Vote on rezoning request for proposed Crawford Electric delayed

A rezoning request to increase the commercial density for a 22-acre site on La. 44 was put off for six months by the Gonzales City Council on Monday night.

Nancy LeBlanc Bondy, representing the PriceCo company, a business of the Price LeBlanc family, made the request that the council take another look at a request for a zoning change from C-1 commercial to C-2 commercial for the site.

A developer’s earlier request for the rezoning, to clear the way for the construction of Crawford Electric supply company on the property, failed.

The Crawford company has since made plans to build in Ascension Parish, outside the city limits.

On Monday night, Councilman Kenny Matassa made a motion that the council reconsider Bondy’s rezoning request.

Before a vote was taken, Councilman Gary Lacombe made a substitute motion to delay any action for six months.

Lacombe’s motion passed, with council members Lacombe, Terance Irvin and Timothy Vessel voting for it, and council members Kenny Matassa and Kirk Boudreaux voting against it.

The divide has become a familiar one in the council, with Lacombe, Irvin and Vessel favoring maintaining C-1 retail zoning in the city.

Also Monday, the council unanimously approved the request of another electric company for a special use permit to build a new location on property already zoned C-2 on La. 44.

Summit Electric, which has been in business in Gonzales for 70 years, will be moving from its present location on Orice Roth Street to the new, larger location on La. 44, once it’s built.

The zoning of C-2, which includes both retail and wholesale, allows for special use permits for such facilities as warehouses.

“I am so happy that Summit’s (request) passed tonight,” said Mayor Barney Arceneaux after the meeting. “But it makes you scratch your head — an electric company on one side of 44 (was approved) but another electric company was denied.”