Tense Zoning Dispute at Lafayette City Parish Council Meeting

KADN Staff
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 4:38pm

At a city council meeting last night a tense exchange took place between Scott Hines, a local property owner, and the Lafayette City-Parish Council. A few months ago Hines was in negotiation with Dollar General to have a store built on his property, pending a re-zoning of the property for commercial use.

Through the strong efforts of Councilmen Brandon Shelvin, whose district the property is in, the Dollar General store was not built and the property remained residentially zoned. Now, under the recommendation of the Lafayette City-Parish Zoning Division, Hines is fighting to have his property re-zoned again for commercial use, but the city council will only do so under very specific terms.

Hines and his lawyer, James Bullen, are arguing that the city council cannot conditionally re-zone Hines property without recommendation from the Lafayette Parish City Parish Zoning Division, which has stated the property should be rezoned for non-conditional commercial use. As Lafayette continues to grow issues such as these will become more important for residents and potential businesses alike.   

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A Dollar General was built on Louisiana Ave in a Business/Neighborhood zobed area. This B/N zoning has NO allowance for this type of commercial business (Dollar General). If one buys property zoned for a certain use, who gives the zoning commission the power to change that?

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