CLINTON — Legal questions about a proposed residential subdivision addition in the southwestern part of East Feliciana Parish remained unresolved after a lengthy airing before a Police Jury committee on Tuesday.
The parish’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a plan for an addition to Highland Meadows, off La. 68 at the East Baton Rouge Parish line, but the Police Jury held off final approval on April 4 after juror Glen Kent said he had some concerns about what the commission had approved.
The jury referred the matter to the three-member Executive Committee, which took up the issue Tuesday after two earlier delays.
Kent, a lawyer and a surveyor, said part of the proposed extension of Highland Meadows Drive and the four new lots dip into East Baton Rouge Parish, and he questioned whether East Feliciana officials could approve a development that includes property in the neighboring parish.
He also questioned whether the subdivision addition violates a parish ordinance prohibiting the extension of a subdivision into property that was not part of the original development.
Kent also said people living in the original subdivision had complained they were not afforded an opportunity to express their concerns about the new development’s impact on their property.
The Executive Committee took no action to formulate a recommendation to the full jury on the subdivision, but jury President Louis Kent said a recommendation will be made at the jury’s meeting Monday.
Developer Oscar Zeringue said East Baton Rouge Parish planning officials had no objection to the extension into the neighboring parish, and he said the four new lots, to be accessed through a private servitude, rather than a public street, will be larger than those in the original subdivision.
Zeringue said he bought 19 acres adjoining Highland Meadows and maintained that he had enough property without the additional acreage to build a second phase that meets parish requirements.
Surveyor Skip Moody and Carrol Devillier Jr., attorney for another developer involved in a lawsuit against the parish, questioned wether Tuesday’s meeting followed the appeal procedure outlined in the subdivision ordinance, but Glen Kent said “appeal” was just a word he chose to convince the jury on April 4 to take another look at the proposal.
Louis Kent also said the discussion was just an “informal hearing.”