Ascension’s 25-year building boom by the numbers

The housing market in Ascension Parish is, to state the obvious, booming and it has been for some time.  To paraphrase a realtor acquaintance; homes can be sold virtually as soon as they come on the market.  To meet that demand there are 18 separate residential subdivision plats that have been approved by Ascension’s Planning Commission, amounting to approximately 2,200 lots.

If it seems like a lot, consider the following statement offered by a former Parish Engineer in December of 2015.

“There are 4,751 lots that are either currently being built or under review right now in Ascension Parish.”

In 2015 alone the Planning Commission approved 14 separate subdivision plats totaling 2,073 lots.  Since that, depending on one’s perspective, banner year the number of approvals dwindled, in large part we believe, because of August 2016’s Great Flood.  The raw numbers:

  • 2016-seven plats, 1,079 lots were approved (five pre-flood with two post-flood Planning Commission denials overturned by the Appeals Board);
  • 2017-six plats, 278 lots approved;
  • 2018-nine plats, 711 lots approved;
  • 2019-one plat/one Major Revision, 56 lots (Evelyn Estates’ developer walked away from 43 lots on acreage that became Clare Court, 13 lots were added to Pelican Crossing in a Major Revision);
  • 2020-two plats/180 lots;
  • 2021 (to date)-three plats (including Clare Court above), 217 lots.

NOTE:  Three preliminary plats, with approximately 200 lots, are pending.  All three are “Townhome” developments; two on either side of Hwy 73 near Dutchtown High School, the third along Hwy 44, 850′ south of Hwy 42.

Over half of the total lots approved and awaiting construction are located in the Hwy 44/Hwy 22 corridor south of Gonzales, over 1,100 lots (not including the 932-lot Conway Subdivision inside the city limits.  Easily the largest is Riverton, a 780-lot preliminary plat approved on March 9, 2016.

Not so long ago the Hwy 42 corridor in Prairieville/Galvez was the hottest of hot spots.  While nearly 400 lots remain to be sold along in developments on Hwy 42, saturation re-focused the development community southward.  Two subdivisions are being built out on Germany Road with Windermere Crossing’s 103 lots recently approved in the northwest corner of the intersection formed by Roddy and Cannon Roads just north of Gonzales.

What’s left?

Given the developers’ propensity for shoe-horning subdivisions into any area, Forestwood’s 95-lot development on S. St. Landry Road for instance, plenty.  There are 106 lots available in the Galvez area, another 88 lots approved at the confluence of Galvez-St. Amant (Hidden Lakes is an 88-lot development on 204 acres just off Hwy 931).


For what it’s worth, the numbers from 1994 when Ascension Parish’s Council created the Planning Commission:

  • 1994: 23 subdivisions approved (number of lots not provided)
  • 1995: 17 subdivisions (number of lots not provided)
  • 1196: 25 subdivisions; 1200 lots
  • 1997: 9 subdivisions; 1565 lots
  • 1998: 8 subdivisions; 600 lots
  • 1999: 24 subdivisions; 1369 lots
  • 2000: 17 subdivisions; 967 lots
  • 2001: 8 subdivisions; 403 lots
  • 2002: 7 subdivisions; 608 lots
  • 2003: 18 subdivisions; 1932 lots
  • 2004: 21 subdivisions; 1839 lots
  • 2005: 13 subdivisions; 1136 lots
  • 2006: 16 subdivisions; 1557 lots
  • 2007: 13 subdivisions; 1258 lots
  • 2008: 2 subdivisions; 419 lots (* Riverton Plantation’s 325 lots never built)
  • 2009: ZERO SUBDIVISIONS
  • 2010:   1 subdivision; 90 lots
  • 2011: 5 subdivisions; 414 lots
  • 2012: 3 subdivisions; 253 lots
  • 2013: 1 subdivision; 136 lots
  • 2014: 10 subdivisions; 825 lots
  • 2015: 14 subdivisions; 2,073 lots
  • 2016: 7 subdivisions; 1,079 lots (inflated by Riverton’s 780 lots)
  • 2017: 6 subdivisions; 278 lots
  • 2018: 9 subdivisions; 711 lots
  • 2019: 1 subdivision; 43 lots (See above for explanation)
  • 2020: 2 subdivisions; 180 lots
  • 2021: 3 subdivisions; 217 lots.

 

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