Raising concerns over projects planned for Baton Rouge flood zones

    Several projects proposed to be built in flood zones are raising concerns from residents ahead of tonight’s Planning Commission meeting.

    Councilwoman Barbara Freiberg says she’s been getting calls from many residents who are worried about the proposed projects—most of which are located toward the lower end of Burbank Drive, which flooded in 2016.

    The Baton Rouge Group of the Sierra Club, a grassroots organization that aims to champion “responsible development in East Baton Rouge Parish and surrounding areas,” issued a statement this afternoon saying the areas “would be underwater today had Tropical Storm Barry brought the amount of rain originally forecast.”

    Developments drawing concern from the group include:

    • A low density, single-family residential subdivision called Bellegrove Square, located south of Burbank Drive and east of Bluebonnet Boulevard;
    • Request to rezone Warbler Crossing property from “heavy commercial” to “single-family residential” for phase two of the Willows at Bayou Fountain, near the Burbank-Highland Road intersection; 
    • Phase four of Willows at Bayou Fountain; 
    • Request to rezone land along Airline Highway from “rural” to “light commercial” for a senior assisted living facility;
    • The latest revision to a concept plan for the Burbank University PUD, reflecting proposed additional vehicular access points.

    The commission is meeting tonight at 5 p.m. in City Hall, 222 St. Louis St. Check out the full agenda.

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