South BC developer scraps subdivision plan, oil and gas company buys land

Published: Jul. 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Plans for a plot of land originally slated for a new subdivision in South Bossier City have been scratched, and while some neighbors are pleased to hear that, they aren't necessarily convinced that the replacement plan will be any better.

The 44-acre piece of land is situation at the dead end of Sunflower Road near Plantation Trace Estates. The land was to be the future location of the Victoria Place neighborhood, a residential subdivision of 145 single family homes.

People who live nearby put up a fight against that proposal, even holding a neighborhood meeting about it. Their main concerns were about traffic backup and drainage issues. However, those neighbors are now excited to find out those plans have been thrown out by the developer.

The Bossier City Council passed an ordinance Jan. 21 to "abandon the streets right-of-way and to abolish and abandon the Victoria Place Subdivision as originally recorded into the records of Bossier Parish."

"We were happy that, yes, it was going away," said Van Hutches, who has lived in the Plantation Trace subdivision for 25 years. "We wouldn't have had any problem with an additional bunch of neighbors, it was just the congestion that would form from it."

A spokesperson for developer The Lucky Company, did confirm the land was sold to an oil and gas company, but wouldn't confirm which one because the sale is pending litigation.

Neighbors have mixed feelings about the new plan.

"As far as servicing a gas well, there are one or two trucks a day going in and out and that wouldn't be a problem," said Hutches.

Al Noguera has lived in Plantation Trace for 20 years. He didn't like the old plan for the subdivision and doesn't like the new one either.

"Because I know there is going to be a lot of noise, there's going to be a big wall destroying my beautiful view," he said.

However, there is one thing both men can agree on about the situation: the land cleared for development purposes.

"To see all of those old pecan trees torn down and burned, it just hurts your feelings," said Hutches.

Noguera agreed.

"I'm not happy they destroyed the beautiful wildlife that was back there, they should have just left it alone," he said.

The Lucky Company could not say specifically how the new owners plan to use the land.

The city does have an ordinance in place that regulates drilling activity. It says wells cannot be located more than 500 feet from a residence, religious institution, commercial building, public building, hospital building, school or public park.

The city council adopted the ordinance back in 2009.

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