Community members voice concerns over several zoning issues at City Council

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Several planning and zoning items on the agenda brought community members out in option and support of several development projects at the City Council meeting Monday night, July 23.

There was an appeal requesting a review of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s decision July 3 to approve an application by Kyle Smith and Mark Hebert to subdivide a 30.561 acre tract of land located at the northwest intersection of Hay. 504 and University Parkway.

The Council voted to uphold the P&Z Commission’s decision to approve the subdividing, despite vigorous opposition from residents of the Hwy. 504 area.

An ordinance to change the zoning classification of 640 Bossier Street from R-2 Multi-Family Residence to R-3 Multi-Family Residence to construct four-unit, two-story apartment building passed after an amendment was made stipulating the apartments won’t be subsidized housing and that the owners must come back before the Council for approval should they want to apply for subsidized housing in the future.

Another ordinance to change the zoning classification of a five-acre tract of land located at 1909 Texas Street failed (Mims, Batiste and Morrow voted no) to change the zoning classification from R-1 one-family residence to R-3 multiple-family residence district to develop a 40-unit, two-story, multiple-family apartment complex.

Other agenda items included:

Change zoning classification of 215 Williams Avenue with a special exemption to operate a legal office

Award bid to seal coat the Natchitoches Regional Airport Runway 7-25 to Ameriseal of Ohio Inc. fir $224,849

Award bid for the 2017-2018 Street Rehabilitation Program Phase 2 to Regional Construction LLC for $3.4 million

Enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Rapides Area Planning Commission to develop a city wide bicycle pedestrian master plan and bike share feasibility study

Adopt resolution to release the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal and any other state entity from responsibility or liability for inspections conducted by the City Fire Departments Fire Prevention Bureau

Execute change order to the contract between the City and Womack and Sons Construction Group Inc. for the Master Lift Station Replacement, FY 2016 Louisiana Development Block Grant Sewer Rehabilitation

The next City Council meeting will be held Aug. 13.