For the third time since private residences built on the river side of levees in Bossier Parish were flooded, the Bossier Parish Police Jury has agreed to extend a moratorium on issuing building permits for any development inside levees.
By a unanimous vote, police jury members extended the moratorium for an additional 90 days while officials determine how to identify and enforce a base flood elevation.
Parish Engineer Butch Ford said the flooding in June of this year had previously been called a 100-year event, but now other agencies are calling the floods a 75 to 80-year event.
“The National Weather Service is saying it’s an 80-year event; the Corps of Engineers say it’s either a 75- or 80-year event. Right now, no one is making a decision,” Ford said.
Ford said he was asking for an additional 90 days “…until we can agree on the technical ramifications of high water, whether it’s one foot or three feet…” required for homeowners to build above the base flood elevation.
“We all, Caddo, Bossier, Shreveport and Bossier City, want to use the same information,” he added. “We should have what we need after the first of the year so people can put their property back into commerce.”
Police Jury members also approved new ordinances dealing with streetlights and roads in parish subdivisions.
Under one new ordinance, all residential subdivisions with lots less than one acre and lot widths less than 110 feet shall have streetlights that shall be spaced a minimum of 200 feet and a maximum of 300 feet apart. Developers will be responsible for paying costs associated with installing the streetlights and the subdivision homeowners association shall be responsible for paying utility usage fees and maintenance costs.
Subdivisions with lots more than one acre and lot widths more than 110 feet shall have streetlights spaced a minimum of 300 feet and maximum of 400 feet apart. Developers will be responsible for installation costs and the homeowners association will pay utility usage fees and maintenance costs.
Ordinances amending street construction requirements adopted by the jury Wednesday will not allow inverted roads within a subdivision and will require sidewalks on each side of all streets within a subdivision. Sidewalk areas shall be at least six feet in width and the sidewalk shall be four feet in width. Sidewalks must be provided on each side of all streets avenues and boulevards.