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Bedico residents voice concern over project at parish line

Bedico residents voice concern over project at parish line

Author: Action News 17/Monday, August 12, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories


BEDICO---Residents along LA 22 east in the Bedico area gathered Sunday to discuss plans for a commercial development proposed between Maison Lafitte Boulevard and the St. Tammany Parish line.

About 30 people met at the Villages of Bocage pavilion midday Sunday to discuss plans for a commercial development to be located on approximately seven acres in front of that subdivision. The slightly less than seven acre tract includes roughly 4.6 acres of wetlands that would be impacted by the development, according to a notice from the Army Corp of Engineers that was mailed to residents on Saturday.

Eighth Ward Constable Don Marshall attended the meeting at the request of the residents. He said neighbors are concerned that the commercial development will basically be in their “back yard.” The USAC map shows Tract X bordering the residential neighborhood, and the diagram suggests three “canopy” structures closest to the subdivision in the back of Tract X.



Marshall said specific plans for those structures is currently unknown, prompting much speculation among the representatives from Villages at Bocage, Bedico Trace, and Bedico Meadows who gathered for an impromptu meeting Sunday morning. Eighth Ward Fire Chief Ira Brown was also on hand as homeowners questioned what could be done.

“They are worried,” Marshall said. “It needs to be a net positive for Tangipahoa Parish."

Parish President Robby Miller says Parish Government will be monitoring the project. He indicated that the developers will be required to adhere to all parish regulations in moving this project forward, including the drainage element. As of Monday, Tangipahoa officials say no permit applications with the Parish have been filed on the development in question.

In the meantime, Marshall said he will be reaching out to the USAC and he encouraged residents to do the same. He said it’s possible that such input could prompt USAC to have a public hearing on the matter.
 
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