GONZALES — The new master plan drafted for Gonzales got a step closer to a final vote Monday night, when it officially was presented to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
A public hearing on the plan will be held at the commission’s next meeting on Aug. 3.
Discussion and a vote by the Gonzales City Council will be the next actions to follow, in the yearlong process of the plan’s development.
Lauren Marschall, a project manager with the nonprofit Center for Planning Excellence, the Baton Rouge organization that developed the plan, presented it to commission members on Monday night.
In other matters, Commission Chairman Frank Cagnolatti gave a brief report on the recent outcome of a civil lawsuit filed against the city in 2012 over a rezoning issue.
“The judge ruled in our favor, against the plaintiffs,” Cagnolatti said.
The suit had been filed by a group of residents who claimed the rezoning was an example of spot zoning.
In 2012, the City Council voted to rezone about 18 acres on Orice Roth Road, owned by local developer Sonny Lamendola, from residential to commercial. The land was to serve as the potential site for an Emerson Process Management plant that does valve work for industrial plants.
The Emerson company built in another location, and the property is now being developed by Lamendola as Commerce Park, an office-warehouse complex.
On June 23, state District Judge Jessie LeBlanc ruled that the rezoning of the property three years ago was “valid and did not constitute spot zoning.”
In an unrelated matter, Lamendola is in the process of drawing up documents to donate 40 acres, also on Orice Roth Road, to Gonzales as a proposed park, said Kenny Lambert, representing Lamendola.
An appraiser is recommending that the property be rezoned from residential to commercial retail to serve as a buffer between Commerce Park and a residential subdivision, called Gonzales Trace, that Lamendola also is developing.
A public hearing will be held on the rezoning request on Aug. 3.
Also Monday night, Cagnolatti and John Lanoux were re-elected chairman and co-chairman, respectively, of the Gonzales Planning and Zoning Commission.