Mar 27, 2012 8:37 AM by AP
GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Gonzales City Council has unanimously approved annexation of about 400 acres fronting Interstate 10 that could be a prime location for future commercial development.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux tells The Advocate the annexation plans for the tract have to be presented to the U.S. Department of Justice for final approval.
If approved there, he says the site will start out under the city's most-restrictive residential zoning.
However, he says it is ripe for commercial development and could be rezoned.
Council members have said they hope the location will attract retailers and the sales tax revenue that comes with it.
Arceneaux said that traffic could be an issue, should any development occur, but that would be addressed when and if a zoning change for commercial use is requested.