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MPC considering program to help identify problem rentals, absentee landlords and owners

Not overtly noted on today’s agenda is Shreveport’s request for a moratorium on liquor stores
The Shreveport-Caddo MPC is considering taking steps to establish a rental dwelling unit...
The Shreveport-Caddo MPC is considering taking steps to establish a rental dwelling unit registration program. The program’s goal would be to help identify problem rental properties and absentee landlords and property owners. (Source: Gray TV file photo)(Source: WAFF)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 3:02 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2021 at 10:22 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The Shreveport-Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission is considering taking steps to establish a rental dwelling unit registration program.

On the agenda of commissioners’ meeting Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 3 were amendments to Shreveport’s Unified Development Code, which was implemented in May 2017. The rental dwelling unit registration program’s goal would be to help identify problem properties and absentee landlords and property owners.

Also among the cases up for review Wednesday was a developer’s request for final plat approval for St. Andrews Subdivision Unit 3, a 26,299-acre tract to be divided into 19 lots for single-family homes.

Not overtly noted on the agenda was Shreveport City Council’s request for a six-month moratorium on issuing occupational licenses and certificates of occupancy for new liquor stores and other retail outlets that sell liquor.

The six-month period was amended from the original proposal that called for a yearlong moratorium.

The moratorium would not impact businesses that have been approved for but have not yet been issued their occupational license or certificate of occupancy.

MPC Executive Director Alan Clarke said the commission became concerned with how the location of liquor stores is determined and agreed with the City Council on looking into a study.

“They have always wanted much more depth and information given to them about where liquor stores should be located,” Clarke said. “I think this process finally gives an opportunity for the board and the council to be able to say we based this decision on process and concrete information.

“We have a council chamber full of people saying they don’t want any more liquor stores in a location, and sometimes that influences the commission and the City Council.”

If the MPC decides to approve the moratorium, it would go into effect immediately.

Clarke said commissioners will be voting on the matter during their meeting next month.

Below is the full agenda for the Nov. 3, 2021, Shreveport-Caddo MPC meeting:

Here are the proposed amendments to Shreveport’s Unified Development Code that would help establish a rental dwelling unit registration program:

Below is the final plat proposal for St. Andrews Subdivision Unit 3:

Final plat proposal for St. Andrews Subdivision Unit 3

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