North Ascension voters lead way to passage of Animal Shelter tax

The voting precincts corresponding to Ascension’s northernmost Parish Council districts led the way in approval of Saturday’s 1-mill property tax assessment to fund an Animal Shelter.  Districts 4, 5, 7, and 11 are home to a higher percentage of newly-arrived residents, less familiar to Ascension-style politics than we old-timers.  Voters in those districts accounted for […]

Planning Commission has authority to rescind Oak Grove Townhouses approval; Does it have the will?

Ascension’s Planning Commission has the authority to rescind its March 14 preliminary plat approval of Oak Grove Townhouses.  Does it have the will to do so? The Commission’s next meeting is scheduled for December 12 when nine months will have elapsed since the development’s plat approval.  Paragraph (H) of Section 17-405 in the parish’s Unified […]

Is CPEX listening? We have no infrastructure; No more development

There seems to be a disconnect between Center for Planning Excellence’s (CPEX) work product and the public input being put in at multiple Open House meetings to gauge citizenry sentiment on the way to confection of a new Master Land Use Plan.  Hundreds of sticky notes attached stuck to CPEX’s slick displays overwhelmingly convey one message […]

Ascension’s worst expenditures of 2018

Dubbed “a big stinky pile” by Parish Council Chairman Bill Dawson, your $306,200 taxpayer bailout of Ascension Wastewater Treatment has to be among the worst expenditures in a year replete with waste and dispensation of political patronage on a scale heretofore unseen in the parish…and that is saying something.  Let’s begin with the few positives. […]

Vision or Pipe Dream for Ascension’s future: The CPEX Master Land Use Plan

Enumerating 29 Guiding Principles (nearly enough that every citizen in attendance could have his/her own), Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) unveiled its latest proposal for a Master Land Use Plan at Gonzales Civic Center on Wednesday.  CPEX’s Vision for the Future of Ascension attempts to incorporate a lot of something for everyone, a bridge over the Mississippi […]

Oak Lake developers will be excited to hear…Conway Roundabout construction kickoff meeting scheduled

A “construction kickoff” meeting for the roundabout planned for Hwy 44 at the entrance/exit of Conway subdivision in south Gonzales is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5.  That is according to City of Gonzales Engineer Jackie Baumann who excitedly informed the city council on Monday. The roundabout, or lack thereof, has delayed a subdivision on the […]

Satterlee-chaired committee continues improvement of Development Code

Since Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee assumed the chairmanship of Ascension’s Council committee on Strategic Planning in January of 2016 new subdivision approvals has been a primary focus.  A regular critic of the Planning Commission which approves (and once in a while, denies) Major Subdivision preliminary and final plats, Satterlee has ruffled more than a few […]

Is Planning Commission in the bag for developers? Tonight’s Oak Lake request is litmus test

Is Ascension’s Planning Commission (at least a majority of the seven-member body) irretrievably, irredeemably, unabashedly in the bag for subdivision developers?  Tonight’s meeting agenda includes a litmus test. A) Oak Lake 2nd and 3rd Filings: The subject property is located on the west side of LA Hwy 44 south of I-10 in Council District 2 […]

Floodplain Management and other tales of delay by Parish Council

As another EA Drainage Board agenda has issued, Floodplain Management, promised over two years ago, was omitted again even though HNTB engineers delivered its work product in July.  Four months in the can, the work product is being held up by Chairman Dempsey Lambert in order to accommodate new courthouse construction which runs afoul of […]

District Attorney, former judge, come to candidate’s defense

The contest to succeed Judge Marilyn Lambert to Ascension’s Parish Court bench is turning contentious.  Competing interviews on a Baton Rouge television station recently, two weeks before the November 6 election, saw Kim Landry question Erin Wiley Lanoux’s qualifications.  Viewed as the underdog among those who monitor elections closely, Landry has pushed the narrative that […]