Zoning request for mobile home park rejected after complaints

<p class="p1">With a 6-1 vote on Tuesday, the Calcasieu Parish Planning and Zoning Board rejected a request to rezone property southeast of Lake Charles to accommodate nearly 400 mobile homes.</p><p class="p1">After hearing concerns from several area residents, the board denied a request by WSM Development LLC to rezone more than 78 acres of property at 7300 Tom Hebert Road from single-family residential to manufactured home-park. The full Police Jury will consider the request at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the parish government building, 1015 Pithon St.</p><p class="p1">Tom Gayle spoke on the applicant’s behalf and said a mobile home park would be consistent with other development in the area. The goal, he said, was to make the development “as high-end as it can be” and have it be built in phases.</p><p class="p1">“This area is developing, and what happened on the left side of the (Calcasieu River) is now kind of working its way onto the east side,” Gayle said.</p><p class="p1">Several residents said the mobile home park would put a strain on the already inadequate drainage in the area and cause more traffic issues. </p><p class="p1">Brett Wright said he has lived in the area for more than 30 years. He said water will flow from the neighbors’ yards into his if the mobile home park is built there.</p><p class="p1">Michael LaRocca said the mobile home park would make his property value “plummet.”</p><p class="p1">Rhonda Burke said she moved to the area 18 years ago to get away from the city.</p><p class="p1">“That is agricultural land; it was rice fields (and) cattle pastures,” Burke said. “When they get in and fill that property in, they’re going to flood my house, along with everybody else that lives around there.”</p><p class="p1">Nathan Lewis said the area to the south of the proposed development is surrounded with subdivisions, and the mobile home park isn’t consistent with other development nearby. Ken Conner said more people moving into the area would make it difficult to evacuate during a hurricane because Tom Hebert Road is a two-lane road. </p><p class="p1">Voting against the rezoning were Kyle Link, Kirk Smith, Gerry Navarre, LaSalle Williams, Genelle Hyatt and Randy Armentor. Sharon Galicia was the only board member to approve the request.</p><p class="p1">Board members Lutricia Cobb, Jack Porché and Julia Dickerson were absent from the meeting.</p>””Zoning Request

Local News

Geymann’s three carbon capture bills move through committee

life

SW La. nightlife calendar: There’s always something to do

Crime

Sheriff warns of jury duty scam

Crime

5/3: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Fish consumption advisory issued for Vernon Lake

life

SLT to host showings of ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’

life

Run for the Roses: Derby-themed party with a purpose chock full of festivities

Local News

Donna Barger: Teaching ‘feeds my soul’

Crime

Jurors in Trump hush money trial hear recording of pivotal call on plan to buy affair story

life

Ben Carson in LC for National Day of Prayer

Local News

VIDEO: Ben Carson credits success in life to mother’s prayers

Local News

Ground broken for new city park on Anita Drive

Business

Cassidy calls out Biden Administrations for playing fast, loose with law on offshore energy leasing

Local News

VIDEO: Ben Carson describes time at teaching hospital in Australia

Crime

5/2: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

McNeese Sports

Cowgirls add two inside players

life

Sara Judson column: What you do for yourself dies with you; what you do for others lives forever

Local News

WEATHER UPDATE: Showers, thunderstorms will persist throughout day

Business

Merchants & Farmers Bank promoting financial literacy through comics

Local News

Airline passengers advised to know gun laws when traveling

life

John Bradford doesn’t just grow daylilies, he makes new varieties of them

Local News

Grants available to those who provide summer programs for low-income youth

Local News

Advocates say Supreme Court must preserve new, mostly Black US House district for 2024 elections

Local News

WEATHER WATCH: Increased risk of flash flooding, severe thunderstorms tomorrow