Has a sitting Ascension Parish President ever openly advocated that a residential subdivision preliminary plat be denied by the parish’s Planning Commission. If so, we can find no precedent for Clint Cointment’s letter…
Regarding the above referenced preliminary plat to be considered for approval or denial at the March 11, 2020 Planning Commission meeting, the administration has concerns about the traffic along LA Highway 73 and the sewer service for the project, and therefore recommends that the project be denied.
The traffic concerns along LA Highway 73 are well documented. Delays on that stretch of road leading to Interstate 10 are notoriously long and are complicated by its intersection with LA Highway 621. While the traffic study indicates that the widening of I-10 from its intersection with Hwy 73 in a northbound direction will cure the delays, we cannot be certain that will occur until the actual widening is complete and traffic begins to utilize that section of road. After the new I-10 lane opens we would suggest another study to determine the actual timing of traffic entering the interstate and also determine any proposed modifications to the traffic signal timing at the intersection of Hwy 621 and Hwy 73.
While a major sewer trunk line is located in Hwy 73 and the Parish would demand a connection to that line for any development along that road, the Parish currently has no treatment capacity for influent. The expanded sewer plant within the Renaissance development will reach capacity upon the connection of the previously approved hospital and school developments. Additionally, the plant itself cannot be expanded due to the parcel size upon which it is located. The Parish is considering a major sewer treatment plant that can serve the area but that plant is in the future. As noted in the Pre-Application meeting, the Parish will accept influent from the proposed subdivision when treatment capacity in a Parish plant is available.
Your consideration of the Parish Administration’s concerns during your deliberations is appreciated.
Clint Cointment, Ascension Parish President