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Proposed Staring Developments Up for P&Z Approval Monday (July 15)

The MWCA Board of Directors voted last night (Tuesday, July 9) to join the Kingcrest and Highland Oaks neighborhoods in opposing a proposal to rezone a tract near the intersection of Kingcrest Parkway and Staring Lane to allow the construction of a “zero lot line” development.

The proposal is identified as Case 27-19 on the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission’s Monday, July 15 agenda.  Because the item was deferred from the June P&Z meeting, the Commission will also vote at the same meeting on a proposed development plan for the tract (assuming the rezoning request is approved.)

The proposed development plan provides for the construction of 35 homes at an average density of 5.7 units per acre and is listed as Case S 7-19 on the P&Z agenda.  It is rare that zoning decisions and development plans are considered at the same meeting.  If the rezoning proposal is approved, it will come up for final consideration just two days later, when the Metro Council meets Wednesday (July 17).

Surrounding neighborhoods contend the existing drainage infrastructure is inadequate, and their properties flood during during even routine rains.  City drainage officials and Metro Councilwoman Barbara Freiberg reportedly have acknowledged to neighbors that the drainage issues are the City’s responsibility to correct.

Magnolia Woods residents who wish to oppose the proposed development can do so by taking any or all of the following steps:

  1. Call and/or email the P&Z members before Monday’s meeting at (phone 225-389-3144);
  2. Call and/or email District 12 Council Member Barbara Freiberg at (phone 225-389-4697); and/or
  3. Attend the July 15 P&Z meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. at 222 St. Louis Street (third floor).

Messages should specifically cite Case 27-19 (rezoning) and Case S-7-19 (development plan).

To view the rezoning proposal and development plan, go to the Planning and Zoning Commission Agenda Center on the BRLA.gove website.

The Kingcrest and Highland Oaks neighbors offer the following advice for calling or writing.

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