Port Marigny Developer: Mandeville Council Needs To Follow The Law

MANDEVILLE, LA – The developers of a proposed mixed-use development in Mandeville say the City Council should recognize the value of the Port Marigny project and acknowledge that the proposal complies with existing law.

         When the Council meets next Thursday it will once again take up discussion on the Port Marigny project, a Planned District (PD) proposed for the Pre-Stress Concrete site, which has been fallow for decades. Last year, after many public charrettes and consultations with City officials, Pittman Assets submitted a proposal to the Mandeville Planning Department. After multiple public meetings, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the plan for 416 housing units, commercial property, green space and a marina to be placed on the 78-acre site.

         "The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved our plans months ago, after many public hearings," said Dr. Mike Pittman, co-owner of Pittman Assets, which owns the site. "We worked very hard to comply with the City's Comprehensive Land Use Regulations Ordinance (CLURO), first adopted more than 20 years ago, and the City's Master Plan, adopted in 2007, which calls for the site to be developed in a New Urbanism style. We didn't even have to request a single variance from the Commission."

         Because the project is a planned district, it must be approved by the Council.

         "We understand that some residents are against this project because they're concerned about the impact on local traffic," Pittman said. "We've had traffic engineers study it and have proposed very simple solutions that can be implemented before we lay the first brick. We want those traffic issues resolved, too, to increase the value and attractiveness of Port Marigny for businesses, homebuyers and residents. Some residents are concerned about the environmental issues on the site, so we have an Environmental Study in development, as well. Port Marigny will be a great asset for Mandeville. We're working hard to make sure of it, and we're already compliant with every City law."

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