GONZALES — The Gonzales Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday rejected a developer’s request to have property in the city rezoned for residential lots of 6,000 square feet, in an area surrounded by 8,000-square-foot and larger lots.
Development and General Residential of Gonzales had plans to purchase property on South Purpera Avenue, contingent on a zoning change, to build a 24-lot subdivision called Marion Court that would have featured 1,800-square-foot homes in the price range of $250,000 to $325,000.
The property is currently zoned for business and is in an area of homes zoned at a larger lot size.
“I like the size of the homes. My only concern is its R-6 zoning (6,000-square-foot lots), and there’s zero R-6 in that area,” said Commissioner Ralph Delatte.
“We’ve seen several R-6 developments lately, but that whole area is R-8 and R-15,” the largest lot size in the city, said Commissioner Terry Richey.
Commission Chairman Frank Cagnolatti asked Jonathan Starns, with Development and General Residential, how much more the company could sell the lots for if they were zoned at the 8,000-square-foot size.
“I don’t think we could do the development” at that zoning, which would result in fewer lots in the subdivision, Starns said.
In the public hearing on the matter held Monday, Sam Pasqua, a resident who lives near the property in question, said the rezoning request “just concerned me. I don’t know what can be built on R-6.”
After the meeting, Jonathan Starns with Development and General Residential said it is unlikely the company would purchase the property and pursue plans for a subdivision with the larger lot requirement.