ZACHARY - The City Council voted 3-1 to approve a non-binding resolution of support for the proposed Americana commercial and residential development off Mount Pleasant Road west of Zachary’s corporate limits.
The project is proposed as a “traditional neighborhood development” with residential property, commercial areas, civic and institutional space and open space, according to a brochure from the developers, Daigle-Americana Development LLC.
The developers plan to offer property for a YMCA facility and have grocery, restaurant and other businesses, including a movie theater.
The resolution approved by the council during its meeting Tuesday expresses the council’s support for annexing the 418-acre tract now owned by Old Towne Development LLC and creating an economic development district with council members serving on its governing body.
The economic development district would be asked to levy a new, 1-cent sales tax on purchases in Americana. Revenue from the tax would be applied toward financing public projects in the development, along with 1 cent of the city’s 2-cent sales tax.
The tax revenues would come only from sales generated in the development.
Councilman Dan Wallis voted against the resolution, saying he has reservations about giving up 1 cent of the city’s sales tax collected in Americana to help develop the project because the city would need that money to provide fire and police protection.
Councilmen John Coghlan, Tommy Womack and Brandon Noel voted for the resolution. Councilman Francis Nezianya was absent.
Mayor David Amrhein said the city is getting no sales taxes from the property now, but the long-term gain would more than offset briefly giving up 1 cent of sales tax revenue to finance the infrastructure.
“I see this as the city moving forward,” Coghlan said. “It’s a great day for Zachary.”
The developers want the city to pay for a “roundabout,” or traffic circle, along with landscaping on Mount Pleasant Road, or La. 64, and provide water lines to the development.
Charles Landry, attorney for the developers, estimated the cost of the highway work at $1.5 million.
Amrhein said the city has money in its general fund and its road fund that could cover the costs.
The developers also plan to develop public trails, landscaping and a sewer connection at a total cost of $1.1 million, for which they would be reimbursed through the tax-increment financing.
The developers also want the city to approve the development’s proposed zoning, including zoning that would allow for the sale of alcoholic beverages at certain retail establishments.