A developer’s plans to add a through street in a Zachary subdivision drew criticism and questions from residents at the City Council’s June 23 meeting.
Many residents said they were told the street would never be built.
Residents from the Oaks of Zachary subdivision addressed the council on the non-agenda item.
According to Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge firefighter who lives in the Oaks, residents of the subdivision only recently discovered that the developer, D.R. Horton, plans to put a street in their neighborhood that ties in with Redwood Lakes Subdivision.
Both neighborhoods are located off Plank Road north of La. 64.
“This benefits our subdivision none whatsoever,” Miles said. “There are security risks this would bring with the added flow of traffic, and this would cause the value of our homes to go down.” Miles, who said he was representing the subdivision as president of the Homeowners Association, asked that the group be added to the agenda for the next council meeting.
Another Oaks resident, Rontrell Bethley, said he specifically built his house on a dead-end street because there was no traffic and so his children would be safe to play and ride their bicycles.
“I feel that the property values will decrease, and I’m concerned about the traffic flow as well,” Oaks resident Sharyll Aron said. “I was told by D.R. Horton there would only be one way in and one way out when I purchased my home.”
Mayor David Amrhein told Miles to call his office so a meeting could be arranged to discuss the issue with the concerned residents and Director of Public Works Chris Davezac.
Councilman Tommy Womack asked to be notified of the meeting.
In other news, the council adopted a resolution of support calling for an election in the city on Oct. 24 that would authorize the levy of a hotel occupancy tax up to 5 percent.
“It’s a chance to collect tax revenue that our citizens don’t have to pay for,” Amrhein said.
The council also approved a special events permit for Danya Heroman, who is organizing a cancer benefit and softball tournament for July 11-12 at Zachary Youth Park.
Heroman said the benefit is to help Jodie Hurst, who has stage 4 liver cancer, with medical expenses.
About 20 teams have signed on to play, but Heroman expects about 600 to 700 people to attend, she said.
The benefit will feature bands and food, and will last from 8 a.m. to midnight July 11. Amrhein said police security would be needed.
“I’m working that out with Chief David McDavid and don’t think it will be a problem,” Heroman said. “You never know, though; there’s always one bad weed in the bunch.”
All money raised at the event will be put into an account that’s been set up for Hurst at the Bank of Zachary.
“She has a 9-year-old son, and it’s not a great prognosis,” Heroman said. “She’s a local girl that we’d like to help out.”
Zachary developer David Gaines was granted a conditional use permit to allow the sale of alcohol at a restaurant he intends to have built at Independence Boulevard and Old Scenic Highway (La. 964).
Gaines also requested a rezone of a lot he owns near Copper Mill Boulevard from commercial suburban to commercial general to allow a 7,800-square-foot dental office.
Dr. Joseph Lacoste and two others from Louisiana Dental Center would have practices in the “house-type” building, he said.
The council approved the request.