District in the city

Currently the City of Gonzales’ five Council seats are determined at quadrennial elections conducted city-wide and a Gonzales attorney wants to change that.  Dallon Bush submitted three proposals to alter the city’s at-large seats, but not all five of them.  He offered three proposals that carve out “a minority district” where black voters would significantly outnumber […]

Gonzales Board to consider three sites for PACE Center

Gonzales’ Industrial Development Board accepted three responses to a January 25 Request for Proposals to acquire acreage for the Performing Arts, Conference & Events (PACE) Center yesterday.  One of four submissions was rejected for nonconformity with the RFP, leaving Carlisle Resorts, Tower Capital Holdings, and DD of Louisiana to battle it out on March 8 when the […]