The Natchitoches City Council voted to uphold the Planning and Zoning Commission’s decision to deny the application by Rhodes Properties and Development regarding the St. Maurice Subdivision.
Council member Laurence Batiste couldn’t attend the meeting, but asked fellow Council member Eddie Harrington to let everyone know he is opposed to the project. The vote was 3:1 with Sylvia Morrow voting in favor of the Rhodes’ appeal.
Friday morning’s special called meeting, Sept. 13 was held so the Council could review the decision made by Planning and Zoning at its Aug. 6 meeting.
There was a large turnout of people speaking for and against the project. The main things that were talked about were flooding, traffic and property values.
For the Council members it all boiled down to the character of the development. The Rhodes’ were proposing approximately 8,000 sq. ft. lots for 28 homes to fit into the 7 acre tract of empty land near the St. Maurice Lane and Williams Avenue intersection. Other lots in the surrounding areas range from 16,000-22,000 sq. ft. So, while the lot sizes proposed by the Rhodes are above the minimum size required by the City, they do not fit the character of the surrounding neighborhoods. The Council suggested making lots larger and building fewer homes on the property.
Another issue for the Council was the proposed private drive which would provide access to the subdivision. With the private drive being the only way in or out of the subdivision, council members suggested a public street connected to Oma Street may be a better way to develop the area.