Brookstone denial overturned; Subdivision plat approved

L-r: James "Chili" Russo, Fritz Englade, and Ken Firmin

L-r: James “Chili” Russo, Fritz Englade, and Ken Firmin

A three-member Planning Commission Appeals Board, appointed and confirmed 11 days ago, overturned Ascension Planning Commission’s February 10 denial of Brookstone’s subdivision preliminary plat.  Monday’s vote was 2-1 with James “Chili” Russo and Fritz Englade forming the pro-Brookstone majority, and Ken Firmin dissenting.

Englade cited his reliance on Planning Staff recommendations and discounted the Planning Commission’s February vote to justify his vote.  Russo, a resident of the west bank and ardent supporter of Parish President Kenny Matassa, went out of his way to cast blame for north Ascension’s growing pains on the Parish Council, at one point criticizing the body’s failure to adopt a moratorium on east bank development.

Firmin, a resident of Council District 7 where Brookstone is sited, said the troubles of existing residents trumps the right of Brookstone’s developers to erect yet another subdivision.

A self-satisfied Deric Murphy [left] upon hearing the good news.  His company, Quality Engineering was represented Brookstone at the hearing.

A self-satisfied Deric Murphy [left] upon hearing the good news. His company, Quality Engineering was represented Brookstone at the hearing.

Pelican Post will bring you the full story, and the back-story too, tomorrow.

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