Residents of the upscale Santa Maria neighborhood are pushing back against Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin’ owner Sam Haynes’ request to rezone a plot of wooded land adjacent to the theme park for future development.
Kitty Ingram, a Santa Maria resident who has helped organize opposition from the neighborhood, says several hundred people have already signed a petition that will be delivered to the Planning Commission for Monday’s meeting, at which the request will be considered.
Haynes is asking the commission to rezone a triangular plot of land next to the waterpark along Old Perkins Road as heavy commercial, a designation that would allow him leeway to build a host of different projects. He bought the land from the Kleinpeter family in June and his application for rezoning says he needs more parking but has run out of land. The plot of land is north of the Santa Maria neighborhood.
Cathy Richard, another resident who has gathered signatures for the petition, says Haynes will not answer phone calls or tell anyone what he plans to build, if anything, in addition to a parking lot. She fears his plan would drive property values down.