Ascension Parish building moratorium set to go into effect

Ascension Parish building moratorium to go into effect Thursday
Ascension Parish building moratorium to go into effect Thursday(Gray Media)
Published: Jul. 14, 2021 at 6:50 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2021 at 8:59 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A building moratorium will go into effect in Ascension Parish on Thursday, July 15, but any development that gets approved Wednesday night will be able to move forward with the building.

Ascension Parish leaders say that’s because the applications started before the temporary ban went in place.

As more families move to Ascension Parish the need for homes is growing.

“Nobody wants it,” said Patricia Peno, one Gonzales resident.

Some neighbors in Gonzales said the development is happening too fast.

“At the beginning, we had lots of room for growth. Like, 15-20 years ago, it was like, ‘Oh, we’ve got lots of room, no problem,’ but now, it’s gone on unchecked for so many years, we’re having problems,” added Peno.

In an effort to figure out how the parish is going to deal with drainage issues, which some say have occurred because of all the new development, the parish has issued a temporary ban on building.

“Whether it’s reviewing our fill ordinance, reviewing the drainage impact studies all of that that we had in there, we’re working towards those goals, we’re doing it right now,” said Aaron Lawler, Ascension Parish District 7 councilman.

The moratorium only applies to any new applications.

So, any developments that began the application process before the moratorium can still move forward with building if it is approved.

“If it’s not approved, it would be up to them if they want to appeal to the council,” explained Lawler.

Peno said the development by her house is just not a good idea.

“The water, when it rains hard, the bayou overflows and it gets close and if you cover 35 acres with concrete, there’s going to be more water,” noted Peno.

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