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Maurice places temporary stop on residential development

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MAURICE, La. -

A temporary stop has been placed on residential development permits in Maurice. It's because the village was growing too quickly for its infrastructure. Between 2010 and 2017, the population of Maurice almost doubled. 

"There is no way anybody could have imagined the type of growth we're experiencing right now," said Wayne Theriot, the village's mayor. 

"We have about 300-250 new homes that are going to be developed in the next three years, and we just don't want to be put in a place where there is more growth and we do not know what to do. We want to get it under control," said the Mayor.

He said for many reasons, the growth is good news, but the problem is the sewage system. It was not built to serve so many homes.

"We're in the process of building a new sewer plant and upgrading our water plant to furnish those services to the people that are coming in, the new developments that are coming in," said the Mayor.

 Until that new, bigger plant is complete, the hold will remain on new residential development permits. This rule will not impact commercial development. The new plant should be ready in the first half of 2020.

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