Pelican Post just learned that Ascension Parish Planning Director Ricky Compton has been terminated.
Human Resources took the action when Parish President Kenny Matassa declined to present Compton for ratification. Compton would not offer any statement for the record other than to confirm his termination.
Compton has proposed a number of revisions to Ascension’s subdivision regulations which increase the cost of doing business in Ascension. The last was a draft ordinance to impose a pre-determined fee on developers that would be used by the parish to hire engineers to perform drainage and traffic impact studies required of every new plat.
Under Compton’s leadership Ascension imposed regulations requiring quality of life amenities in new subdivisions. He has openly supported impact fees on new development, another highly unpopular measure in the development community.
The Parish Council’s Strategic Planning Commission just forwarded an ordinance to the full Council which would impose a six-month moratorium on “major subdivisions” in the unincorporated areas of east bank Ascension Parish.
In February the Planning Commission denied a subdivision preliminary plat planned off Parker Rd, the first such denial in recent memory. That subdivision was represented by Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC whose Deric Murphy was named to President Matassa’s transition team two months ago.
Quality Engineering has represented each preliminary plat submitted in 2016.
Compton’s termination comes in the wake of a nasty email sent to Compton by Quality’s Jared “Burger” Beiriger after Compton alerted a Quality engineer that River Landing, a Quality-engineered subdivision, had failed its final inspection.
While none of the foregoing may have anything to do with Ricky Compton’s ouster, it certainly evidences a changing attitude toward development in Ascension Parish.
Parish Human Resources would not comment on the 8-year Planning Director’s termination. President Matassa is out of town attending a police jury conference and a text message seeking comment has not been returned.