Nov 13, 2012 7:23 PM by Kristen Holloway
New development is booming in Youngsville. The city has more than 500 building permits on the books. The council is planning how people can use the land but there are some some concerns.
Councilman Ken Ritter is concerned Youngsville could end up looking cluttered like Johnston Street if planning isn't done properly. In Youngsville anyone can build what they want where they want because there are no zoning laws. Recently, Ritter voted against new development on unopened portions of Chemin Metairie Parkway and another on the recently opened roundabout on Highway 92, at least until a new land ordinance in approved. He says the ordinance will standardize new development.
Architects are studying land use. The Youngsville Council welcomes new development but wants neighbors to be mindful of each other.
"They're a lot people who've been in our community for generations and I want to make sure their land value is still protected and they can still be part of the community as it grows," said Ritter.
He says the next step is a public hearing so the Youngsville community can participate in the process of the new development. That has yet to be scheduled.