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Shreveport MPC denies developers' application for land in possible LA 3132 extension corridor

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Attorney Whitney Pesnell presents the opposition's side to the Shreveport MPC Tuesday afternoon Attorney Whitney Pesnell presents the opposition's side to the Shreveport MPC Tuesday afternoon

After two and a half hours of presentations, questions and deliberation, the Shreveport Metropolitan Planning Commission decided Tuesday to deny an application some say could Tuesday a decision could affect the expansion of LA 3132 all the way to the Port of Caddo-Bossier.

The application in question was filed by Larkin Development @ Railsback LLC et al to subdivide land in its existing community. The developer of the Esplanade Community wants to break up the lots to sell in a new phase of the development. This section is south of Flournoy Road, sandwiched between Ellerbe Road and Bayou Pierre. It’s a stretch of land some say will be used for Highway 3132.

But if what Tom Arceneaux, attorney for the developers, said is correct it could have implications on the funding for 3132. Arceneaux said by denying the application, the Commission basically picks the route for the highway. Arceneaux said there is a chance the federal government could deny providing funds since a study has not been conducted to pick a specific a route, and the road project would essentially die.

Opposition claimed the MPC application was filed wrong and should be denied outright... As well as the developers' land was deliberately left out a preliminary study for where the road should go.

“Argument after argument continues to be made about the legal ramifications,” said Arceneaux. “We have won every single one of those in court, and yet still, they make the same arguments. People appear to accept them, when clearly they are not the law and not the basis of which this body can act.”

“We believe it was in the public interest in terms of preserving the corridor that is to be considered the extension of 3132,” said Bill Pesnell, attorney for the opposition including Future of 3132 and Willis Knighton properties. “We think the commission's decision in that respect is warranted.”

Before the vote to deny the application, one commissioner stated she was not sure the Metropolitan Planning Commission was the right board to tell the public buying land in this community was a good investment.

The commission voted 5 to 2 to deny the application.

Arceneaux said the developers plan to appeal the commission's decision to the Shreveport City Council.

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