BUSINESS

City of St. Gabriel imposes moratorium on mobile homes

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

ST. GABRIEL - The City of St. Gabriel became the most recent municipality along the river to enact a moratorium relating to mobile homes and RV parks.

At its last regular council meeting on Dec.18, 2013, the City Council adopted an ordinance enacting a 180-day moratorium on the issuing of permits for recreational vehicles, motor homes and camp grounds. 

The council adopted the ordinance after seeing a spike in the interest and issuance of permits designated for recreational vehicles and mobile homes. 

“We’ve been approached by several investors and property owners about available property and establishing RV/mobile home parks,” Mayor Lionel Johnson said. “We currently don’t have a solid plan in place for the ‘boom’ everyone is preparing for and so enacting this ordinance will allow time to assess and control growth as well as evaluate the impact it will have on the City and its residents.”

The “boom” Johnson refers to is the economic and industrial growth along the 70-mile corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  State officials recently estimated about $75 billion in industrial projects along the corridor will be mostly spurred by the supply of cheap natural gas. 

St. Gabriel officials are awaiting a decision by the Russian based company Eurochem, which potentially will make a $1.6 billion investment in the community of Carville which sits within city limits. 

The City Council also adopted an ordinance enacting a 90-day moratorium on the issuing of permits for residential mobile homes.  “We currently have ordinances and regulations for residential mobile homes,” Johnson said. “But we don’t have any guidelines on enforcing those.  Essentially what we have is laws with ‘no bite.’ We are not trying to adversely affect our residents who have need for immediate housing. We will work with our residents during this period but with the understanding that we are looking to enforce the rules and regulations for mobile homes.”