The Zachary City Council on Tuesday again delayed a controversial proposed subdivision, this time citing concerns with the developer’s uncertainty over sewerage connections.
The council tabled voting on preliminary plans for Fairview Gardens, a 323-lot subdivision that would be located between Mount Pleasant Road and Flanacher Road and which was the subject of a vigorous debate at the council's Aug. 22 meeting. Residents of the nearby Pecan Hills neighborhood said then they feared the new development, planned by Lonesome Development LLC, would bring too much traffic to the area.
At that meeting, the developer pulled the subdivision plans from the council's agenda, and the council rejected a separate request to waive a section of the development code that sets required average lot sizes in residential suburban developments. Lonesome Development returned on Tuesday with updated plans, which call for the same number of lots, but their sizes have been tweaked to meet the requirements.
Much of the council’s discussion of the subdivision on Tuesday centered on the sewer issue. City planner Amy Schulze said there are several parish and city sewer connections the development should be able to tie into.
As for why those plans hadn’t been solidified before coming before the council, Schulze said most developments usually have only one connection available to use.
“A lot of times it’s not a question,” she said.
Geoff Wilson, a consultant representing Lonesome Development, said the firm is reviewing its options, including the possibility of private sewage treatment. But “we want to exhaust all public sewer options,” he said.
The council also:
- Approved a site plan for an Eagle Federal Credit Union branch at 5711 Main St.
- Voted to renew the city’s insurance coverage. The premiums will cost $269,674 for the next year.