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Our Vision for Our Neighborhoods Presented to St Bernard Parish

Our Vision for Our Neighborhoods Presented to St Bernard Parish

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St Bernard Parish Housing, Redevelopment, Quality of Life Commission, Louisiana Land Trust
St Bernard Parish Housing, Redevelopment, Quality of Life Commission, Louisiana Land Trust

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This vision was adopted by our homeowners association which has over 45 members. Itwas presented to the council in an EFC meeting before the landswap trade of the JacobDrive Firestation. It is supported by the petition TO OPPOSE ANY ZONINGCHANGES in and around our neighborhoods around Murphy Oil Meraux Refinery, to preserve our neighborhoods, our residential streets and our greenspace and is supported by the Parish Master Landuse Plan recommended by the CRC and adopted by thecouncil.
OUR VISIONA long range plan of our neighborhood’s revitalization—Whatwe envision for our grandchildren and future generations andthe keystone commitments of this council’s decisions topreserve our heritage, our natural resources and ourresidential neighborhoods for tomorrow.
 
In District C, we are the subdivisions nestled between ourcommunity's only high school,Val Reiss Park and the heavyindustrialized refinery.
 
We need a balance.We don’t have the luxury of previous land-use planning. Whatwe have is an opportunity to create a balance and to preservethat balance.
 
The Ohio Street area is within a school zone, yet our childrenhave no sidewalks on these four streets (Jacob, Despaux,Ventura, and Lena). Furthermore, these are the very fourstreets some propose to add more industrial use and industrialtraffic. That would not be the proper balance. For the roughly 80 homesites on these four streets, weenvision a domiciled next-door-neighbor purchase program toincrease lot sizes giving us the opportunity of re-establishingour neighborhood feel. For those properties
not 
offered forresidential redevelopment, we would like them dedicated forneighborhood community greenspace, so the children have aplace to play other than the in street. For other lots
not 
offered for residential redevelopment, we would like aconservation easement entered on the land title to provide thecommitment to a greenspace buffer from this most-hazardous
 
processing side of the refinery.We also envision lots more trees. We need more trees for airpurification , soil detox and to provide a visual buffer as well asa noise buffer. Further, we need the installation of a noise-abatement wall. We also need Murphy Oil to comply with localperformance standards and environmental regulations.
 
Floral Estates, north of the 20 Arpent is progressing and weneed the same commitments for residential zoning. We alsoneed for these four residential streets to remain “open access,” with no zoning changes.
 
In this section of the oil spill, the land is cleared andremediated. We see an opportunity for a corporate andcommunity sponsored commemorative and historic parkway,with walking paths and bird areas, with an abundance of treesto further purify the air, ground water and soil. We envisionan added mature tree line as a visual buffer to the tank farmsand we propose a commemorative sign ....not defining us bythis oil spill disaster, but rather as a tribute to the spirit of thepeople of our parish and the ability of this industry, parishgovernment and our people to come together and implementreal solutions.
 
We have recently learned from our distinguished parishhistorian, Mr William Hyland, that this area is of nationalhistoric importance. Villere Plantation is associated with theactual British Invasion Route in the Battle of New Orleans. Notonly are there numerous historic trees similar to the PakenhamOaks at the EXXON/Mobil refinery, but there are remains of ahistoric brick structure from the plantation. Mr Hyland couldelaborate on the significance of this land and how the historictree line and structure could be placed on the National HistoricRegistry.The council and residents can work with the industrial propertyowner to pursue a community benefits agreement, whichshould include a commitment to our environment, ourheritage, our natural resources and our residential

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