Monday, September 30, 2013

LLT builder bundles

LLT Builder Bundles to distribute property for construction of new homes.

St Bernard Parish LLT Builder Bundles

Zone 7 Val Reis (Valero) and Zone 8 - Val Reis (Valero).

These 26 properties listed in Zone 7 and Zone 8 are located in the Murphy Oil spill area that was inundated by crude oil in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

 above photos footprint of oil spill.

Some but not all properties were to be used to create a green belt around the industrial plant.  


Some of the homeowners sold to the Road Home Program and thus became LLT properties.  Now LLT offers 26 of these properties in two separate builder's bundles, Zone 7 and Zone 8. The bundles are available for purchase at fair market value. LLT is soliciting proposals from builders who will agree to construct new homes on the lots.  When properties are transferred the documents should continue to note the Murphy Oil Spill area.



Soil sample information is available on LDEQ website under AI#157715.  There are over 69,000 files in this AI folder and it is not searchable by address.  Here are a few links to some of the files.



3912 Ventura soil sample Letter of 1st results

3513 Ventura soil sample Phase II unable to locate file at this time







3817Despaux unable to locate file at this time

Sunday, September 29, 2013

further sulfur reductions now

In a recent application Valero used old (undated) modeling results for 24 hour sulfur dioxide concentrations but did not provide modeling for the one-hour SO2 health standard, which St. Bernard air quality is in violations of.  The 24 hour sulfur dioxide concentrations were listed as 321 ug/m3 SO2.  The AAS and NAAQS is 365 ug/m3 SO2.. very close to the 321 ug/m3.  LDEQ did not require Valero to model ANY emissions.

The people of St Bernard Parish deserve better.  When was the last time Valero did modeling for its Meraux refinery? Has modeling been done for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide NAAQS at Valero? What are the results?

The modeling results information for PAH shows Valero is very close to violating the Annual AAS and NAAQS for PAH of 0.06 ug/m3; the result is 0.04 ug/m3.  How is that protective of human health? PAH have been identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic.
Valero’s draft permit states after the Flare Gas Recovery System is completed the flare sulfur dioxide emission limits will change from the currently permitted level of just under 700 tons per year.  At that unknown time in the future, Valero proposes an updated annual sulfur dioxide emission cap of 182.5 tons per year SO2. Why not put in writing now a requirement to complete this FGRS much sooner?  Complete the FGRS before investing in other projects and expansions? That would be the best protection for our citizens and our community.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

where not to put a park


where not to put a park

by sbcitizens, 09/17/13 6:46 PM

don't put a park in the oil spill area; its too close to the tank farm and contaminated air; that's why the air monitor is in that area, its bad air.

don't put a park next to the solid waste ditch and ponds; there is a required exclusion zone for solid waste areas up to 250 feet or 500 feet and that part of the oil spill property is where nothing is supposed to be.

don't put a park where special interests groups are forcing the park on others.

don't put a park where the streets are going to be removed or where the street lights are not maintained.

put a new park where kids and old people and family and neighbors will be safe and protected, where people live close enough to just walk to the park and not have to drive. put a new park where the people who live in that area want one.

can we even afford another park? don't think we would even be talking about another park until all the previous neighborhood and recreational parks are renovated. so, why are parish employees advocating for a park in the oil spill green belt? are they advocating for the oil company? if you receive a survey for where the next park ought to go, think about what that park is supposed to be and why certain parties would push to spend limited resources on something we don't need, don't want, and would be liable for anyway.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

buffer zones and land use

Report to the Planning Commission from Office of Community Development
Spot zoning is defined as the singling out of a small parcel of land for a classification that differs from that of the surrounding area. Palermo Land Co. v. Planning Com'n 561 So. 2d 482 (La. 1990)
It is considered illegal.
TUESDAY September 24 2013 at 4pm in Council Chambers

""Over the past year the Parish Planning Commission and Council, with the support of the administration, have made changes to the Parish's zoning ordinance. The changes are designed to maintain and protect the residential features of our beloved neighborhoods.""  SBPG website

The recent draft land use plan for St Bernard Parish proposes to maintain the existing empty lots as green space or a green belt around the nearby refinery.  Land previously purchased by the oil company to create this green zone was later sold at a fraction of the cost.  One of the residential-zoned R1 lots sold for $4,000 and is adjacent to a vacant corner lot on East Judge Perez Drive, which is currently zoned Neighborhood Commercial (C1) for the convenience of the neighborhood.  Previously, a drug store was located at this corner and a family home on the R1 lot.  Both lots now sit vacant.

This corridor of East Judge Perez currently allows for C1 Neighborhood Commercial zoning for up to 250 feet from the major thoroughfare and has worked well for many successful Neighborhood Commercial businesses.  These businesses support the family oriented, pedestrian friendly neighborhood and are supported by the local residents. These two vacant lots should not be re-zoned; they should remain C1 Neighborhood Commercial to support the existing businesses and to preserve the integrity of the neighborhood.

There is a Planning Commission public hearing next week for a proposed zoning change for the two lots; to change both lots from R1 and C1, respectively, to C2 General Commercial. The reason for the zoning change in the application is for use as a mini warehouse or a mini storage facility.  That type of use does not belong in this corridor.

 C2 General Commercial can bring lots of different uses with a variety of traffic and other nuisances.

The online Municode Library for St Bernard Parish Chapter 22 Zoning in September 2013 lists several allowable land uses in C1 and C2 zoning. Some of those uses are copied here. In the online listing, mini storage or mini warehouses are allowed in C1, so there would be no need to change the zoning on the corner lot.  Mini warehouses are also allowed in C2 along with automotive sales and car care, as well as truck stops, multi-family dwellings, wholesale establishments and public garages.  Wholesale distribution is not allowed in C2.

The site plan brings lots of added traffic to a narrow residential street with little room for truck turnaround or even dumpster service. No amount of landscaping nor building facades will mitigate an added commercial traffic pattern. There is no traffic study and no further indication of what type of items would be stored or what type of transient hours of operation.

The current plan to develop the major thoroughfare, Judge Perez, as neighborhood commercial should be upheld.  There is no reason to change the area to C2 General Commercial.  There are ample commercial and industrial properties in St Bernard Parish that would accommodate mini warehouses and the associated commercial traffic.

The Planning Commissioners and Parish Council should keep to the code and not make this spot zoning change.

The office of community development analysis of the application deemed the location inappropriate for this zoning change.  However, the planning commissioners recommended approval.
Spot zoning is defined as the singling out of a small parcel of land for a classification that differs from that of the surrounding area. Palermo Land Co. v. Planning Com'n 561 So. 2d 482 (La. 1990)

Friday, September 13, 2013

water advisory

Louisiana: CDC confirms Naegleria in St. Bernard Parish water system, advisory issued

parasitic meningitis death of a child in St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana, testing of the water system by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed the presence of the rare ameba, Naegleria fowleri, in four locations of the St. Bernard Parish water system, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced Thursday.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

take action for our future

How can wanting clean air, clean water, safe neighborhoods, and a healthy and productive Parish be a special interest, or be at odds with the interest of the State? 

If the air quality in St Bernard continues to decline ... then that's going to affect recreation, tourism, and even fisheries; it's going to affect our economic development.

Through public participation, we're not doing anything other than a mere attempt to make sure the laws that Congress and our state legislatures passed are actually enforced.  Its about public participation and existing regulations; its not about new policies or special interests; its about our health and our future.

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