Heritage Crossing welcomes Alexander’s Heritage Market to Gonzales

Heritage Crossing is excited to welcome Alexander’s Heritage Market to Gonzales. Lathan, Ryan and Reid Alexander, along with Miles Holley, Sr, will own and operate the new location. Heritage Crossing is Gonzales’ newest mixed-use development encompassing a range of restaurants, shopping, banking and office options, modern residential, and 22 acres of recreational water features with […]

18% population increase since 2010 census, where does Ascension go from here?

One month into a 9-month moratorium on subdivision of property and Ascension received the Census data indicating an 18% population increase over the last decade.  126,500 respondents to the census taker called Ascension home, the number is an undercount (no census counts everyone and COVID-19 made the process less reliable).  Still, significant growth ranking second […]

EA Drainage’s videoconference meeting violates Open Meetings law claims Robert

August 5’s regularly-scheduled meeting of Ascension’s Parish Council was conducted via videoconference after a series of gubernatorial proclamations reinstating various emergency measures related to COVID-19.  Chairwoman Teri Casso announced a 22% positivity rate and the parish president had contracted the virus.  Which did little to placate an adamantine public, eager to confront an elected officialdom […]

Authority over EA Drainage no closer to resolution (read the Cointment counterproposal)

Received by non-participating council members on or about August 2, President Clint Cointment’s administration countered the Council-proposed Intergovernmental Agreement between East Ascension Drainage District and the parish a few days later.  On their respective faces the competing versions have much in common, but there is one glaring divergence.  The Council draft contemplates an heretofore unmentioned […]

Council proposes different drainage agreements (see terms here)

Sooner as opposed to later, East Ascension Drainage District has to clean up the mess made by six members at the June 28 Special Meeting.  Called by Chairman Dempsey Lambert when Aaron Lawler and Teri Casso sensed an opportunity to take away Parish President Clint Cointment’s authority, a 6-4 vote to void an existing Intergovernmental […]

District 2 Councilman insists on public participation in EA Drainage negotiations

To the People of District 2 and Ascension Parish: When I made the decision to run for Council, I knew it was going to be a difficult job.  From Day One divisions among the council were obvious, and certain of my colleagues were at odds with President Clint Cointment.  It can be a frustrating experience […]

Council approves $42 Million agreement for Hwy 22 Bridge Construction drainage improvements

During Thursday’s meeting of Ascension’s Council, held virtually as the parish’s most recent COVID-19 positivity rate reached 22%, a major piece of drainage business was accomplished.  A unanimous approval of the Intergovernmental Agreement with Pontchartrain Levee District to undertake the Hwy 22 Gapping Project, $42 million worth of funding through the Louisiana Watershed Initiative (LWI) earmarked in 2020.  […]

Drainage issues unresolved, Gonzales commission approves 198 lots at Conway subdivision

Gonzales’ Planning Commission unanimously approved two subdivision preliminary plats Monday, signing off on 198 lots in the Conway Subdivision development in the city’s southernmost bounds along Hwy 44.   Village at Conway, adjacent to Hwy 941 to the south, saw 90 more lots approved subject to several conditions imposed to ensure persistent drainage issues are addressed […]

Development moratorium is only delay, real change requires new council members

Ascension Parish’s Unified Land Development Code (ULDC), Subdivision Regulation and corresponding ordinances could do with updating as a nine-month moratorium on subdivision of property is in place.  The moratorium is premised upon the need to address drainage issues, but there is nothing to prevent an examination of other regulatory areas during the hiatus, most particularly […]

Buzzard Roost preliminary plat approval rescinded

It is not very often that a preliminary plat, already approved, is rescinded but that is just what happened on Wednesday to Buzzard Roost (Industrial Park)’s 1st Filing.  Six months having elapsed since the January 13 videoconference approval without construction drawings having been submitted, the plat is automatically rescinded unless the Planning Commission decides to extend.  […]