Planning Commission approves 77 lots in Pelican Point; recommends 20′ road requirement in future

On Wednesday Ascension’s Planning Commission approved (by a 5-1 vote) the preliminary plat for 14th Filing for Pelican Point Golf Community-Plantation Commons, the application is for a new filing containing 77 lots.  “This subdivision is located on the west side of Hwy 44 approximately two miles south of Interstate 10,” one of south Ascension’s most […]

Pendarvis annexation bid rejected by 3-2 vote of Gonzales Council

Gonzales’ Council rejected Dempsey Pendarvis’ petition to annex 3.1 acres into the city on Monday in a 3-2 vote which left Mayor Barney Arceneaux and his predecessor, Johnny Berthelot now occupying a seat on the five-member panel, miffed.  It was not Pendarvis’ first attempt to have the subject acreage, located in the southeast corner of […]

Part of I-10 interchange plan, rules suspended to approve Buzzard Roost Industrial Park

By a 5-1 vote on January 13 (Wednesday), Ascension’s Planning Commission approved the 1st Filing of Buzzard Roost Industrial Park.  The action ignored the fact that Hwy 30 Level of Service is an unacceptable “E;” and the developer reneged on a deal made with neighboring landowners to provide a tree-lined buffer zone to shield residents.  […]

Low bid for gym at Lamar Dixon comes in $840,000 over the budget

Bids to construct a new gym a Lamar Dixon Expo Center (LDEC) are in, but none comes close to the $2.5 million construction budget set in 2019.  Ascension’s Director of Planning and Facility Maintenance, Ricky Compton delivered the bad news to the Parish Council’s Recreation Committee on Tuesday.  The low bid is $840,000 over the project budget. […]

Cointment lauds parish crews, details drainage improvements in 2020

I am responding to the article titled “Another year passes without Major Drainage improvement” on 12/28/2020 (see link below) in this publication which implied that nothing has been accomplished in major drainage this year.  This is misleading on several fronts. Another year passes without Major Drainage improvements This is misleading on several fronts. First, I […]

23,000 residential lots approved since Ascension adopted Home Rule, more on the way

In 1994 Ascension Parish’s population was 63,925 and advocates of “maintaining rural character” could still be taken seriously.  Hamstrung by the pettiness that comes with parochial police jury politics, 64% (4166 voters out of 6523 votes cast) of the electorate opted for Home Rule as Ascension scrapped the (some said) outmoded form of governance.  1994 […]

Sorrento Councilman Chris Guidry: Huge shout out to Ascension Drainage Department

Chris Guidry was elected to Sorrento’s Town Council in a Special Election held on October 12, 2019.  Like others before him, Guidry was motivated to serve because of persistent, frustrating drainage issues long bedeviling the town with no relief in sight.  He is determined to find solutions, committed to a cooperative relationship with Ascension Parish […]

Denial of Antebellum Pointe stands

Needing eight votes to overturn the Planning Commission’s March 11 denial of Antebellum Pointe’s subdivision preliminary plat, Monday’s vote by the Planning Commission Appeals Board was 6-4 and the plat is denied.   The Board is comprised of 11 Ascension Council members, one of whom (first-term Councilman Joel Robert) was not present.  Three council newcomers (Chase […]

Ascension getting into Traffic Signal business so developer can sell residential lots

Ascension Parish, apparently, is getting into the traffic signal business.  It is, not surprisingly, to accommodate two new subdivisions near the Germany/Braud road intersection where the signal will be installed.  Since the parish lacks the expertise to operate traffic signals an outside traffic engineer has to be hired so that Highland Trace and Lake at West Creek (subsequently […]

Orgeron leaves Casso holding the bag as Sewer Committee disbanding after one (official) meeting

Mercifully, the six-member committee created to negotiate with Ascension Sewer, LLC is on its way to oblivion, said committee having unanimously voted to disband at its first and only meeting on Tuesday.  It was an awful idea from inception, made worse when half of the six -member team conducted an April 30 Zoom conference with […]