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|Subdivision issues under Police Jury review|
When developers submit plans and specifications to the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) for projects in Concordia Parish, the Police Jury wants to know about it.
"We've had problems with developers starting a subdivision, cutting and developing lots but not seeking a permit until later," said Jury President Melvin Ferrington during the Jury's regular meeting Monday night.
Ferrington said some developers sell lots and then tell the buyers to request the Police Jury "to take the road into the parish system. But we can't in many instances, and there's also a problem of the developers not providing the sewerage and drainage systems."
"When a developer submits plans and specifications to DHHR the Police Jury doesn't know about it until a building permit is sought," said Parish Planner Oliver Schulz.
"We like to know about these things" at the outset, said juror Randy Temple.
Parish Sanitarian Patrick Johnson of DHHR said he foresaw no problem in notifying jurors when a developer submits plans.
"Part of the problem," said Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington, "is that we have people who start subdivisions and develop lots without a permit."
The losers in the long run, said Ferrington, are the "people who buy lots in these subdivision that don't meet standards."
If the road to a development connects to a hardsurfaced road that subdivision road must also be hardsurfaced for the Jury to accept the road into its system.
"Guidelines involving curbs, gutters and drainage must also be met," said Ferrington. He said there are some loopholes in Jury ordinances which must be addressed.
"In the long run, the people who buy lots or build in these subdivisions lose out because they can't obtain federal loans since these subdivision roads aren't accepted into the parish system because they don't meet standards," Ferrington said.
He identified two developments that don't meet standards as the "Montgomery development in the Gordon Drive and Levee Heights area, and Cottondale Subdivision in the airport area."
"To get away from following our ordinances, some developers sell three-acre or larger lots," said Ferrington, "because any lots below three acres have to comply with our ordinances. I'm going to suggest to our Jury committees that we look into changing our ordinances to take out these loopholes."
In other business, the Jury:
Was addressed by Loren Lampert, a candidate for the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.
Agreed to pay Bryant Hammett & Associates $228.13 for off system bridge inspections and $490.01 for general work.
Voted to pay Davenport, Files & Kelly $6,663.76 for legal services and expenses in the Jury's lawsuit against the Blain Companies concerning Phase 1 hardsurfacing.
Agreed to waive building permit fees for construction scheduled by the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office.
Approved an occupational license and a Class A Beer & Liquor license for Will V. Clark, Will's Place, 367 Bayou Drive, Ferriday.
Approved transfers of $2,000 from the Highway Maintenance Fund to the General Fund, $5,000 from the Drainage Maintenance Fund to the General Fund and $48,000 from the Sales Tax Fund to the Solid Waste Fund.
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