Valero zoning on Jacob Drive
St Bernard Parish Government reviews its land use plan for Major Changes every five years. However, anyone can submit a Minor change proposal in January of any year. The February meeting to decide whether or not to adopt such Minor amendments was cancelled due to weather. It is unclear if Valero's proposal to expand into our neighborhood was classified as a Minor amendment or not. That vote on the amendment seems to be re-scheduled for March 22 2016.
Even without the Amendment to Commercial Land Use, Valero can apply for a Zoning change from Residential to Commercial. A reasonable constituency would expect such an application to be denied on all accounts as not being consistent with the land use plan---- but then again, maybe local officials have an understanding with Valero that has yet to be revealed to the residents.
Even though Valero repeated assured residents there were no plans for the neighborhood properties, other than the existing empty lots which serve as the intended greenspace, and despite multiple public records requests of local government for any agreement with St Bernard Parish Government and Valero Energy for development of the greenspace, including use of Road Home LLT lots, it seems Valero expects the residents to “accommodate adjacent Valero refining expansion.”