The regular monthly time for the Bay St. Louis Planning & Zoning Commission meeting falls on Halloween this year, so the time has been changed to Monday night, October 30, 2017. Yet one agenda item - the application for a new beachfront subdivision - has spurred concerns about setting precedents and may swell attendance.
- story by Lisa Monti
This month’s Planning and Zoning meeting has been moved up a day, to Monday, because of Halloween. There’s one item on the agenda below that has already scared up some controversy.
It’s the application by Kenneth Blanchard’s South Beach BSL, LLC to develop two parcels that run from Beach Boulevard to Third Street.
The plan is to have a single family subdivision with around 67 lots and multi-family townhouses near Third Street with a park and pavilion. The maps above show the parcels.
The plan stirred developer Jim MacPhaille to write a letter to city officials and others stating his opposition to the project for various reasons. MacPhaille, of New Orleans, has been buying up properties in Bay St. Louis, including Century Hall, 200 North Beach, French Settlement, the Second Street School, as well as the old Brignac property (920 South Beach) next door to South Beach BSL’s planned development. He says he isn’t going to develop his property (920 South Beach Blvd. LLC) “because it is my home.”
Here's the item from the agenda. You can find the entire agenda onLisa Monti's Notebook. The meeting begins at 5:30pm and takes place at the Bay Saint Louis Conference Center, 598 Main St.
SOUTH BEACH BSL, LLC– application for Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance requesting a Planned Unit Development (PUD), Preliminary Subdivision Plat Approval and Special Subdivision to reconfigure the lots submitted by South Beach BSL, LLC, Mr. Kenneth Blanchard. The applicant is asking for approval of a map amendment for a Planned Unit Development project (PUD) on these parcels or tracts of land. The applicant has indicated on its site plan and preliminary subdivision plat application that the project will consist of 67+/- lots in a single family residential subdivision with two multi-family parcels near Third Street for townhomes along with a Park area, including a Pavilion. The uses and densities in the PUD conform to the permitted uses and densities in the underlying zoning districts. As provided in Section 402 of the Zoning Ordinance the Planning and Zoning Commission will consider some permissible minor variations from the subdivision and zoning regulations as to individual lot dimensions, area regulations, and related matters and may attach reasonable special conditions for the development of the project. In addition, under the Special Subdivision application, the applicant is seeking to change the configuration of two parcels of land into two new parcels, which have been identified as Parcels “A” and “B” on the site plan. The property is fronting on South Beach Blvd, on five acres; Parcel # 149N-0-30-233.000, 4th Ward, Bay St. Louis, 206-I and J 206 ½ and Parcel #149N-0-30-234.000, 4th Ward, Bay St. Louis, 206 ½ D and 209 K. The subject property is currently zoned R-1, Single Family Residential; R-2, Two Family Residential and R- 4, Beach Front Residential.