GONZALES — The Gonzales Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday agreed to hold a public hearing next month on zoning requests for the M.P. Evans property, set to be developed by a Lafayette-based company into a mixed-used community called Conway Plantation.
Prescott Bailey, with Southern Lifestyle Development of Lafayette, presented the request to zone approximately 106 acres of the 344-acre site on La. 44 south of Interstate 10 for a traditional neighborhood development that would put shops, homes and parks within easy walking distance of each other.
The development company also seeks to zone 204 acres of the property for residential lots of 6,000 square feet.
Bailey said the development company is seeking to remove previous zoning of C-2 on the property — long called the M.P. Evans property after the late Merritt P. Evans, who raised cattle there for many years — which had allowed for both retail and warehouse-types of business.
Bailey also said Southern Lifestyle Development is conducting a traffic study for the development and was meeting with the state Department of Transportation and Development on plans for the entryway into Conway Plantation from La. 44.
A traffic roundabout appears to be one option being considered, Bailey said.
The development company also will be meeting with the Ascension Parish School Board to discuss ways to make connections from Conway Plantation to adjacent property the School Board purchased in 2011 for a new high school in the future.
The public hearing for the zoning requests for Conway Plantation will be held at 6 p.m. April 6.
A public hearing also will be held that day for a request to rezone approximately 23 acres on South Burnside from a mix of retail and residential to C-2, the commercial zoning that allows for both retail and warehouse-type businesses.
The property, owned by PriceCo, a company of the Price LeBlanc family, was once the hoped-for location of Crawford Electric, a national electric supply company, but the Gonzales City Council last year denied, by a 3-2 vote, the rezoning request for the business.
At Monday’s meeting, City Clerk Clay Stafford said the owners of the property haven’t yet announced an intended use for the property.
The Planning and Zoning Commission also on Monday approved a preliminary plat for two filings, of 11 lots each, for the new Meadow Crossing residential development at South Darla Avenue and West Worthey Street.
The way was cleared for the new subdivision, which was purchased last year by McCoy Property Holdings of Denham Springs from Alvin Turner, when the City Council earlier this month approved a rezoning request on the property from a larger lot size of 8,000 square feet to a smaller lot size of 6,000 square feet.
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