LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Moving forward was the goal of a public hearing on several ordinances before the Livingston Parish Council Thursday night. At the heart of all the issues is the use of land. For months, a group of residents have been fighting a proposed gravel pit in Watson that will be dug in their subdivision.
"If that thing is built in my backyard, my property value will go down. You can guarantee it," argued one passionate resident against the gravel pit.
The meeting discussed proposed regulations on future gravel pits such as requiring protective barriers and setting operating hours. Also up for debate was a land use guide that is part of the parish's master plan. The public hearing resulted in two hours of tense debate from both residents and council members.
When the parish council began their formal meeting, the ordinance placing regulations on future pits was deferred to give parish leaders a chance to find a compromise between resident demands and industry needs. The ordinance will go back to a committee for revision and made public before going back before the council in October.
The other big point of contention among councilmembers, the land-use guide, was tabled. That ordinance was meant to give momentum to the master-plan which was approved over a year ago. However, councilmembers could not agree on the potential impact on residents.