Parish P&Z panel approves Garden City development
A proposal to construct a 168-unit apartment complex in Garden City east of Franklin moved closer to reality Monday.
Members of the St. Mary Parish Planning and Zoning Committee approved the next phase of the development that will allow engineering studies to begin. The approval is pending ratification by the parish council that will take up the item on June 25.
Developer Lloyd Harris of Marrero is planning the gated community on 11 acres at 120 La. 3215, the access road that runs between La. 182 and U.S. 90 near Garden City. The property is zoned high-density residential, according to Zoning Director Tammy Luke.
Many nearby residents have expressed their opposition to the proposal.
At a May 15 parish council meeting when subdivision of the property was approved, the council was forewarned that those residents were prepared to fight.
Len Klutts of 10240 La. 182 told the council he had a petition with 165 signatures of residents he said were from “up and down the highway” who are opposed to the development.
Klutts said the development would have the potential to add as many as 500 vehicles to local traffic.
“We just want to let y’all know that as citizens and voters, we don’t want it,” he said. “We’re going to be back.” Klutts said the council also may hear from national historic preservation representatives who he thought “have a say in what can be built and put in around there.”
Of historic concern is the Frances Plantation that sits on the bayouside on La. 182 directly across from the proposed development site.
Monday’s Planning and Zoning meeting was conducted in front of a packed parish council meeting room at the courthouse in Franklin.
The development proposal was approved on a tie vote that was broken by Chairman Paul Gil with a vote in favor. Voting for were Barry Druilhet and Margie Luke. Nay votes were from James Bennett and Deborah Tabor. There is one vacancy on the board and Jimmy Wiley was absent.