YOUNGSVILLE — The City Council has unanimously approved plans for a 122-lot residential subdivision after examining the plat and mandating changes to the plans, such as adding drainage and sidewalks.
Project engineer Paul Myers said Thursday that Meadow Bend subdivision, off La. 89 south of Fortune Road, will be worth $3.5 million with lots selling for about $17,000 each. Work could start in late September or October, he said.
The property is in the northern portion of the city near the Copperfield subdivision, Myers said.
Mayor Wilson Viator said the developer is allowed to build the subdivision, but the council must grant final approval before the city takes over maintenance of the road and water system.
Councilman Tim Barbier made multiple changes to the plans when he made the motion to approve the project.
He said one of his main concerns was drainage.
Barbier’s motion added the requirement that ditches or underground drainage pipes be installed along outer edges of the subdivision to minimize flooding on property adjacent to Meadow Bend.
Barbier said other subdivisions have caused flooding problems, and the city was saddled with the cost of correcting them.
The council also required that the new subdivision install sidewalks, which were not included in the original plans.
In other council business Thursday:
DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION: Viator said the administration will schedule a meeting in the near future to get public input on the city’s downtown revitalization project.
City government has received $2.4 million from the state to improve portions of La. 92, La. 734, and La. 89 that fall within the city. Viator said.
Most of the money will be used to resurface the roads, and some will be used for the revitalization project, Viator said.
He added that $600,000 of the downtown revitalization project money will come from the city’s coffers and be used on a portion of La. 89.
The state provided the $2.4 million after the council agreed to take over maintenance of the roads, Viator said.
The city could have waited for the state to resurface the roads, but Viator said state officials told him the state was not scheduled to have work conducted on the roads for another 10 years.