LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — Parish officials are considering zoning that would create a commercial corridor crossing the parish from east to west along U.S. Highway 190 and Interstate 12.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/WGuS8f) the corridor would be zoned to attract manufacturers, retailers and other businesses.
Zoning has been an unpopular issue in mostly rural Livingston, but not having defined zones makes it harder to recruit retailers and manufacturers, Parish President Layton Ricks said.
Ricks said he would like to see a commercial district created, but with protections for the parish's residential lifestyle on either side.
The width of the corridor hasn't been determined but could run from 1,000 feet north of U.S. 190 to 1,000 feet south of I-12, he said.
Parish Councilmen Chance Parent and Ricky Goff said they also want to see other regulations and infrastructure improvements that would make the corridor attractive to businesses.
Putting such a package in place "will be a challenge," Parent said.
Just creating zoning would be a first for the Parish Council. Council members from rural districts have blocked past attempts at zoning in unincorporated parts of Livingston.
But it may be easier to sell the idea of zoning for the proposed corridor, proponents say.
Parent said residents he's talked with in his district north of Denham Springs say they don't mind zoning the corridor as long as it doesn't include zoning rural areas.
Councilwoman Sonya Collins, who represents a rural district in southern Livingston, said she doesn't expect opposition as long as the proposal doesn't affect their land.
"My district hates zoning," but the people like the idea of having businesses in easy driving distance along I-12, she said.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com