DENHAM SPRINGS — Approval for the final plat of a one-street subdivision off Cockerham Road — the city’s first new subdivision in at least eight years — was put on hold Tuesday to give the developer more time to address the city’s final punch list of concerns.
Southern Legacy Subdivision will add 26 lots on a new street, Southern Living Lane, just east of Northside Elementary School between Range Avenue and Hatchell Lane. The deep lots range in size from roughly a third to three-quarters of an acre.
City Building Official Rick Foster said despite all the economic development in and around Denham Springs, this project marks the city’s first new subdivision during his eight-year tenure.
With 7 square miles and about 10,000 residents, recent residential development has been focused outside the city limits, he said, although another 26-lot subdivision is in the works near River Road and U.S. 190.
The city’s remaining punch-list items for the Southern Legacy project include certain erosion control measures, another review of drainage calculations following recent infill in one area of the property, and formalizing the bond and maintenance agreement, Foster said.
The developer cannot sell or develop the lots until the final plat is signed by the city’s review engineer and the mayor, following council approval, he said.
Christopher Maestri, an engineer with McLin Taylor, who represents the developer, asked the council to approve the plat, contingent on his client’s addressing the city’s remaining concerns.
“We’re confident they will be addressed in the next two weeks,” Maestri said. “We’re seeking council approval tonight in order to move quicker and not have to come back in two weeks.”
But Councilman Robert Poole said he thought the city would have more leverage to ensure its concerns are addressed if the council withheld approval until its next meeting May 23.
The council voted unanimously to table the matter.
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