Unanimous Council extends subdivision moratorium through May 31

Ascension Council and President

Moments ago a short-handed but unanimous Parish Council extended the current moratorium on subdivision of property in Ascension through May 31.  The current moratorium, nine months in duration was approved on June 17, 2021 and went into effect on July 15.  Thus, it was set to expire on April 15.

The vote was by acclimation, eight members agreeing because Councilman Corey Orgeron exited stage left prior to the vote so as not to upset his development masters.  Councilmen Travis Turner and Dempsey Lambert were absent for the entirety.

The moratorium was necessitated, according to President Clint Cointment who originally proposed a 12-month duration, because nine specified areas of need should be evaluated to combat worsening drainage.  The ordinance’s preamble claimed:

“The population of the Parish of Ascension is increasing; and due to the continued severe weather events that cause local flooding across Ascension Parish and in consideration of the health, safety, and welfare of the Ascension Parish citizens…”

Once in place, Cointment’s administration commenced a comprehensive review of the entire Unified Land Development Code, recommending a “batch” of amendments related to traffic mitigation measures required of subdivision developers, another “batch” related to drainage mitigation measures.