Hwy 42/Old Jefferson intersection about to see a lot more traffic

One of Ascension’s busiest intersections is Hwy 42/Old Jefferson, a stone’s throw to the east of Airline Hwy in Prairieville.  And its about to get worse with two subdivisions gearing up for construction.

Heavy equipment moving dirt The Meadows at Oak Grove

The Meadows at Oak Grove occupies 70.4 acres north of Hwy 42, within a half-mile or so of Airline Hwy, where 212 single family residential lots were approved by a unanimous Planning Commission on August 12, 2015 “contingent upon John Broussard Road being closed off.  Seemingly more dire concerns of the Planning Staff were ignored:

The proposed subdivision is generating approx. 6,400-10,000 new trips per day, depending on the type of commercial that is developed on the Hwy 42 outparcels with little to no consideration to upstream or downstream impacts being created / made worse. Unless the developer proposes additional offsets to this increased traffic burden, at this time, the staff cannot recommend approval.

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While this plat is consistent with all applicable codes and ordinances with regards to major subdivision development, until efforts are made by the Parish Council to address the explosive growth in the Parish, and the un-encumbered impact major subdivision development has on the regions traffic and sewage infrastructure, at this time the staff cannot recommend approval as it is inconsistent with the Parish’s Master Plan.

The developer, The Meadows at Oak Grove, LLC is owned by four individuals; Clayton Mitchell, David Law, Jameson Chauvin, and Wesley Daniel.

Oak Grove Townhomes

Oak Grove Townhouses is a Danton Bruce development.  According to minutes of the March 14, 2018 Planning Commission meeting it is a…

 “…townhome subdivision is located on the southeast corner of LA Hwy. 42 and LA Hwy. 73 approximately 1,350’ east of U.S. 61 (Airline Hwy.) in Council District 7 and is zoned Mixed Use 2 (MU2). The application is on behalf of Dantin-Bruce Development, LLC by McLin-Taylor, Inc. The total property owned by the developer consists of +/-17 acres. The applicant is proposing a private townhome subdivision on +/-12.3 acres of that property containing 92 lots.”

Denied in November 2017,  the Parish Council declined to hear Oak Grove Townhouses’ appeal, sending it back to the Planning Commission for RECONSIDERATION.  And then…

One year ago today: Revisiting Oak Grove Townhouses debacle

well, you know how that all ended.

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