President Jewell Introduces Temporary Subdivisions Moratorium Ahead of Sewerage and Drainage Master Plans
President Matthew Jewell introduced a temporary moratorium on major subdivisions as well as drainage and sewerage initiatives, during the June 15, 2020, council meeting. The moratorium would be in effect for 18 months or until the parish-wide drainage and sewerage master plans are complete. The ordinances will be voted on during the next council meeting on Monday, July 6, 2020.
“Recent flooding has made it clear that it is time for St. Charles Parish to have a systematic master plan that allows new homes to be developed in a way that does not hinder the quality of life for current residents and homeowners,” said President Matthew Jewell. “For far too long, we have simply added new developments and put additional burden on existing infrastructure without improving the conveyance canals and culverts that deliver water to our pump stations.”
Jewell continued, “Temporarily halting the addition of new subdivisions will allow Public Works to develop a plan that takes the needs of the entire parish into account while also planning for future growth.”
During the duration of the moratorium, the Department of Public Works will continue to work on projects that are in progress or have been designated as essential projects for sewerage and drainage improvements.
“We need to do things differently and take a holistic approach to solve these problems if we want to get better results, and I am asking for the council’s support on these initiatives,” concluded President Jewell.
The Monday, July 6, 2020, council meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of the St. Charles Parish courthouse located at 15045 River Rd, Hahnville, LA 70057. The meeting can also be viewed on SCPTv on Cox channel 6, U-Verse channel 99 or at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov.