Youngsville will give up a portion of its contested annexation of 57 acres along Ambassador Caffery Parkway to settle a lawsuit over the issue, Youngsville Mayor Wilson Viator said Friday.
Viator said Youngsville has agreed to undo the annexation of 7 acres out of the 14 acres owned by a company that filed a lawsuit last year challenging the annexation.
The company, Bridges-Carpenter Properties, agreed to dismiss its legal claims on Thursday, according to court records.
“I think both of us were tired of paying attorneys,” Viator said.
The neighboring city of Broussard had initially joined the company in challenging the annexation, which includes land along the southern four-lane extension of Ambassador Caffery.
Both cities had an interest in the area because it could be a good source of sales tax revenue if commercial development picks up as expected along the new four-lane.
A judge dismissed Broussard from the case after Youngsville argued that its neighbor had no legal standing to sue because state law limits annexation challenges to citizens of the area annexed or to citizens of the city doing the annexation.
Although Broussard was out of the lawsuit, the city continued to support the landowners in their claims against Youngsville.
The settlement, as outlined by Viator, will allow Youngsville to keep 50 acres of the 57-acre annexation.
He said Youngsville will undo the annexation of 7 acres along Ambassador Caffery, meaning that property will be once again be considered unincorporated.
It was unclear Friday whether the settlement will open the door for Broussard to annex that property.
Broussard Mayor Charles Langlinais said Friday it was too early to comment on the issue.