Walter Pierce

Appeals on tap for council

by Walter Pierce

A light agenda Tuesday for the Lafayette City-Parish Council will have council members considering three appeals of Planning Commission votes.

The first involves an appeal of a Dec. 14, 2009 vote by the commission to grant a final plat approval for the subdivision of a lot on Fortune Road near Youngsville for the construction of a 24-hour storage facility. The proposed commercial development is adjacent to a residential development, and 19 residents in that development signed a petition seeking to block the development, citing concerns over increased traffic, the safety of children in the neighborhood, and the possibility that methamphetamine labs could wind up in the storage facility.

Also going before the council Tuesday will be representatives of Family Church off North University. The church was granted approval by the commission in December to develop land it owns off Stone Road in north Lafayette, with the requirement that the church construct a road to connect with a planned extension of North St. Antoine Street to Pont des Mouton Road. In his appeal, the Rev. Jay Miller of Family Church argues that any required roadway would cut through parking lots and/or playing fields for the church’s school, Lafayette Christian Academy.

The final appeal before the council comes from the Lafayette Association of Retarded Citizens, which is opposing plans to extend New Hope Road to Rue Debelier to accommodate an apartment complex development. The planned extension of New Hope would, according to LARC’s appeal, would run adjacent to the agency’s activity area and would pose a safety hazard to its clients.