If it enrages Pendarvis can it be all bad? 3′ cap on fill adopted

If it frustrates the development community to the point of muttering veiled threats on their way out the door, can it be all bad?  One of Ascension’s land barons, Dempsey Pendarvis, angrily exited the Courthouse Annex in Gonzales on Thursday after a unanimous vote to cap fill material at three feet, period; an admittedly arbitrary […]

Blind Faith? Ascension’s latest foray into east bank sewer treatment

Without a word of comment from President Kenny Matassa or his administration, not a syllable out of ten Parish Council members, a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) with Ascension Sewer, LLC was approved at Thursday’s meeting.  The company is a self-styled “consortium” cobbled together by Bernhard Capital Partners which includes two engineering firms (GSA Consulting Engineers […]

Jeff Pettit: Sewer agreement another bad deal for Ascension

Sight unseen the Council Utilities Committee recommended a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with “a consortium” of interests put together by Bernhard Capital Partners to undertake “East Bank Regional (Sewer) System.”  If adopted by the Council tonight the parish will be stuck with Ascension Sewer, LLC and its four participating companies for at least 25 months as […]

First Anniversary: Jamestown Crossing (sausage-making at its finest)

One year ago today Ascension’s Planning Commission approved Jamestown Crossing (two phases), 172 lots on either side of Hwy 930.  It was the last plat approval before the Parish Council enacted a stringent Traffic Impact Analysis policy that would have, in all probability, killed the project.  Hwy 930, a substandard roadway, runs into one of Ascension’s busiest, Hwy […]

Traffic Impact Analysis in action: Evelyn Estates approval conditioned on intersection improvements

Evelyn Estates, a 43-lot subdivision proposed on 24.75 acres north of Cornerview Road and half-a-mile east of Hwy 73 received preliminary plat approval from a unanimous Planning Commission on Wednesday.  The approval was conditioned upon major improvements at two intersections which, more likely than not, means the subdivision will never be built. “If, in return […]

Oliver Joseph predicts changes to Parish Council with election five months away

As a unanimous Utilities Committee recommended the latest effort to bring sanitary sewer treatment to east bank Ascension, it was the inimitable Councilman Oliver Joseph who put things into proper political perspective.  As a 24-month Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) between the parish’s Ascension Consolidated Utilities District #2 and a four-company conglomerate was forwarded to the […]

Ascension’s share of $1.2 BILLION in Flood Recovery limited by State of Louisiana

Citing “election year politics” Councilman Randy Clouatre lambasted anonymous state officials for plans to diffuse $1.2 billion in federal “Disaster Recovery” funding at Monday’s East Ascension Drainage Board meeting.  Housing and Urban Development (HUD) “awarded nearly $28 billion to support long-term disaster recovery in hard-hit areas in nine states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin […]

$800,000 worth of Master Plan proposals going nowhere fast

As one request for an Attorney General opinion clarifying Planning Commission authority over preliminary plats has languished for seven months, we hearken back nearly a decade to analyze the seven-member appointed body’s power to adopt a new Master Land Use Plan.  Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) is pocketing $450,000 to give the commission something to […]

“Monumental” Courthouse project contract approved by Council [without input from Matassa]

Momentous…Monumental…in the words of Council Chairwoman Teri Casso, the contract to build a new courthouse planned for E Worthey St in Gonzales was approved by resolution Thursday at its historic Donaldsonville counterpart.  The price tag ($27,438,395) is guaranteed by the first in Ascension “Construction Manager at-risk” contract with $25 million worth of bonds issued, secured […]

Is the Council or Planning Commission responsible for adopting new Master Plan?

50, or is it 60,000 people are coming to Ascension Parish in the next 25 years whether you like it or not according to Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) Director of Planning Janet Tharp.  Where those new residents are going to live, how jam-packed into Residential Neighborhoods, Estate Subdivisions, or Neighborhood Hubs allowing an unspecified […]