Water Planning Discussion emails of Interest – Caddo Parish

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From: James Couvillion
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:40 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Fwd: Request for info

Caddo as we know needs a groundwater conversion plan to address isolated areas in the Parish that are being developed without requiring Parish specification on roads  and those areas as well without sufficient groundwater.  We need to address the issues of approving private residencial developments outside the city and inside the city. Water shortages and private streets and homeowers being responsible for replacement will spell trouble in our future. The difference in cost upfront to the buyers should become known and the future liabilities for unexpected cost needs to be clear. At a recent Parish Commission meeting a homeowner in Keithville expects the parish to overlay a private street just because she pays $3000 in property taxes.  That will not go beyond a few feet of the cost.  This person bought into this development years ago even before MPC was within the 5 mile authority areas.  Referred to as “Sugar Hill” developed in the late 1950’s. It has an out of date open sewer pond and unpaved inter-connecting streets. I suggest we all make this Dec. 7 meeting known to the public.

Please take the time to read Stephen Jean’s reply below:

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From: Stephen Jean <Stephen.Jean@shreveportla.gov
Date: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Subject: Re: Request for info
To: James Couvillion <jcouvillion1234@gmail.com
Cc: Charles Kirkland <Charles.Kirkland@shreveportla.gov

Mr.  Couvillion,
Lake Shreve Estates (Case Number SP-4-07) was approved by the MPC in December of 2007.  The preliminary plat was approved in February of the same year.  The zoning for this development was approved in 2000. As you may be aware, at the date of this approval no definitive regulations existed regarding limiting the use of ground water for residential developments (as is the case now).  The community ground water system was approved by the Louisiana Department of Health and is currently regulated by that agency.  The streets for this development are private and were not required to comply with city or parish public street specifications.

The recent drought conditions has heightened the awareness of the general public, and governing bodies to the issue of ground water availability and quality.  The MPC is no exception.  The MPC has invited Gary Hanson to attend their next meeting in an effort to be better informed about the current status of the aquifer.  This information as well as other information that may become available in the future will assist the MPC in making informed decisions regarding future development.  It is possible, that specific policies, regulations or ordinances may result from further study and deliberation regarding this issue.  If ordinances are to be considered, the appropriate public hearings will be held ensure that a public participation in the process. We encourage you to present any recommendation that you may have concerning this issue to the MPC for their consideration.

Thanks for your inquiry.  If you need further information please let us know.

Stephen Jean
Senior Planner
Shreveport-Caddo MPC
505 Travis Street
Suite 440
stephen.jean@shreveportla.gov
318-673-6467 voice mail
318-673-6480 phone
318-673-6475 Fax

James Couvillion <jcouvillion1234@gmail.com 11/10/2011 10:59 AM
Stephen,

the second email had the name Shreve Lake Estates.

Jimmy

On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM, Stephen Jean <
Stephen.Jean@shreveportla.gov wrote:

Jimmy,
Mr. Kirkland asked for me to respond to your e-mail.  I am assuming you are referring to the Mayo Road area.  I will need more definitive information in order to determine what specific development that you may be referring to in your request.

Mr. Kirkland also wanted me to be sure to let you know that Gary Hanson will be addressing our board in December concerning the ground water issue.

Please contact me at your earliest convenience and I will do my best to assist you.

Stephen Jean
Senior Planner
Shreveport-Caddo MPC
505 Travis Street
Suite 440
stephen.jean@shreveportla.gov
318-673-6467 voice mail
318-673-6480 phone
318-673-6475 Fax

  James Couvillion <jcouvillion1234@gmail.com 11/10/2011 9:33 AM
Charles,

Before the water management plan review last night Gary Hanson with LSUS discussed with me a subdivision off or near Jade Circle.  This developer I understand has an approved plat from MPC.  The subdivision has no water connections planned to the city and the groundwater is in short supply. It is planned so each lot will have to drill a water well.

We need to place groundwater availability as part of our critia for approving any development outside the city water supply. Gary said to me after the Ellerbe Road Meeting held on water, that the area was well know to geologist as being in an area of low yield or a poor producer of water, because it is the very bottom sand of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.

Can you help by determining the MPC file name for this development, so I can learn exactly what the MPC approved.

Can we ask the developer to address the water issues, because its actually
in his financial interest to do so, and the city needs to determine
available water supply in all such areas whereby groundwater is in short
supply.

I wish you would consider requesting a geographic map of areas within the
authority of the MPC that have recognized groundwater issues.

Jimmy Couvillion
754 7509

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