ST. FRANCISVILLE — The West Feliciana Parish Council approved two rezoning requests Monday: one for a proposed subdivision and the other for a communications tower.

The council unanimously approved a rezoning request for a proposed residential neighborhood tentatively named Cedar Pointe subdivision by developers Derek Moreau and Craig Gosserand on land owned by Dorothy Dreher at 5298 U.S. 61. The parish Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended the request at its Dec. 4 meeting.

The 14-acre site will be developed into a mix of residential town homes and single family residences and will be subject to Planned Unit Development restrictions. When completed, land surveyor Cletus Langlois said, the property will have a nice front entrance with a private asphalt road and the houses will be in an affordable price range.

Kevin Dreher, who has property adjacent to the proposed new subdivision, said he was not opposed to developing the property, but he does oppose the idea of a PUD on the site because he doesn’t think it will be successful. His concern is with the possible effect on his property’s value.

“It’s up to you to hold their feet to the fire and if they do a development, to do it right,” said Dreher, who is a nephew of Dorothy Dreher. “I ask you all to do your homework.”

Kevin Dreher’s brother Andy, who also lives adjacent to the proposed subdivision, echoed the same concerns.

Meanwhile, the council with little discussion approved a rezoning request for a communications tower site on Pittman Road. 

In other business, the council passed a resolution authorizing attorney Dannie Garrett to request a Louisiana Attorney General’s opinion about the makeup of the West Feliciana Hospital Board and the Library Board. The opinion will determine whether the parish’s Home Rule Charter determines the terms of those boards’ members or, as independent service districts, whether their respective bylaws supersede the HRC.

The council also introduced three proposed ordinances and set public hearings for them:

  • The first is to consider sign and outdoor advertising regulations, with a public hearing scheduled Feb. 12 at 5 p.m.
  • The second is related to the regulation and imposition of fees and requirement of bonds for heavy equipment and vehicles operating on parish roads, with a public hearing set Jan. 16 at 5 p.m.
  • The third is related to a 72-acre site at the Mississippi riverfront the parish seeks to acquire with approximately 2,672 feet on the river that the parish says has an appraised value of $540,000. Its ownership is disputed and has been the subject of a lengthy lawsuit between the parish and the heirs of Paul Lambert Sr. and the Lambert Gravel Co. The public hearing is set for Jan. 8 at 5 p.m.