Mar 20, 2014 9:39 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
Half a dozen residents voiced support at a public hearing Wednesday for the St. James Parish government's proposed land use plan.
The land use plan, which would be used in conjunction with the parish's comprehensive master plan, divides the parish into categories such as residential/future industrial; residential growth; commercial; commercial/residential mixed; industrial; agriculture; recreation; schools; fire department; water and wetlands.
The Advocate reports two other categories make up Lutcher and Gramercy, two municipalities governed by their own ordinances.
Officials have said the proposed plan seeks to direct the parish's growth over the next two decades by encouraging economic development and improving infrastructure, reducing land use conflicts between residents and industry, promoting affordable housing and preserving historic sites.