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GOOD EVENING EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR TONIGHT'S PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING.

AT

[ROLL CALL]

THIS TIME, WE'LL HAVE THE ROLL CALL DIRECTOR, HOLCOMB.

CHAIRMAN WASHINGTON.

HERE.

VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER ADDISON.

COMMISSIONER BANKS.

COMMISSIONER BOYD.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER ALLEN.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER LATINO.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER SCROGGS HERE.

AND COMMISSIONER STERLING HERE.

WE HAVE A QUORUM.

THANK YOU, DIRECTOR HOLCOMB.

WE'LL

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

MOVE ON TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 18TH MEETING? SO MOVED BY, UH, COMMISSIONER LATINO.

IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND BY COMMISSIONER SCROGGS.

ANY OBJECTIONS? SEEING NONE, THE MINUTES HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED.

[COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE]

WE'LL NOW MOVE ON TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE BY MR. LUENBERGER.

GOOD EVENING, SIR.

GOOD EVENING.

UM, I AM JEFFREY BERGER WITH THE LONG RANGE PLANNING DIVISION, AND I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A QUICK UPDATE ON THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND THE PROCESS THAT WE'RE GOING WITH OUR FIVE YEAR UPDATE THAT IS CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE.

UM, AT THIS POINT, AT OUR NEXT, AT, AT YOUR GUYS' NEXT MEETING AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING, WE WILL BE PRESENTING THE PLANNING COMMISSION WITH THE, UM, FINAL DRAFT VERSION OF THE FUTURE, UM, THE FUTURE BR FIVE YEAR UPDATE, AND YOU'LL, AT THAT NOVEMBER MEETING, WE'LL BE MAKING RECOMMENDATION TO THE METRO COUNCIL, UM, FOR APPROVAL OR NOT.

UM, SO DURING THE LAST YEAR, WE'VE, WE'VE DONE MULTIPLE PRESS RELEASES, HAD VERY, WE'VE HAD LOTS OF PUBLICITY ON SEVERAL OF THE LOCAL TV STATIONS, RADIO STATIONS DISTRIBUTED A LOT OF FLYERS, SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS, UM, THAT ASSISTED WITH OUR PUBLIC OUTREACH, UM, TO THE PUBLIC WORKSHOPS.

AND WE ALSO CREATED AN INTRODUCTORY VIDEO AND COLLECTED 410 SURVEYS.

UM, DURING THIS PROCESS, WE ALSO HAD NINE WORKSHOPS WITH A TOTAL OF 127 TOTAL PUBLIC WORKSHOP ATTENDEES.

UM, SO DURING THAT ENTIRE PROCESS, WE'VE COME UP WITH THIS DRAFT FOR FUTURE, UM, FOR FUTURE B.

THE FINAL DRAFT IS LOCATED ON OUR WEBSITE.

YOU CAN FIND THAT AT B RLA.GOV/BR-FIVE-YEAR-UPDATE.

IF YOU GO THERE, THE DRAFT COPIES OF THE ELEMENTS WILL BE THERE, THE FUTURE LAND USE MAPS, UM, THE MAJOR STREET PLAN, UM, AND ALONG WITH ALL THE COMMENTS WE RECEIVED AND RESPONSES TO THOSE COMMENTS.

SO YOU CAN GO TO THE, YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE RIGHT NOW AND LOOK AT THOSE COMMENTS AND, AND AT OUR NOVEMBER MEETING, WE WILL BE, UM, HAVING A PUBLIC HEARING FOR THOSE.

SO IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I WILL TAKE THOSE AT THIS TIME.

I DON'T BELIEVE WE DO.

THANK YOU, SIR.

AT THIS

[RULES FOR CONDUCTING PUBLIC HEARINGS]

TIME, I'LL ASK VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT TO READ IN THE FULL, I'M SORRY, THE RULES FOR CONDUCTING PUBLIC HEARINGS.

RULES FOR CONDUCTING PUBLIC HEARINGS.

THIS IS A PUBLIC MEETING.

ANY INTERESTED MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON AN ITEM FROM THIS AGENDA AND COMMENT IN PERSON AT CITY HALL 2 2 2 ST.

LOUIS STREET, THIRD FLOOR ROOM 3 48.

DURING THE MEETING, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC DESIRING TO SPEAK ON A PARTICULAR ITEM SHOULD REFER TO A MEETING AGENDA AND COMPLETE NECESSARY INFORMATION PRIOR TO THE MEETING BY FILLING OUT A REQUEST TO SPEAK CARD INDICATING THAT YOU WISH TO SPEAK AND PLACE IT IN THE DESIGNATED LOCATION PRIOR TO THE MEETING.

APPLICANT AND APPLICANT'S REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE PROPOSAL WILL SPEAK FIRST FOR A TOTAL OR COMBINED PERIOD OF NOT TO EXCEED 15 MINUTES.

PROPONENTS WILL SPEAK THEN THE OPPONENTS.

EACH SPEAKER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED MORE THAN THREE MINUTES.

SPEAKERS ARE REQUESTED TO LIMIT THEIR REMARKS BY AVOIDING DUPLICATION OF THEIR PRESENTATIONS.

APPLICANT WILL BE ALLOWED A TOTAL OF FIVE MINUTES FOR REBUTTAL.

OPPONENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REBUT ITEMS PLACED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

STAFF WILL NOT HAVE TIME ALLOCATED FOR SPEAKING UNLESS THERE IS A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC AT THE MEETING WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ON AN ITEM.

IN SUCH CASES, THE PROPOSAL WILL FOLLOW THE STANDARD PROCEDURES.

MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VICE CHAIRMAN GRAU.

WE CAN NOW MOVE

[CONSENT AGENDA]

ON TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

MR. MORAN CONSENT AGENDA, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR WITHDRAWAL.

ITEM NUMBER 17, SSS SEVEN DASH 23 SUBURB NORTH BATON ROUGE, PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION WITH A PRIVATE STREET LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF CENTRAL ROAD, EAST OF SCENIC HIGHWAY.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR A DEFERRAL.

ITEM NUMBER 12, ICE BUD.

ONE DASH TWO THREE.

GOODWOOD VILLA TO REZONE PROPERTY FROM SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL, A ONE TO INFILL SMALL PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT ICE PUD FOR THREE SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL LOTS LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF GOODWOOD BOULEVARD, WEST OF COLONIAL DRIVE.

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AND ITEM 13 PUD FOUR DASH ZERO EIGHT.

THE HEIGHTS AT MATERA WOMAN'S HOSPITAL.

FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR APPROVAL.

ITEM NUMBER FIVE, CASE 58 23 T 1, 15 0 1 T 1 15 0 3 AND T 1 15 4.

ONE TERRACE STREET TO REZONE PROPERTY FROM HEAVY COMMERCIAL C TWO AND LIMITED RESIDENTIAL, A 3.1 TO GENERAL RESIDENTIAL, A FOUR LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TERRACE STREET, EAST OF SOUTH 15TH STREET.

ITEM NUMBER SIX, CASE 59 23 49 75 CHOCTAW DRIVE TO REZONE PROPERTY FROM LIGHT INDUSTRIAL M ONE TO HEAVY COMMERCIAL ONE HC ONE LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF CHOCTAW DRIVE WEST OF NORTH FOSTER DRIVE.

ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, CASE 60 DASH 2374.

74 CORPORATE BOULEVARD SUITES 1 0 6 AND 1 0 7.

THERE REZONED PROPERTY FROM LIGHT COMMERCIAL C ONE TO COMMERCIAL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE RESTAURANT C B ONE LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CORPORATE BOULEVARD, WEST OF JEFFERSON HIGHWAY.

ITEM NUMBER EIGHT, CASE 61 23 T 5 66 OH WINCHESTER AVENUE TO REZONE PROPERTY FROM GENERAL RESIDENTIAL, A FOUR TO SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL, A 2.7 LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF WINCHESTER AVENUE, SOUTH OF GREENWELL STREET.

ITEM NUMBER NINE, CASE 62 DASH 23 84 0 8 84.

16 84 18 AND 84 28 SCOTLAND AVENUE, 1363 AND 1379 SWAN AVENUE 1344 AND 1350 SORA STREET TO REZONE.

PROPERTY FROM C TWO HEAVY COMMERCIAL LIMITED RESIDENTIAL, A 3.1 AND COMMERCIAL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE RESTAURANT CA B ONE TWO.

GENERAL RESIDENTIAL, A FOUR AND COMMERCIAL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE RESTAURANT C ONE LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF SCOTLAND AVENUE BETWEEN SWAN AVENUE AND SORA STREET.

ITEM NUMBER 14, CSS 15 DASH 23, LAWRENCE AND MARY SQUARE.

ESTATE PROPERTY PROPOSED FLAG LOT MINOR SUBDIVISION ON PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF HUNT ROAD, SOUTH OF JACKSON ROAD.

ITEM NUMBER 15 SS FOUR DASH 23 NORTH PARK SUBDIVISION.

PROPOSED COMMERCIAL SUBDIVISION WITH PUBLIC STREETS LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF AIRLINE HIGHWAY NORTH OF GREENWELL STREET.

ITEM NUMBER 16, SP NINE DASH 23 NORTH PARK, PHASE ONE.

PROPOSED MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT CONSISTING OF MULTI-FAMILY, RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL USES.

LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF AIRLINE HIGHWAY NORTH OF GREENWELL STREET.

ITEM NUMBER 18, SSSS NINE DASH 23.

CARL ELTON CHENEY.

PROPERTY PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION WITH A PRIVATE STREET LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF CHENEY ROAD NORTH OF DALE ROAD.

AND ITEM NUMBER 19 SSSS SEVEN DASH 23.

CAPITAL CITY PRODUCE EXPANSION.

PROPOSED WAREHOUSE EDITION TO EXISTING FACILITY LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF COMMERCIAL AVENUE EAST OF O'NEILL.

LANE.

CORRECTION, THAT WAS SP DASH SEVEN DASH 23 PLANNING COMMISSION.

STAFF CERTIFIES THAT ALL OF THESE ITEMS ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND THE U D C.

WE'VE HAD A REQUEST BY THE APPLICANT TO PULL ITEM 15 S 4 23 NORTH PARK SUBDIVISION AND COMPANION CASE ITEM 16 SP 9 23 NORTH PARK, PHASE ONE SITE PLAN FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THANK YOU COMMISSION MEMBERS, YOU'VE HEARD ALL THE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PLACED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA THAT'LL BE TAKEN WITH ONE VOTE.

ARE THERE ANY MEMBERS OF THIS COMMISSION WHO HAVE AN ITEM ON CONSENT THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE PULLED AND HEARD AS PART OF THE REGULAR AGENDA? DO WE HAVE ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC PRESENT WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON ANY ITEMS THAT ARE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? SEEING NONE.

IS THERE A MOTION? MOTION BY COMMISSIONER ADDISON SECOND BY VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT.

ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS TO ACCEPTING THE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PLACED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? SEEING

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NONE OF THESE ITEMS HAVE NOW BEEN APPROVED, THEN WE CAN MOVE ON TO THE REGULAR AGENDA.

MR. CHAIRMAN, THE NEXT TWO ITEMS CAN BE TAKEN TOGETHER THAT THAT'S ITEM TWO AND ITEM

[Items 2 & 3]

THREE, PA 14 23 3 4 7 0.

WAYNE DRIVE, RELATED CASE 57 23.

PROPERTY IS LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF WAYNE DRIVE NORTH OF WINDBERG AVENUE COUNCIL.

DISTRICT SEVEN COLE.

THE APPLICANT IS CHERYL L CROPPER.

THE CURRENT FUTURE VR LAND USE DESIGNATION IS RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE REQUESTED FUTURE VR LAND USE DESIGNATION IS COMPACT NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE EXISTING ZONING IS SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL, A TWO WITH A REQUESTED ZONING OF LIMITED RESIDENTIAL, A 3.1 PA 14 23 3 4 7 0 WAYNE DRIVE RELATED TO CASE 57 23.

STAFF RECOMMENDS DENIAL OF THE PLAN AMENDMENT BASED UPON THE LAND USE DESIGNATION OF RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD APPEARING APPROPRIATE.

STAFF ALL CERTIFIES THAT THE PROPOSED REZONING REQUEST DOES MEET THE CRITERIA FOR A CHANGE OF ZONING IF THE COMPANION COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT IS APPROVED, BEING COMPATIBLE WITH SURROUNDING USES AND CONFORMING TO UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE REQUIREMENTS.

ARE THERE ANY, UH, ADDITIONAL SPEAKER CORDS ON THIS ITEM? DIRECTOR HOLCOMB, WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKER CARDS OTHER THAN THE APPLICANT.

OKAY.

AT THIS TIME I'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND ASK THE APPLICANT TO, UH, COME TO THE PODIUM TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS CHERYL CROPPER AND THE PICTURE THEY SHOWED IS INVALID.

IT'S A VACANT LOT.

I HAD TO DEMOLISH THE OLD HOUSE BECAUSE IT WAS DETERIORATING.

I CAN'T GET THE PROPER USE OF MY LAND IF IT'S NOT APPROVED AND WHAT I PLACED INTO MY APPLICATION DETAILED INFORMATION IS APPROPRIATE FOR ME GETTING THAT DONE.

UH, YOU HAVE, WE HAVE A CHURCH RIGHT DOWN THE STREET THAT'S BEEN OPERATING SINCE I'VE BEEN THERE IN 1988.

TWO STREETS OVER.

YOU HAVE 37 79 EATON STREET, WHICH IS 32 DUPLEX APARTMENTS IN THAT DIVISION.

AND THEN YOU HAVE A HOUSE DOWN FROM MY, UM, RESIDENCE AT 34 71 HOUSE DOWN.

YOU HAVE A DUPLEX.

SO IT WOULD BE UNFAIR AND DISCRIMINATORY IF IF MINE IS NOT APPROVED AND THEY'RE ALLOWED TO OPERATE UNDER THE SAME TERMS. AND WHAT I PROPOSED, IT'S NOT GONNA TAKE OUT OF THE ORDINARY, UM, YOU KNOW, ENVIRONMENT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

AS I SAID IN MY LETTER, IT WILL BE AS A SINGLE FAMILY STRUCTURE.

IT WON'T BE AS A COMPACT APARTMENT STRUCTURE.

SO THE HOUSES THAT ADJACENT TO ME ON EITHER SIDE FRONT AND BACK WON'T BE AFFECTED BY THE APPEARANCE.

OTHER WORDS, IT WON'T SET THEM OFF AS LOOKING AWKWARD.

IT MAY IMBUE THEM TO DO UPGRADES ON THEIR PROPERTY.

AND, UM, FLOURISH NEIGHBORHOOD ON WAYNE DRIVE STREET, WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 10 VACANT LOTS AND IT, IT JUST NEEDS PRODUCTIVITY THERE.

AND I STAY IN SEATTLE.

I AM A NATIVE FROM LOUISIANA, BORN AND REARED.

I'VE BEEN THERE FIVE YEARS AND I'M TRYING TO TRANSFER BACK WITH MY JOB HERE.

BUT, UM, I NEED TO USE MY LAND FOR PRODUCTIVITY.

I CAN'T DO IT NO OTHER WAY WITHOUT YOUR APPROVAL.

SO IT'S NOT GONNA TAKE AWAY FROM NO ONE ELSE'S PROPERTY.

IT'S NOT GONNA MAKE 'EM LOOK AWKWARD.

IT, IT, IT MAY MAKE THEM LOOK, YOU JUST HAVE A FRESHLY NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECT THAT'S BEING DONE, BUT IT'S NOT GONNA LOOK LIKE NO EXTRAVAGANT APARTMENT DUPLEX BUILDING IF IT'S, IF THAT'S WHAT THIS IS REFERENCE TO, IT'S GONNA LOOK LIKE A FAMILY STRUCTURED HOME THERE.

SO I, I CAN'T FIND THE, UH, BENEFICIAL USE OF MY PROPERTY WITHOUT IT BEING APPROVED, SO, OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SINCE WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKER CARDS, I WILL CLOSE THE DID DID, DID YOU HAVE A SPEAKER CARD, SIR? CONCERNING DID YOU FILL OUT A SPEAKER CORD? OH, OKAY.

SO WE'LL INVITE YOU TO THE PODIUM TO SPEAK AND YOU'LL JUST NEED TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER CARD AFTERWARDS.

YOU CAN COME, YOU CAN COME FORWARD.

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STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD.

ERNEST EMERY.

35 28.

WAYNE, I'M RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE PROPERTY.

IF SHE'S JUST TALKING ABOUT BUILDING A DUPLEX, THERE ARE OTHER DUPLEXES ON THE STREET.

IT AIN'T NO HARM IN WHAT SHE'S DOING.

I'M, I'M RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE PROPERTY.

YOU KNOW, I, THAT'S ALL I GOTTA SAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, SIR.

OKAY.

IF THERE ARE NO OTHER SPEAKER CARDS, THEN WE WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND I'LL INVITE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS OR MOTIONS FROM THE COMMISSIONERS.

VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT.

MR. DIRECTOR, UH, THE COMMENT WAS MADE THAT THIS IS A DUPLEX.

IS THAT ALLOWED UNDER THREE ONE? YES.

A 3.1.

THE ZONING CATEGORY SHE'S REQUESTING WOULD ALLOW A DUPLEX AND ALSO MULTIFAMILY AND, BUT A TWO DOES NOT.

THAT'S CORRECT.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER ADDISON, THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR FROM COMMISSIONER ADDISON TO APPROVE THIS ITEM.

THESE TWO ITEMS, EXCUSE ME.

I BELIEVE THAT WAS SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER BANKS.

ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS? ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, THOSE ITEMS ARE APPROVED.

I'M SORRY.

OKAY.

THOSE ITEMS HAVE BEEN APPROVED.

WE'LL MOVE ON AT THIS TIME TO ITEM NUMBER FOUR,

[4. Case 56-23 662 South Foster Drive]

CASE 56 23 6 6 2 SOUTH FOSTER DRIVE RELATED TO CASE 56 23 6 6 2 SOUTH FOSTER DRIVE.

PROPERTY IS LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF SOUTH FOSTER DRIVE NORTH OF CAPITOL HEIGHTS AVENUE COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE.

THE APPLICANT IS DAVID TIMMEL.

FUTURE B LAND USE DESIGNATION IS MIXED USE.

THE EXISTING ZONING IS LIGHT COMMERCIAL LC ONE WITH THE REQUESTED ZONING OF COMMERCIAL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE RESTAURANT CA B ONE CASE 56 23 6 6 2 SOUTH FOSTER DRIVE.

STAFF CERTIFIES THAT THE PROPOSED REQUEST MEETS THE CRITERIA FOR A CHANGE OF ZONING BEING CONSISTENT WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, COMPATIBLE WITH SURROUNDING USES AND CONFORMING TO UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE REQUIREMENTS.

PLANNING COMMISSION OFFICE HAS RECEIVED FIVE MESSAGES IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ITEM.

THANK YOU, DIRECTOR HOLCOMB.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND INVITE THE APPLICANT TO SPEAK FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED 15 MINUTES.

GOOD EVENING, SIR.

THANK YOU.

UH, CHAIR ROSSI.

UM, GOOD AFTERNOON, GOOD EVENING.

UM, I WON'T TAKE 15 MINUTES.

I I WON'T BE THAT LONG.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, MY NAME IS DAVID TAMAL.

I'M A RESIDENT OF MID-CITY 66 32, UH, SEVEN OAKS.

UM, MY CURRENT RESIDENCE IS ABOUT, HMM, FIVE MINUTES FROM THIS CURRENT, UH, PROPERTY THAT I RECENTLY PURCHASED.

UH, JUST A COUPLE QUICK NOTES.

UM, AS I UNDERSTAND THERE IS SOME OPPOSITION, WHICH I'M NOT, I'M PRIVY TO OR I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT, BUT I'LL JUST KIND OF STATE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MYSELF AND THEN, UM, LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING THE CONVERSATION AROUND WHAT I PLAN TO DO.

SO I'VE BEEN IN BATON ROUGE ABOUT 27 YEARS.

UM, BEEN MARRIED, I'M SORRY, I'VE BEEN MARRIED 27 YEARS.

BEEN IN BATON ROUGE 30.

UM, SO THIS IS HOME.

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM NEW YORK CITY.

UM, THAT'S WHERE I WAS BORN.

I AM THE SON OF IMMIGRANTS, UH, TO THIS COUNTRY, UH, FROM THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA.

UM, THIS PROPERTY I PURCHASED, UM, A COUPLE MONTHS AGO, AND MY PLAN FOR IT IS TO MAKE A CARIBBEAN, UH, EATING SPOT IN MID-CITY.

UM, OVER THE PAST FOUR TO FIVE YEARS, UH, MY WIFE AND I, ALONG WITH OUR TWO DAUGHTERS, HAVE, UH, RELOCATED TO MID-CITY FROM SHERWOOD.

UH, WE LOVE THE MID-CITY CULTURE.

WE LOVE MID-CITY, WHAT IT REPRESENTS, AND WE LOVE BATON ROUGE.

UM, WE PLAN ON MAKING THIS, UH, A SPOT TO WHERE, UH, INDIVIDUALS CAN COME AND EAT, UH, ENJOY CARIBBEAN CUISINE AND GO ABOUT THEIR WAY.

UH, THIS SPOT WILL BE SIMILAR TO THAT OF, UH, BARRACUDA TACO, UH, CURBSIDE AND OTHER RESTAURANTS IN THE AREA, WHICH WE ALL FREQUENT.

UM, IN MY OPINION, WHAT I PLAN TO DO GOES, UH, HAND IN HAND WITH THE AMERICAN DREAM, UM, OF ENTREPRENEURISM, UM, A YOUNG MAN BUYING A A PIECE OF PROPERTY AND TURNING IT INTO, UH, SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ALL ENJOY.

UM, ALSO IN MID-CITY, UM, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO, UH, GO TO THE MID-CITY MERCHANTS MEETING, UM, WHICH I'M A, A MEMBER OF, UH, ALSO THE Y M C A I, UH, TALK TO THOSE BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE COMMUNITY.

IN FACT, WE HAVE, UH, SOME BUSINESS OWNERS THAT, UM, ARE MY NEIGHBORS THAT ARE HERE TONIGHT.

UM, MET WITH THE Y M C A, WHICH I FREQUENT AND A MEMBER OF THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT IDEA.

I DIDN'T SEE ANY ISSUES WITH IT.

PERRY

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FRANKLIN, WHO RUNS THE EXECUTIVE CENTER ON FOSTER, UM, IS, UH, IS ALSO, UM, A PROPONENT OF THIS AND, AND DOESN'T SEE ANY ISSUE THERE.

IN FACT, THE Y MCA A IS GETTING READY TO KNOCK DOWN THAT WHOLE, UH, AC LEWIS CORRIDOR AND POTENTIALLY PUT UP APARTMENTS AND CREATE MORE, UM, MORE VIBE, MORE OF A VIBRANT COMMUNITY IN MID-CITY.

SO I BELIEVE THAT THIS FITS WHAT WE ARE DOING IN MID-CITY.

UH, AGAIN, A RESIDENT, UH, ENJOY BEING AT MID-CITY AND LOVE IT AND LOOK FORWARD TO, UH, ANY QUESTIONS OR CONVERSATIONS SURROUNDING, UH, WHAT WE PLAN ON DOING IN THIS LOCATION.

THANK YOU, SIR.

WE HAVE ONE OTHER CARD THAT IS IN FAVOR, BUT DOES NOT WISH TO SPEAK FOR DARLENE KIPPS.

MOVING ON TO THE OPPOSITION.

OUR FIRST CARD IS FOR DEBBIE WACK.

YOU HAVE THE FLOOR FOR THREE MINUTES.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS DEBBIE WACK AND I'VE OWNED MY HOME ON SIX 40 BIENVILLE STREET FOR 11 YEARS.

I'M HERE TO SAY THAT I OPPOSE THE REZONING.

UH, 6 6 2 SOUTH FOSTER FROM C ONE TO CA B ONE FOR SEVERAL REASONS.

CURRENTLY, THERE'S A PET SHOP, A DENTIST OFFICE, AND A PROPERTY MANAGEMENT OFFICE BUILDING THAT BACKS UP TO OUR HOMES.

THERE'S ZONED C ONE, THEY'RE INDOOR BUSINESSES.

THEY HAVE STANDARD BUSINESS HOURS.

IT'S QUIET AND IT CREATES A BUFFER FROM THE VERY CHAOTIC SOUTH FOSTER DRIVE TO BEVILLE STREET.

I THINK THAT IT, IF WE REZONE THE 6 6 2 SOUTH FOSTER, IT WILL DEFINITELY HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE RESIDENTS LIVING ON BIENVILLE STREET AND IN GENERAL, CAPITOL HEIGHTS.

NEIGHBORS A RESTAURANT WITH EVENING HOURS SERVING ALCOHOL, OUTDOOR DINING AND GRILLING, OUTDOOR LIGHTING.

OUTDOOR MUSIC WILL CERTAINLY HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE PEACEFULNESS OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT WILL FEEL LESS LIKE A RESIDENTIAL AREA AND MORE LIKE A COMMERCIAL HUB IN 2 2 5.

AND IN THE BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT, MR. TIMMEL SAID HE WANTED HIS RESTAURANT TO BE THAT SIMILAR OF CURBSIDE BURGERS AND BARRACUDA TACOS.

AND BOTH OF THESE RESTAURANTS ARE ON GOVERNMENT STREET.

THIS TYPE OF A RESTAURANT SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BACK UP TO THE BACKYARD OF HOMEOWNERS WHEN IT'S GONNA BE AN OUTDOOR MAINLY RESTAURANT.

I ARGUE THAT IT WILL CERTAINLY NOT ADD VALUE TO MY HOME, AND ONE COULD ARGUE THAT IT WOULD DECREASE THE VALUE OF OUR HOMES.

WHEN WE BOUGHT OUR HOMES, WE KNEW THAT WE WERE BACKING UP TO C ONE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESSES.

NOPE, NOBODY WAS TRYING TO REZONE IT FOR ALCOHOL PURPOSES.

THIS IS ALSO GONNA CREATE AN INCREASE OF TRAFFIC ON SOUTH FOSTER, CAUSING EVEN MORE DRIVERS TO CUT THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO AVOID THE JAM ON FOSTER AND GOVERNMENT WITH ALL THE SPEEDING AND CUTTING THROUGH IT PUTS FAMILIES, THE WALKERS, THE BIKERS, AND ALL THE CHILDREN THAT WALK DOWN CAPITOL HEIGHTS IN DANGER.

HAVE ABOUT 30 SECONDS.

WELL, WE ALREADY HAVE A LOT OF NOISE LAUTERING AND ISSUES WITH CUSTOMERS FIGHTING IN PARKING.

LOTS OF JACK IN THE BOX, DEJA VU VAPE SHOP, AND PHIL BRADY'S.

AND WE DON'T NEED ANY MORE COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES ZONED CA B ONE ON OUR BLOCK.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT YOU DENY THIS REZONING REQUEST.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT COURT IS FOR LESLIE BRATTON BRATTON, UH, 56 47 CAPITOL HEIGHTS.

FOR THE LAST MAYBE FIVE YEARS, I'VE WATCHED, UH, GOVERNMENT STREET GROW.

THEY'VE, UH, HAD A VISION.

THEY'VE, UH, EXPANDED IT AND MADE IT INTO A CORRIDOR.

THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD RESTAURANTS THERE.

THERE'S A LOT OF, UH, NEW BUSINESSES AND OLD BUSINESSES.

HOWEVER, RIGHT NOW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF, UH, EMPTY BUILDINGS THAT COULD BE REVITALIZED AND KEPT THAT CORRIDOR EVEN MORE VIBRANT.

SOUTH FOSTER BEING A FOUR AND A FIVE LANE ROAD IS ALREADY CONGESTED.

ANYTIME YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE PULLING OFF FOR, DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU'RE GOING, YOU JUST ADD MORE TO THE TRAFFIC AND EVERYTHING

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ELSE.

PLUS, JUST LIKE DEBBIE SAID, THEY GO THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND EVEN THOUGH THERE'S WALKING PATHS AND BIKE PATHS, THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE THAT USE THAT FOR JUST OUTSIDE, UH, WHATEVER THEY MENTIONED.

HE MENTIONED THESE OTHER RESTAURANTS.

UM, IS NOW VACANT.

GREAT BIG PARKING AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

I GO BACK TO SOUTH FOSTER FOR A MOMENT, AND THE DENTAL OFFICE REALLY AND TRULY DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE MUCH LAND AROUND IT.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE PLANNING COMMISSION FIGURES OUT WHERE ALL THIS LAND IS, BECAUSE THERE IS A SERVITUDE BACK THERE THAT IS FOR DRAINAGE IS FOR THE UTILITY PEOPLE, AND PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO USE THAT SERVITUDE, BUT THEY HAVE TO KEEP IT OPEN.

BUT I MEAN, UM, DOES THE, DOES THE OWNER OF THE NEW BUSINESS THINK THAT THAT SERVITUDE IS JUST CARTE BLANCHE LAND THAT CAN JUST BE USED FOR WHATEVER? THE OTHER THING IS, WHERE DID THE CARS PARK? THERE IS PARKING IN THESE OTHER TWO BUSINESSES, BUT THEY HAVE ALREADY SAID THAT, UM, THEY DON'T WANT ANY OVERFLOW PARKING.

HOW MANY COMPLAINTS ARE GONNA HAVE TO HAPPEN WHERE LOUD MUSIC COMING FROM, CARS THAT ARE PARKED CLOSE TO THE RESIDENTIAL PEOPLE BEFORE ALL OF A SUDDEN PEOPLE SAY THAT WE MADE A MISTAKE IN REZONING THIS.

SO I LEAVE IT AT THAT.

I MEAN, UH, YOU GUYS HAVE TO REALIZE THAT PEOPLE LIVE IN NEIGHBORHOODS, PEOPLE HAVE BUSINESSES, AND THESE BUSINESSES SHOULD HAVE SOME SORT OF SYNERGY.

AND IF THERE'S A LOT OF, IF THIS CORRIDOR WAS PRESENTED FOR THAT ONE MAIN REASON TO HAVE IT A VIBRANT PLACE, AND HE'S ALREADY MENTIONED THESE OTHER PLACES, WHY WOULDN'T HE WANT TO GET ON THAT THOROUGHFARE AND KNOW THAT HE'S GOT CARTE BLANCHE PEOPLE TO COME TO HIS THING AND EVERYTHING ELSE, RATHER THAN, UH, TRAFFIC AND PEOPLE PULLING IN AND HAVING TO GO OUT INTO THE TRAFFIC.

UH, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S A FIVE LANE ROAD.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT COURT IS FOR CATHERINE FRY.

GOOD EVENING.

UM, SO I AM MS. FRY.

UM, I GRADUATED FROM MCKINLEY HIGH AND HAVE BEEN A RESIDENT OF BATON ROUGE FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE.

I TOO AM A BUSINESS OWNER JUST LIKE THE MAN WHO IS, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO START HIS BUSINESS HERE.

UM, BUT SADLY, I DO HAVE TO OPPOSE THIS.

UM, I BOUGHT MY HOUSE ON VILLE STREET TWO YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS 24 YEARS OLD.

I HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO PURCHASE MY FIRST HOME, AND THE CRIME THAT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED IN THE TWO YEARS THAT I'VE LIVED THERE HAS BEEN TERRIFYING AND DISCOURAGING.

UM, I MEAN, EVEN LESS THAN A MONTH AGO, WE HAD SOMEONE OVER OPEN FIRING A WEAPON ON OUR STREET.

UM, I HAVE HAD MY CAR BROKEN INTO IN MY DRIVEWAY TWO TIMES.

UM, I HAVE SEEN A MAN ARRESTED ON HIS STOMACH IN MY FRONT YARD OUT OF MY FRONT WINDOW.

I MEAN, TWO YEARS OF LIVING HERE.

AND AS A YOUNG FEMALE, UM, IT HAS BEEN TERRIFYING.

AND SO MY CONCERN IS THAT ADDING ALCOHOL AND MY LOT IS DIRECTLY BEHIND THIS BUSINESS, BY THE WAY, DIRECTLY BEHIND.

SO I WOULD BE, I MEAN, MY PRIVACY IS A BIG CONCERN AS WELL, BUT ADDING ALCOHOL INTO AN AREA WHERE WE ALREADY HAVE, UM, A PRETTY BIG CRIME ISSUE, I'M, I'M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECTS THAT THAT COULD HAVE.

UM, WHEN I BOUGHT MY HOME, THE LOT WAS LIGHT COMMERCIAL AND I WAS VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THAT IN MY BACKYARD, I HAVE A GARDEN WHERE I GROW MY OWN VEGETABLES AND MY OWN FOOD.

I ALSO HAVE A BACKYARD BLOCK OF CHICKENS THAT PROVIDE, UM, A SOURCE OF PROTEIN FOR ME.

SO I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POLLUTION AS WELL.

THAT WOULD COME FROM A BUSINESS LIKE THIS.

BEING DIRECTLY BEHIND MY BACK FENCE, MY BEDROOM IS LESS THAN 100 FEET FROM THIS BUSINESS.

SO TRYING TO GO TO BED AT NIGHT, I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECTS THAT THAT WOULD HAVE FOR ME BEING IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA, HAVING MUSIC AT NIGHT.

UM, REALLY, REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THAT.

I ALSO HAVE DOGS.

I MEAN, YEAH, I CAN, I CAN GO ON AND ON.

UM, I, I AM ALSO WONDERING, LIKE SOME OF THEM HAVE MENTIONED ABOUT WHAT THE INTENDED PARKING SPACE WOULD BE.

UM, I HAVE SEEN MORE PEOPLE THAN I CAN COUNT, DRIVE DOWN THE RUN ONE WAY OF CAPITOL HEIGHTS IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

UM, SO I'M JUST WONDERING ABOUT WHERE THIS PARKING WOULD BE, UM, AS WELL AS, WOULD THERE BE ANY ATTEMPT AT PRIVACY BETWEEN THESE HOMES THAT ARE DIRECTLY BEHIND HIS, UH, RESTAURANT? BECAUSE FROM MY KITCHEN WINDOW IN MY BATHROOM WINDOW, I CAN SEE HIS ENTIRE LOT AND THEY CAN SEE ME, UM, FROM MY BACK PORCH AS WELL.

I WOULD HAVE TO FUND A 10 FOOT PRIVACY FENCE IN ORDER TO HAVE ANY SORT OF PRIVACY.

UM, I HAVE A POOL IN MY BACKYARD.

I AM A YOUNG

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FEMALE.

OBVIOUSLY THERE'S, YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO HAVE SOME SORT OF PRIVACY.

UM, YOU HAVE ABOUT 10 SECONDS.

OKAY.

YEAH.

AND THEN I THINK ALSO WHAT THEY SAID, JUST THE OTHER BUSINESSES ON HIS SIDE OF FOSTER ARE NOT RESTAURANTS AND THEY DEFINITELY DON'T SERVE ALCOHOL.

SO IT JUST SEEMS A LITTLE, UM, OUT OF PLACE FOR ME.

THANK YOU GUYS.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT CARD IS FOR PHILIP MARKS.

GOOD EVENING.

HELLO, COUNCILMAN.

UH, MY NAME IS PHILIP MARKS.

UH, I HAVE LIVED AT, UH, I'M A, AT 6 4 2 BIENVILLE STREET FOR, UH, ABOUT TWO YEARS NOW.

AND I'M ALSO HERE TO SAY, UH, THAT I OPPOSE, UH, THIS REZONING.

SO I APOLOGIZE.

THERE MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT OF REPETITION WITH WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID BEFORE.

UH, BUT I'LL BE BRIEF.

SO I GENERALLY, I, I, I LIKE THE IDEA OF THIS KIND OF CONCEPT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, BUT I JUST THINK THAT, UH, OUR LITTLE STREET, UH, OF BIENVILLE ULTIMATELY WILL BE, UH, THE LOSERS, UH, IN THIS REZONING.

UM, AND THE REASON I THINK THAT IS ALSO RELATED TO, UH, THE RECENT BUSINESS OPENINGS THAT, THAT WE'VE HAD, UM, ON THE STREET, WHICH AGAIN, HAVE EXACERBATED THE USE OF VIEN, UH, AS A UNINTENDED, UH, THROUGHWAY, UH, IN WHICH PEOPLE ARE FREQUENTLY SPEEDING.

SO I THINK THAT'S TRUE.

UM, AND I THINK WE BEAR THAT BURDEN IN A WAY THAT PERHAPS UPSTREAM RESIDENTS OR UPSTREAM ESTABLISHMENTS LIKE THE Y M C A, UM, DO NOT.

SO I THINK IN ADDITION TO THE PARKING CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED BEFORE, UH, MY MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT FOSTER IS A, IT'S A FOUR-LANE ROAD, AND SO IT'S GONNA BE HARD FOR, FOR NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC, UM, TO TAKE A LEFT INTO, UH, SAID, PARKING FOR THIS NEW ESTABLISHMENT.

AND SO WHAT I FORESEE HAPPENING, WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING WITH, UH, THESE OTHER BUSINESSES IS THAT PEOPLE WILL TAKE A LEFT ON CAPITOL HEIGHTS AND THEN TAKE A RIGHT ONTO BIENVILLE STREET.

AND, AND AGAIN, I I THINK THAT'S, UM, THAT'S, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT, THAT WE, UH, ON OUR STREET WILL, WILL BEAR THE, UH, BURDENS OF.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

ALL I HAVE TO SAY THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT COURT IS FOR JANINE SMITH.

HI, I'M JANINE SMITH.

I LIVE AT 5 5 5 BIENVILLE STREET.

I'VE LIVED THERE SINCE JANUARY, 2018.

AND, UM, SADLY I'M OPPOSED TO THIS DEVELOPMENT, NOT BECAUSE I'M ANTI-BUSINESS.

UM, AND NOT THAT I DON'T THINK MR. TIMMEL IS DELIGHTFUL AND SEEMS LIKE A WONDERFUL PERSON.

UM, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE ALL OPPOSED TO THE IDEA OF A BUSINESS BEING OPEN IN THE EVENING HOURS AND SERVING ALCOHOL AND HAVING OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT AND PEOPLE DINING AND LOITERING OUTSIDE, WE, UM, HAVE A PROBLEM ON THE GOVERNMENT STREET SIDE OF BIENVILLE WITH PEOPLE LOITERING, HANGING OUT IN THE PARKING LOTS.

IF YOU LOOK AT OPEN NEIGHBORHOOD ON B.GOV, YOU'LL SEE THAT THE HOTBED OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY FOR SEVEN OR EIGHT BLOCKS EITHER WAY ON GOVERNMENT STREET IS ALL LOCATED RIGHT AROUND PHIL BRADY'S, UM, THE JACK IN THE BOX IN THE VAPE SHOP.

AND THERE IS NO OTHER, UH, CRIMINAL ACTIVITY THAT COMES NEAR WHAT'S GOING ON THERE.

SO WE HAVE CONCERNS, AND IT'S SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE THESE BUSINESSES ARE OPEN AFTER HOURS, UM, IN PHIL BRADY'S, UH, CASE, THEY'RE ALSO SERVING ALCOHOL AND, AND PEOPLE ARE GOING OUTSIDE TO SMOKE.

SO WE HAVE A LOT OF CONCERNS ABOUT NOISE LEVEL, ABOUT FOOT TRAFFIC, ABOUT PEOPLE HANGING OUT, LOITERING AND DRINKING AND, UM, CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.

SO THAT WAS REALLY, I DIDN'T WANNA REPEAT EVERYTHING THAT EVERYONE ELSE SAID, ALTHOUGH I DO AGREE WITH THEM.

BUT I DID WANNA POINT OUT THAT THERE'S BEEN AN UPTICK IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY SINCE THE VAPE SHOP LOCATED, AND THERE ARE AFTER HOURS.

SO NOW IT'S KIND OF BECOME THREE AFTER HOURS BUSINESSES THAT ARE ATTRACTING PEOPLE LATE IN THE EVENINGS JUST TO HANG OUT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT CARD IS FOR BODO KLAUS.

I'M BODO KLAUS.

I'M AN ARCHITECT.

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I'M A REAL ESTATE WORKER, AND I'M A GENERAL CONTRACTOR HAVING DONE A LOT OF REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT IN BAT AVENUE THROUGH THE YEARS BEGINNING IN CAPITAL HEIGHTS IN 1970.

WE'VE DONE A LOT OF WORK.

WE BOUGHT UP A LOT OF OLD HOUSES AND FIXED THEM UP.

WE OWN APARTMENT BUILDINGS AND OFFICE BUILDINGS, AND IT'S ALL FIRST CLASS AND AN IMPROVEMENT TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS MEETING THIS MORNING, AND I DIDN'T, DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE THREE MINUTE LIMITATION, SO I WAS PREPARED TO MAKE MY CASE, BUT I CAN'T DO IT IN THREE MINUTES.

IT'S JUST TOO MUCH GOING ON.

SO I'M GOING TO TRY IT TO CONDENSE IT FOR YOU.

AND I'M GOING TO ASK YOU FROM THE VERY BEGINNING TO THINK ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF A QUOTE UNQUOTE ASRA ON A LOT THAT'S 40 FEET WIDE AND 120 FOOT DEEP.

I MEAN, ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THERE'S NO, NO WAY TO WORK OUT ON ANY REASONABLE PARKING, ESPECIALLY SINCE THE EXISTING BUILDING THE STAIRWAY TO IT, IT'S 10 FOOT FROM SOUTH FOSTER DRIVE, SO THE ONLY PARKING THEY CAN HAVE IN A REAR AND ONE OF THEIR REQUIREMENTS BESIDES PARKING, IT'S GOING TO BE ACCESS FOR DELIVERY TRUCKS.

IT, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

IT, IT'S JUST NOT ENOUGH ROOM, FOOL.

SO I'M OPPOSING THIS APPLICATION ON THE GROUNDS, THE NUMBER ONE OF WHAT I HAVE SEEN IN HER YEAR TODAY.

I THINK THE APPLICATION IS ERRONEOUS IN MANY RESPECTS, IN, I'M CERTAINLY PLANNING ON PURSUING THAT IF WE HAD TO APPROVE IT.

AND SO THAT'D BE MY FIRST COMPLAINT.

AND, AND OBJECTION.

YOU HAVE ABOUT 30 SECONDS, SIR.

YEAH.

BUT IN 30 SECONDS, I WANT TO TELL YOU, WE, WE JUST SPEND A LOT OF MONEY IMPROVING GOVERNMENT STREET ON CAPITOL HEIGHTS FOR PEDESTRIAN YOUTH, THE YOUNG PEOPLE TO WALK THEIR DOGS AND THEIR CHILDREN AND ALL THAT.

AND WHAT YOU GOING TO PUT THIS ON A 40, 120 FOOT LOT IN WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO IMPROVE FOR 30 YEARS AND SPEND THOUSANDS UP THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF THEIR OWN MONEY TO IMPROVE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THIS THING IS NOT GOING TO FIT.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT COURT IS FOR CHARLES SCH.

YES.

MY NAME IS CHARLES SHAW, 6 6 1 BIENVILLE STREET.

I'VE OWNED MY HOME HERE FOR NINE YEARS.

I REALLY LIKE THE QUIET CAPITOL HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD.

IT'S QUIET THAT IS PROTECTED BY THE CURRENT LIGHT COMMERCIAL C ONE BUFFER ON SOUTH FOSTER REZONING 6 6 2 SOUTH FOSTER TO C A B ONE WOULD BLOW A GAP TOOTH ZONING HOLE IN ITS BUFFER.

RATHER THAN BEING A BUFFER TO NOISE AND RESIDENCE, IT WOULD CREATE A SOURCE OF NOISE.

GOING FROM A QUIET DENTIST OFFICE TO ANNOY OUTDOOR RESTAURANT.

SERVING ALCOHOL WILL BE A HUGE CHANGE FOR NEIGHBORHOOD DYNAMICS.

THIS PROPERTY BORDERS MY BACKYARD DIRECTLY AND ALL THE OTHER RESIDENTS ON THE EAST SIDE OF BIENVILLE STREET SEPARATED ONLY BY A LOW FENCE.

I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE CONSTANT AND LATE NOISE AND LIGHT POLLUTION COOKING AND GRILLING SMELLS AND ALCOHOL BEING SERVED IN OUR OPEN AIR IN AN OPEN AIR SETTING IN OUR BACKYARDS.

THE APPLICATION STAFF REPORT NOTES THAT THIS LOT AT 4,800 SQUARE FEET DOES NOT MEET THE MINIMUM SIZE REQUIREMENT OF 7,500 SQUARE FEET FOR A LOT WITHIN C A B ONE ZONE, AS REQUIRED BY THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE, LOUISIANA REVISED STATUTES 33 1 0 1 AND FOLLOWING, AND PARTICULARLY 33 1 1 2.

THIS REZONING IS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THAT REQUIREMENT.

PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

STAFF REPORT ALSO SAYS THIS REZONING IS CONSISTENT WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, BUT THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN'S FIRST RECOMMENDATION FOR MID-CITY IS TO FOCUS REDEVELOPMENT EFFORTS ON GOVERNMENT STREET AND FLORIDA BOULEVARD.

IN A RECENT BUSINESS REPORT, A STORY, THE APPLICANT CITED EXAMPLES OF THE TYPE OF RESTAURANT HE'S PLANNING.

AND

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AGAIN, AS OTHERS HAVE SAID, ALL OF THEM ARE ON GOVERNMENT STREET.

NEW RESTAURANTS FAIL AT AN ALARMING 70 PLUS PERCENT RATE.

REZO REZONING WILL PERMANENTLY CHANGE THE PROSPECT OR INTRODUCE THE PROSPECT OF TURNOVER AND INSTABILITY TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

I'M ALL IN FAVOR OF CITY PLANNING AND THE VISION AND STABILITY IT PROVIDES.

I MADE THE BIGGEST INVESTMENT OF MY LIFE, MY HOME, BASED ON THE C ONE ZONING.

I WOULD NEVER HAVE BOUGHT A HOUSE NEXT DOOR TO AN OPEN AIR RESTAURANT SERVING ALCOHOL.

THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN RECOMMENDS PLANNING AND ZONING FOCUS REDEVELOPMENT EFFORTS ON GOVERNMENT STREET AND FLORIDA BOULEVARD.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT COURT IS FOR COLEMAN BROWN.

I'M, I'M COLEMAN BROWN.

I'M A RESIDENT OF 8 3 6 BUTAN STREET, ABOUT THREE BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE SITE.

I'VE LIVED THERE ALL MY LIFE, 76 YEARS.

I'VE SERVED AS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE CAPITAL HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.

WE FORMED IT 30 YEARS AGO, WHICH ENCOMPASSES THIS AREA, FLORIDA BOULEVARD DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT.

I WAS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THAT AS WELL.

UH, AND THE CAPITAL, UH, MID-CITY MERCHANTS.

WE HAD A, UH, COMMITTEE FOR THIS, UH, REDO OF GOVERNMENT STREET, AND I SERVED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THAT PARTICULAR COMMITTEE.

AND I WANT THANK YOU FOR SERVING ON THIS COMMISSION.

UM, THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES I'VE SEEN IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PARTICULAR AREA.

UM, FOR THIS CONFLICT TO OCCUR, MY WIFE AND I PICK UP LITTER DAILY IN FRONT OF THIS PARTICULAR SITE AND ALONG GOVERNMENT STREET DOWN TO CA ANDROSS AND BEYOND.

AND, UH, THE, UH, CRAWFISH OPERATION RESTAURANT DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET.

WE PICK UP TONS OF LITTER FROM, FROM THAT ORGANIZATION THERE AS WELL.

BODO KLAUS DIDN'T MENTION IT, BUT HIS OFFICE BUILDING, WHICH WON NUMEROUS ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS.

I BELIEVE BODO WAS A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING.

IT IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THIS PARTICULAR SITE.

UM, GOVERNMENT STREET'S COME A LONG WAY, SO HAS CAPITOL HEIGHTS.

WE HAVE ASKED THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE IN MY CAPACITY ON THOSE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT I'VE CHAIRED FOR A LIGHT AT CAPITOL HEIGHTS, WHICH IS ABOUT MAYBE A HUNDRED FEET AWAY FROM THIS PARTICULAR SITE.

WE'VE HAD LOTS OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS THERE AT CAPITOL HEIGHTS.

I GUESS Y'ALL ARE AWARE OF THAT.

CAPITOL HEIGHTS AND SOUTH FOSTER, LOTS OF LOUD CARS AND MUFFLERS, UH, SPEEDERS GO DOWN THAT STREET ALL THE TIME.

SO WE REALLY HAVE A CONFLICT HERE WITH THIS LAND USE BEFORE YOU AND, UH, RESPECTFULLY OPPOSE THEIR, UH, RELOCATION.

THERE'S PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY ON GOVERNMENT STREET OR FLORIDA FOR THEM TO COME AND, AND START A NICE NEW RESTAURANT, WHICH WE ALL AGREE IS WOULD BE NICE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL ADDITIONAL SPEAKER CARDS THAT ARE IN OPPOSITION, BUT DO NOT WISH TO SPEAK.

THOSE ARE FOR HEIDI, KLAUS AND BEVERLY MAY.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL INVITE THE APPLICANT BACK FOR A FIVE MINUTE REBUTTAL.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSION MEMBERS.

UH, JUST A COUPLE POINTS OF CLARIFICATION.

SOUTH FOSTER IS A FOUR LANE HIGHWAY.

UH, ONE THING THAT I DID FAIL TO MENTION, WHICH I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT, UM, IS ON THE CORNER OF, UM, CLAY CUT AND SOUTH FOSTER.

I RECENTLY PURCHASED A CONDOMINIUM THERE, UM, WHICH I HAVE MY MOTHER AGING IN PLACE, SO I'M EXTREMELY FAMILIAR WITH THE CORRIDOR AND WHAT THAT REPRESENTS.

UH, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THEY AND CRIME AND WHAT HAVE YOU, I'M NOT SURE, UM, UH, TO WHAT EXTENT THAT FOLKS ARE, UM, ALLEGING.

I WILL SAY THIS THOUGH, THAT AS A, UH, RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR AND ONE THAT DOES AFFORDABLE HOUSING, THE CURRENT ZONE, THE CURRENT ZONING OF C ONE DOES ALLOW FOR, UH, LOW INCOME HOUSING, WHICH I'VE ALSO CONSIDERED IN THAT AREA.

SO WHEN I HEAR CONCERNS ABOUT, UM, UM, CRIME AND WHAT HAVE YOU, UM, I WOULD JUST CAUTION RESIDENTS THAT IT IS OWNED AND IT'S GONNA BE REDEVELOPED.

THE CURRENT SITE, AGAIN, IS NOT ONE THAT IS, UM, GEARED TOWARDS A YOUNGER CROWD, A ROBUST CROWD, UM, AT BEING 52 YEARS OLD, MY WIFE BEING 51, OFTENTIMES WE LOOK FOR PLACES THAT WE CAN GO EAT, UM, UH, DRINK, UH, AND THEN GO AHEAD AND GO HOME.

AND IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE, UM, ESTABLISHMENTS THAT WE MENTIONED ON GOVERNMENT STREET, IT IS JUST THAT THEY'RE NOT ROWDY, THEY'RE NOT, UH, RAMBUNCTIOUS.

FOLKS CAN GO THERE, EAT AND UH, LEAVE.

UM, AND LASTLY, I'LL SAY THAT, UM, IN THAT AREA, WHEN WE, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BIENVILLE, WHICH I DO RESPECT

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THE NEIGHBORS BEING ON THAT STREET, UM, THE WAY THAT THE, THE LOT WAS DESIGNED, UH, AND CORRECTING MR. KLAUS, IT'S NOT A 40 BY ONE 20, IT'S THREE LOTS THAT IT SITS ON.

SO IT'S ACTUALLY ONE 20 BY ONE 20.

I AM AWARE THAT MR. KLAUSER HAS HAD, UM, SOME DIFFICULTY WITH THE CURRENT, UH, DOCTOR, THE DENTIST THAT OWNS THE RED, THE PLACE THAT I BOUGHT, WHICH I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT.

AND SO, UM, BE THAT AS IT MAY, IT IS WHAT IT IS.

BUT ONCE AGAIN, IT'S A, IT'S A GREAT ATMOSPHERE, A GREAT LOCATION.

UM, I'VE COMMUNICATED WITH MID, MID-CITY MERCHANTS AND FEEL THAT WHAT WE ARE, WHAT WE'RE PLANNING ON DOING THERE WOULD JUST ADD TREMENDOUS VALUE TO, UH, THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND WHAT MID-CITY IS BEING REDEVELOPED TO BE IN THIS CURRENT STATE.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSION MEMBERS.

AT THIS TIME, I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND INVITE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS.

I BELIEVE WE HAVE ONE FROM VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT, MR. DIRECTOR, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THIS PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY C ONE, WHICH WOULD ALLOW A RESTAURANT BY, RIGHT? AM I CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT.

SO THE, THE CONCERN HERE THAT WE'RE DISCUSSING IS WHETHER THAT RESTAURANT HAS ALCOHOL OR DOESN'T HAVE ALCOHOL, BUT NOT WHETHER IT CAN BE A RESTAURANT.

IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT.

COMMISSIONER BROWN.

AND THE OTHER THING WAS, SPEAKING OF THE ALCOHOL, UH, SOMEONE BROUGHT UP THE 7,500 SQUARE FOOT MINIMUM LOT SIZE, THAT DOES CREATE AN ISSUE.

NOW, IF ALL THREE OF THOSE LOTS TAKEN TOGETHER, WOULD THAT NOT CONSTITUTE THE 7,500 SQUARE FEET? SO THESE ARE EXISTING LOTS OF RECORD.

UH, THEY'RE CLASSIFIED AS LEGAL NON-CONFORMING LOTS.

THE CHANGE OR THE POTENTIAL CHANGE IN ZONING TO BE CONSIDERED TONIGHT DOES NOT INCREASE THE EXTENT OF THE NON-CONFORMITY OF THESE LOTS.

AND, UH, PHIL BRADY'S WAS BROUGHT UP, THAT'S A CAV TWO, IS THAT CORRECT? NOT A CAV ONE.

CORRECT.

THEY OPERATE AS A BAR AND LOUNGE.

OKAY.

UM, CAN THE, UH, CAN THE, UH, APPLICANT COME FORWARD, PLEASE FOR A MOMENT? UH, HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS ABOUT THIS? UM, NOT ON BIENVILLE.

OKAY.

BUT I DID GO TO, UM, MID-CITY MERCHANTS, RIGHT.

AND I TALKED TO OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS.

I DIDN'T MAKE MY WAY AROUND TO, UM, THE RESIDENTS OF THAT COMMUNITY, UH, MR. GROUT.

AND SO, UM, I DID, WHEN I ATTENDED MID-CITY MERCHANTS, UM, ONE OF THE LOCAL BUSINESSES DID, DID, UM, TELL ME THAT THERE WAS SOME CONCERN FROM THE NEIGHBORS.

AND, UM, AND THAT WAS THIS PAST THURSDAY.

AND SO BETWEEN THURSDAY AND TODAY, I DID NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO GO TO SPEAK TO THOSE RESIDENTS, BUT I HAVE BEEN IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS AND, UM, AND HAVE COMMUNICATED WITH, UM, THE MID-CITY MERCHANTS GROUP.

WELL, THE, THE REASON I ASK IS, IS THAT SOME OF THE NEIGHBORS HAD HAD BROUGHT UP PROXIMITY TO THIS SITE.

YES, SIR.

AND IF YOU ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, THERE'S, UH, AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S MS. FRY, IS THAT THE YES.

THERE'S A HOUSE THAT LITERALLY, AND IT MAY BE YOURS THAT IS ALMOST ON THE PROPERTY LINE IN THE BACK.

MM-HMM.

, THAT'S YOURS.

OKAY.

THAT PIECE OF PROPERTY.

I MEAN, THAT, THAT'S OF CONCERN THAT, YOU KNOW, AND I KNOW WE'RE DEALING WITH PLANNING AND NOT SPECIFICS OR WHERE TRAFFIC'S GONNA BE, ET CETERA, ET CETERA, BUT YOU HAVE SOME NEIGHBORS WHO ARE QUITE CLOSE TO YOU.

AND I THINK IT WOULD BE BEHOOVE YOU TO TALK WITH THEM, SEE WHAT THEIR, UH, CONCERNS ARE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP ADDRESS 'EM.

A RESTAURANT CAN GO THERE NO MATTER WHAT.

WE'RE NOT ARGUING THAT POINT.

I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID THEY DON'T WANT A RESTAURANT HERE, AND THEY WANT, YOU KNOW, THEY WANT US TO TRY TO MOVE IT TO GOVERNMENT STREET.

MM-HMM.

WHICH WE'RE NOT GONNA DO.

RIGHT.

UH, I'M NOT GONNA TELL YOU HOW TO DEAL WITH YOUR PROPERTY, MR. GRO.

I DO RESPECT THAT.

YEAH.

UM, AND I, I DO BELIEVE THAT IN RESPECT OF WHAT I'VE HEARD TONIGHT, WHICH WAS THE FIRST TIME MM-HMM.

, UM, I DO SEE A, A NEED TO MITIGATE AND, AND HAVE SOME TYPE OF, UM, 10 TO 12 FOOT WALL UP ON THE SERVITUDE THAT'S IN THE BACK.

SO I DO AGREE THAT BECAUSE RESIDENTS DO BUTT UP AGAINST IT, THERE IS A NEED.

BUT, BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN, IN HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY THAT I'VE HEARD THESE CONCERNS TONIGHT.

WELL, I THINK, I THINK THOSE CONCERNS ARE IN MANY WAYS LEGITIMATE MM-HMM.

.

AND I THINK THEY'RE CONCERNS THAT I THINK YOU CAN ANSWER.

YES, SIR.

AND AGAIN, IT'S NOT FOR US TO DECIDE HOW YOU DO THAT.

WE ARE DEALING IN A PLANNING EXERCISE AS TO WHETHER THIS, WHETHER YOU CAN HAVE ALCOHOL AT YOUR RESTAURANT OR NOT.

RIGHT.

SO, UM, WITH THAT, UM, I MEAN, IF, AND I DON'T, I I'M NOT GONNA GET INTO NEGOTIATION HERE, BUT I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU SPEAK WITH YOUR, YOUR NEW, YOUR NEW NEIGHBORS AND LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY.

AND MAYBE YOU, YOU KNOW, COME SOME AGREEMENT.

BUT, UM, UH, LET'S SEE.

THAT'S, I'M GOING THROUGH MY, I'M GOING THROUGH MY LIST HERE.

I THINK THAT'S REALLY ALL I'VE GOT.

SO I'LL, UH, I'LL, I'LL BE QUIET.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MR. BROWN.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, COMMENTS FROM THE COMMISSION.

COMMISSIONER BANKS,

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UM, COUNCILMAN COLE'S DISTRICT.

HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH HIM? I HAVE COUNCILWOMAN, UH, BANKS.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.

THAT WAS ONE OF MY, UM, FIRST, UH, CALLS.

UM, AND ONCE AGAIN, AS A HOUSING DEVELOPER, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THOUGHT ABOUT DOING WAS, UM, I, I KIND OF NEED YOU TO STICK TO OH, YEAH.

SO I DID TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT.

AND WHAT DID HE SAY? UM, HE WAS FINE WITH IT.

OKAY.

UM, I'VE BEEN TO COUNCIL MEETINGS AND, AND TALKED TO HIM AT ONE OF THE PREVIOUS COUNCIL MEETINGS, AND HE WAS OKAY WITH THAT.

OKAY.

UM, SO, BUT, AND I, I DON'T NEED TO ASK, THE SECOND QUESTION WAS, YOU KNOW, IF, IF YOU KNEW IN ADVANCE OF THE OPPOSITION, USUALLY MY SECOND QUESTION IS DID THE COUNCILMAN ARRANGED, UH, A COMMUNITY MEETING? BUT I GUESS THAT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE.

'CAUSE YOU, YOU SAY YOU WEREN'T, YOU DID NOT KNOW I THAT WAS OPPOSITION.

BUT I DID GO TO MID-CITY MERCHANTS MEETING LAST WEEK, WHICH I HOPE TO MEET SOME OF THE, UH, NEIGHBORS AND BUSINESS OWNERS, WHICH I DID.

AND I'VE ALSO GONE TO, UM, THE FLORIDA BOULEVARD CORRIDOR, WHICH I, SO LET ME ASK YOU THIS.

DID, DID YOU TALK TO THE PEOPLE TO THE LEFT, RIGHT, NORTH, SOUTH, THE, THE PEOPLE TO THE RIGHT YES.

NORTH.

YEAH.

YES.

THE PEOPLE TO THE RIGHT YES.

ACROSS THE STREET.

YES.

THE PERSON TO THE LEFT, UM, ONE OF THE OWNERS KNOW THERE'S A LITTLE CONFLICT ALREADY EXISTING, SO I HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MITIGATE THAT.

OKAY.

SO THAT WAS A, UH, UM, SPEAKER WHO SAID IT BUTTS AGAINST HER HOUSE.

MM-HMM.

, THAT'S NOT ONE OF THE NEIGHBORS THOUGH.

YES.

ON THE BACKSIDE.

SO WHAT WAS THAT CONVERSATION LIKE? I DIDN'T, I DIDN'T HAVE THAT CONVERSATION ON THE BACKSIDE.

SO TO THE RIGHT.

YES.

MM-HMM.

ACROSS THE STREET AND NOT ON THE BACKSIDE, WHICH IS A ADJACENT STREET, BENTONVILLE THAT THEY'RE REFERENCING.

ANY REASON YOU DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO THAT NEIGHBOR? UM, NO, I DIDN'T KNOW OF THE OPPOSITION.

I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT IT THURSDAY.

NO, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, JUST AS DUE PROCESS TO SAY, THIS IS WHAT I'M INTERESTED IN.

NO, UM, I DIDN'T, UM, I JUST DIDN'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY.

SO IN JUST HEARING, UM, YOUR PROJECT, IT SOUNDS GREAT.

I AGREE.

WE SHOULDN'T TELL YOU WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

UM, I WOULD HAVE SOME CONCERNS JUST ON SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE'VE HAD WITH OTHER, UM, ACQUIRED C A B ONE RE AND IT'S CLOSE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO, UM, TO HOUSING MM-HMM.

, UH, WHERE, YOU KNOW, YOU COULD PUT A FENCE, BUT IT, THAT WON'T STOP THE NOISE.

IF THERE'S MUSIC, IF THERE'S CHATTER, UM, YOU KNOW, JUST THAT IT WOULD EITHER, EITHER THE PERSON, YOU'RE EITHER, UM, STIFLING THE ENJOYMENT OF THOSE WHO ARE AT YOUR RESTAURANT OR THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE, OF THE RESIDENT BEHIND YOU.

SO THAT'S WHAT, FOR ME, JUST INITIALLY DOES NOT MAKE THIS THE PROJECT, THE RIGHT PROJECT.

UM, BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

AND SO UNLESS YOU AND THAT NEIGHBOR CAN WORK OUT FOR SOMETHING, I CANNOT EVEN JUST BASED ON WHAT I'VE HEARD TODAY, BE IN SUPPORT.

THE OTHER THING IS, YOU MENTIONED THAT IT WAS ALREADY ZONED AS, UH, ALREADY ZONED AS C ONE AND YOU INDICATED YOU COULD DO AFFORDABLE HOUSING THERE.

ABSOLUTELY.

SO TELL ME WHAT, WHAT THAT INFER INFERENCE WAS ABOUT.

WELL, I KEEP HEARING INFERENCES ABOUT, UM, UH, COMMUNITY TRAFFIC TURNING OFF A FOSTER.

SO ANYTHING THAT'S GONNA GO THERE, MY POINT SIMPLY BEING IS THAT THERE'S GONNA BE SOME TYPE OF TRAFFIC AND SOME TYPE OF, UM, UH, FOLKS TURNING IN AND OUT OF A FOSTER, WHICH IS A FOUR LANE, UH, HIGH OR FOUR LANE ROAD.

SO WHATEVER'S GONNA BE DONE THERE, WHICH I DON'T NEED THAT TO DO THERE.

THERE'S GONNA BE TRAFFIC EITHER WAY.

BUT THIS IS, UH, SOMETHING THAT I FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT.

YOU ALSO INDICATED ABOUT THEY'RE MENTIONING CRIME.

SO TELL ME MM-HMM.

, THE, YOUR INFERENCE AS IT RELATES TO, UM, AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND CRIME.

SO I'VE HEARD THE CONNOTATION, UH, NUMEROUS TIMES.

NOT ONLY TONIGHT, BUT ALSO IN OTHER MEETINGS THAT I'VE BEEN TO.

I HAVE SOMETHING ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, WHICH WAS PASSED.

AND I'VE HEARD, UH, INDIVIDUALS IN THE BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY WHEN IT COMES TO HOUSING MENTIONED CRIME, AND SOMETIMES THEY ASSOCIATE THAT WITH THAT AS WELL.

I NEVER, I DIDN'T HEAR THAT TODAY.

OH, YOU DIDN'T HEAR CRIME TODAY? I DIDN'T HEAR THAT.

I DIDN'T HEAR ANYONE MAKE ANY REFERENCE BETWEEN AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND CRIME OTHER THAN YOU YEAH, THAT, WELL, THAT WAS MY, THAT WAS MY OPINION.

OKAY.

SO THOSE ARE PEOPLE THAT I, RIGHT OFF THE BAT WILL NEVER APPROVE MM-HMM.

, BECAUSE I THINK THAT THAT'S PREJUDICE, RIGHT? I THINK IT IS.

UM, THERE'S NO INFORMATION THAT WOULD INDICATE, I THINK YOU'RE PING A GROUP OF PIECE OF PEOPLE BASED ON THEIR INCOME LEVEL MM-HMM.

, AND OFTENTIMES THAT'S ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH RAISE.

RIGHT.

AND SO FOR YOU TO SAY THAT ALONE, I DON'T LIKE, I WOULD NOT APPROVE IT.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW WHAT, WHERE WE GO WITH THIS.

I, I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION THAT WE DELETE THE ITEM.

I THINK YOU NEED TO START FROM SCRATCH.

UM, I THINK YOU NEED TO MEET WITH YOUR COUNCILMAN AND YOU NEED TO HAVE A COMMUNITY MEETING WITH

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HIM.

AND I THINK YOU NEED TO REASSESS YOUR VALUES AND HOW YOU, UH, VIEW PEOPLE THAT AFFORDABLE LIVING.

TO ME, AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT, AND THAT IS WHETHER YOU MAKE A THOUSAND A MONTH OR A HUNDRED THOUSAND A MONTH.

AND SO, UM, FOR ME, I LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION THAT WE DELETE THIS ITEM.

YOU REALLY NEED TO GO BACK AND I DON'T THINK YOU'LL BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR BECAUSE YOU'RE IGNORING THEIR CONCERNS.

WHETHER WE AGREE WITH IT OR NOT, ALL OF THAT MATTERS TO ME.

TO, TO CLARIFY, UH, COMMISSIONER BANKS, ARE YOU, ARE YOU MAKING A MOTION TO DENY THE ITEM TO DENY? I WISH WE COULD DELETE, BUT YEAH.

DENY TO DENY THE ITEM.

OKAY.

I DIDN'T MEAN TO CUT OFF YOUR STATEMENT.

I, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE ON THAT.

YEAH.

SO, UM, ALL OF, I'M SENSITIVE TO ALL OF THAT, ESPECIALLY WHEN I REPRESENT A PEOPLE WHO, UM, HAVE BEEN, UH, CONSTANTLY THEIR, THE DIRECTION BY WHICH THEIR COMMUNITY HAS GROWN OR NOT ARE STIFLED BASED ON WHAT OTHER PEOPLE PUSHED ON US.

SO I'M EXTREMELY SENSITIVE TO THAT.

UM, AND IF, UM, SO FOR ME, I'D LIKE TO DENY THE ITEM TONIGHT, AND I THINK YOU HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO.

THANK YOU.

COUNCILMAN, THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR FROM COMMISSIONER BANKS TO DENY THIS ITEM.

IS THERE A SECOND TO THAT MOTION SAYING NONE THAT THAT MOTION FAILS? I BELIEVE WE HAVE A COMMENT BY COMMISSIONER ADDISON.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

UM, A COUPLE OF THINGS I'M TRYING TO FIND IN THE STAFF REPORT, YOUR RECOMMENDATION FOR THE STAFF WAS WHAT? MR. UM, THE STEP RECOMMENDATION WAS TO CERTIFY THE, UH, PROPOSED REQUEST MEETS THE CRITERIA FOR A CHANGE OF ZONING.

I'LL FIND IT WHEN YOU START READING IT.

UM, OKAY.

THAT'S, THAT'S ONE PART I DID UNDERSTAND THAT THE BUFFER THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, THERE'S A SERVITUDE IN THE BACK THEN THE APPLICANT INDICATED A SECOND OATH.

HE'S WILLING TO PUT A FENCE UP THAT FURTHER BUFFERS THE BACK PART OF THAT PROPERTY.

HOW MUCH OF THE RIGHT OF WAY IS THAT SERVITUDE? I DON'T THINK I SEE THAT ANYWHERE HERE.

I DON'T KNOW IF THE APPLICANT ANSWERED THAT OR SOMEONE ON THE STAFF.

YOU DON'T HAVE AN IDEA WHAT THAT BUFFER IS.

WE CAN GIVE AN A PRETTY GOOD ESTIMATE OF THE CAN YOU PLEASE MOMENT? I NEED THAT AND I'LL CONTINUE MY COMMENT WHILE YOU LOOK THAT PART UP.

THE, UM, IT'S APPROXIMATELY 15 FEET, ABOUT A 15 FEET BUFFER BETWEEN THAT BACK STREET, 15 FOOT SERVITUDE ERV.

THE, UM, THE FINAL PART IS THAT ON NOT BEVILLE, LET ME SEE WHAT STREET THIS IS.

YES.

BIENVILLE.

I NOTICED THE PROPERTY DIRECTLY BEHIND THIS APPLICANT.

IT'S LISTED AS B ONE.

AND GIVE ME SOME CLARITY OF WHAT B ONE ITEMS CAN GO IN B ONE.

B ONE IS AN OLD INACTIVE ZONING DISTRICT.

IT ALLOWS OFFICE USES MM-HMM.

, UH, IT'S TYPICALLY AS A TRANSITION IN BETWEEN RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL AREAS.

AND HIS PROPERTY IS LOANED AS A COMMERCIAL.

AND THE ONLY DIFFERENCE, AS I HEARD TWO OF MY COLLEAGUES MENTION THAT THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS HE'S ACTUALLY APPLYING TO A LOT FOR ALCOHOL BEVERAGE IN THE RESTAURANT THAT HE'S GONNA SERVE.

SO WITH THAT, THAT MODIFIED CHANGE, IT ONLY ALLOW THAT.

BUT WITHIN THE CURRENT Z ONE, HE CAN PLACE THE RESTAURANT WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO SERVE ALCOHOL.

THAT'S CORRECT, COMMISSIONER.

OKAY.

I'M NOT GONNA TAKE ON A LOT OF THESE SOCIAL ASPECTS OF PERSONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHO MAY MADE COMMENTS BECAUSE SOME OF THOSE COMMENTS ARE JERMAINE TO, TO WHAT IS CURRENTLY GOING ON, NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS RESTAURANT WHATSOEVER.

I MEAN, THE IDEA, IF WE CAN GO BACK, IF I HAD RESIDENTS COME UP AND TALK ABOUT THE INCREASE IN CRIME IN THE AREA, THAT'S A WHOLE NOTHER SUBJECT MATTER REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT'S IT'S CREATED BY THIS INSTRUMENT, ANYTHING ELSE.

AND IF YOU DON'T GET IT APPROVED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, THAT WOULD STILL EXIST AND, AND THAT WOULD MAKE A WHOLE NOTHER, UM, IMPETUS BE PLACED ON ANY APPLICANT TO SAY, WELL, BECAUSE WE HAVE AN, AN INCREASE IN CRIME IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, WE SHOULD NOT DO THAT.

BECAUSE THERE AGAIN, YOU YOU'RE SAYING TO HIM, AND IT'S SAYING TO US THAT WE WOULD NOT BE APPROVING ANYTHING IN THIS COURT.

ANY OTHER, I LOOK AT A LOT OF THE, UH, LOT OF THE DIFFERENT ZONING IN THAT QUARTER.

I MEAN, YOU LOOK ON CATO ON THE BACKSIDE, IT HAS SO MANY DIFFERENT ZONING CATEGORIES.

YOU ALMOST CAN'T COUNT, YOU KNOW, I MEAN THAT'S ONE STREET OVER AND IT'S IN THE SAME DIRECTION.

YOU ON THE INFIELD SIDE FROM FOSTER CATO IS ON THE BACKSIDE OF OFF OF FOSTER AND YOU HAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT KIND OF CATEGORIES OF ZONING.

B ONE, AB ONE B TWO, BBC C ONE

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A TWO B ONE A B.

IT GOT SO MANY ZONES ON THE SAME STREET.

SO YOU HAVE TO DRAFT DOWN WITH HOW DO YOU GRAPH WITH TELLING THE ONE DEVELOPER BUSINESS, WHATEVER, THAT WE WON'T DO THAT.

I DID HEAR A LOT OF THE PEOPLE ON BEING BILL INDICATE THAT THEY ARE NOT OPPOSED TO IT, BUT THERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT ARISE BY THIS PARTICULAR CATEGORY.

I MEAN, COMMISSIONER ADDISON, WOULD YOU, WOULD YOU MIND IF I BROUGHT SOMETHING TO YOUR ATTENTION FOR JUST A MOMENT, SIR? APPRECIATE, UH, SOMETHING I WAS INFORMED OF, UM, BY THE DIRECTOR WHEN CHATTING HIM WITH HIM.

OBVIOUSLY WE ALWAYS PROMOTE THAT, UH, EACH APPLICANT SPEAKS WITH THE COMMUNITY, UH, WHETHER THAT'S, UH, FACILITATED THROUGH THE COUNCILMAN OR OTHER MEANS.

WE, WE ALWAYS ADVOCATE THAT SO THAT A LOT OF THE CONCERNS HAVE THE, UH, BEST OPPORTUNITY OF BEING MITIGATED, OBVIOUSLY, THAT, UH, THEY DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO DO THAT.

APPLICANT STATED THAT THINGS WERE BROUGHT THIS ATTENTION VERY RECENTLY THAT DIDN'T ALLOW FOR MUCH TIME FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.

HOWEVER, IF WE WERE TO DEFER THIS ITEM, I BELIEVE OUR NEXT MEETING, OBVIOUSLY THIS ITEM WOULD ALSO NEED TO GET COUNCIL APPROVAL.

I BELIEVE THE MEETING THAT THE COUNCIL MEETING THAT, THAT WOULD NEED TO OCCUR AT WILL HAPPEN AFTER OUR NEXT PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING.

MEETING THAT IF WE WERE TO DEFER THIS ITEM TO ALLOW THAT, UH, THOSE COMMUNICATIONS TO TAKE PLACE, IT WOULD NOT, UH, HAVE ANY IMPACT ON THE TIMELINE FOR COUNCIL DEFERRAL.

SOMETHING I WANTED TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION AS I FELT IT WAS GERMANE TO, UH, THE COMMENTS MADE BY THE RESIDENT AND SOME OF THE MISCOMMUNICATIONS OR LACK OF COMMUNI, LACK OF COMMUNICATION THAT'S HAPPENED BETWEEN THEM THUS FAR.

OKAY.

I MEAN, AGAIN, YOU'RE STATING THAT THE APPLICANT BETWEEN NOW AND THE COUNCIL MEETING WOULD NOT HAVE ANY ADVERSE IMPACT BETWEEN THE COUNCIL MEETING VOTE AND THE APPLICANT OF TONIGHT.

IF WE DEFER THIS FOR 30 DAYS.

THE NEXT PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS NOVEMBER 13TH, AND THIS ITEM GOES BEFORE THE COUNCIL WAS INITIALLY SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD BY THE COUNCIL NOVEMBER 15TH.

SO THERE WOULD BE NO OVERALL DELAY IF, IF THIS BODY CHOSE TO DEFER THE ITEM.

WELL, I'LL MAKE A MOTION.

SO WE WANT TO LABOR THIS TONIGHT.

WE CAN MAKE THE MOTION TO DEFER THIS FOR 30 DAYS AND, AND IT'LL STILL STAY ON HIS REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING IF WE DECIDE TO APPROVE IT.

AND THAT WOULD AGAIN, GIVE THE APPLICANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER TALK TO THE RESIDENTS.

AND I COULD SAY TO BOTH PARTIES TO KIND OF BE OPEN TO WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS THE USE OF HIS PROPERTY AND ALL THE OTHER ISSUES THAT WE MAY BE TALKING ABOUT MAY NOT BE SUBJECT OR GERMANE TO HIS APPLICANT.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE MOTION TO DEFER 30 DAYS.

I GIVE HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH RESIDENTS AND ITS COUNCIL MEMBER.

THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR FROM COMMISSIONER ADDISON TO DEFER THIS