HAMMOND — The City Council unanimously endorsed on Tuesday the Hammond Comprehensive Master Plan and Future Land Use Map.
The master plan, developed by Dover Kohl and Associates, will guide future zoning regulations and the manner in which land within the city’s limits will be utilized.
At its July 19 meeting, the council put off final approval of the plan when Councilman Jason Hood said he needed more time to study the document before he felt comfortable with what was included in the plan.
Hood said Tuesday he was satisfied with the direction of future land use and moved for passage of the resolution endorsing the plan.
Ginger Fortson, Hammond’s director of zoning and planning, has advised the council that the comprehensive land use plan is not law, but that all future decisions about zoning issues must conform with suggestions in the plan.
Other items on the council’s meeting agenda included:
NEW WATER WELL: The council gave Mayor Mayson Foster its consent to proceed with a proposed $740,000 contract for a new municipal water well.
Lacy Landrum, the city’s grant writer, said the well would be paid for through a Louisiana Community Development Block Grant matched with a $105,000 city of Hammond appropriation.
FAA LAND GRANT: The council authorized Foster to receive from the Federal Aviation Administration a deed for a 17- to 19-acre parcel of land valued at $540,000 near Hammond Northshore Airport.
Foster said the land once served as part of an old runway that is no longer in use.
The council agreed to take up a proposed ordinance allowing the city to declare the FAA gift surplus, opening the way for it to be sold.
Money from such a sale, Foster said, could then be used for construction of a proposed control tower at the airport.
FIBER OPTIC CABLE: The council agreed to seek a $150,000 federal grant from the eight-state Delta Regional Authority to install fiber optic cable in the city.
Landrum said the fiber optic cable would link the city’s industrial and business areas, encourage economic development, and improve the city’s communications network.
FIRE CHIEF SEARCH: Foster reported that the city has begun the process of selecting a new fire chief.
He said he hopes a successor to Fire Chief Paul Collura can be on board by the time Collura retires Sept. 30 after more than 41 years of service with the Fire Department.