ZACHARY — A proposed traditional neighborhood development could increase household income here by $32.8 million after five years, according to a report by James A. Richardson, alumni professor of economics at LSU.
Charles Landry, attorney for Daigle-Americana Development, presented the report to City Council members during their meeting Tuesday.
As a result of the proposed development 1,002 people could move to Zachary within five years and city tax collections could increase by $10 million, he said.
The developers plan to offer property for a YMCA facility along with grocery, restaurant and other businesses, including a movie theater.
“This is a great day for Zachary,” Councilman John Coghlan said. “The city is moving forward.”
Other matters considered by the council included:
FIRE CHIEF: The mayor introduced acting Fire Chief Danny Kimble, who retired after 31 years of service with the East Baton Rouge Fire Department.
Kimble will oversee the Fire Department while Fire Chief Boyce Smith uses up accumulated leave prior to his official retirement in June 2012, the mayor said.
TRICK-OR-TREAT: The council voted unanimously to set 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, as the official time for Halloween trick-or- treating in Zachary.
GRANT APPLICATION: The council gave the mayor authority to seek a $50,000 Louisiana Government Assistance Program grant.
If the money is forthcoming, $40,000 would be spent on improving the municipal natural gas distribution system, the mayor said.
Police Chief David Courtney said the remaining $10,000 would buy specialized police equipment such as state-of-the- art laser radar as well as rapid deployment bags making handcuffs and weapons available at all times inside police vehicles.