Baton Rouge developer sues Planning Commission over Heritage Oaks

    Developer Larry Jordan is suing the Planning Commission and the city-parish over Heritage Oaks, his proposed subdivision off Highland Road near Pecue Lane.

    In court documents filed last week, Jordan asks the court to force the Planning Commission to grant him approval for the 15.4-acre development, which will consist of 39 single-family lots, because it meets or exceeds all requirements of the parish zoning code and does not require a zoning waiver or change. The Planning Commission has deferred taking up the matter—which was recommended for approval in March by the Planning Commission staff—three times previously because nearby residents have concerns about increased traffic and density.

    Jordan’s original plans called for 46 home sites. In an effort to reach a compromise with opponents, however, he revised his plans to reduce the density to 39.

    In the suit, Jordan’s lawyers cite a state law that requires the Planning Commission to approve or deny a plat within 60 days of its submission, “otherwise the plat shall be deemed to have been approved. … Because more than 60 days has elapsed since Plaintiffs submitted the Revised Plat, the Revised Plat is deemed approved.”

    Planning Director Frank Duke is out of town today and was unavailable for comment. The Parish Attorney’s Office declines to comment.

    —Stephanie Riegel