Council members introducing ordinance to address gravel pit controversy

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Council members in Livingston Parish will be introducing a new ordinance that will help to regulate gravel mining.

Uproar broke out in the Oak Hills subdivision in Watson when gravel company, Southern Aggregates, gave notice to residents about the company's gravel mining location. The site would be adjacent to the subdivision. This has been an issue since August.

Councilwoman Joan Landry, who is head of the ordinance committee and worked on the latest ordinance, said the parish can't stop the company from putting a gravel pit there because the parish has no zoning laws. She explained the company would work closely with the parish engineer and follow some guidelines. Landry said the parish is trying to please everyone, but also avoid court.

"It's the best we can do to keep ourselves from being sued for denying a gravel pit when we had no basis to deny one," said Landry. “The ordinance is going to give protection to the homeowners and landowners and will regulate dust and noise as much as possible.”

“I don't believe them," said homeowner Doug Bowen. "I don't understand what the council is doing. Are they looking out for the constituents or are they looking out for the gravel pit owners?"

The ordinance could be voted on at the next council meeting.

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