Planning Commission considering developments

Commission to discuss Costco, residential developments


Advocate business writer

The city-parish Planning Commission will meet Tuesday to consider a number of local developments, among them the proposed Costco and various residential properties, offices and warehouses.

The 5 p.m. meeting is being held in the Metro Council chambers on the third floor of the governmental building downtown.

The meeting will also be the first for new commission member Steven Perret, who has replaced Audrey Nabors Jackson on the board.

Applicants can request that items be deferred up until the meeting. Among the developments on the agenda:

This phase of Lexington would be 118 low-density residential units on 16 acres and 156 medium-density residential units on 15 acres, with 13 acres of open space and 8 acres of driveways and parking.

The commission granted the second phase concept plan approval two years ago.

Lexington Estates is a 265-acre residential development by Greg Flores, and the first phase, which was built in 2006, consists of 145 homes.

The 13-acre condo development currently has 40 units in five buildings. The typical size will be one story and 1,250-1,532 square feet.

The site would have 204,000 square feet of office-warehouse on 19 acres, about two-thirds of the site, and 10 acres of open space.

The applicant is John Thompson and the property owner is listed as Airline Manchac LLC.

It received concept plan approval in August 2008.

In April 2009, the state awarded 65 percent loan guarantees on a $1.3 million loan to expand Broussard Paper, creating seven new jobs.