The City of St. Gabriel, La., became the most recent municipality along the river to enact a moratorium relating to mobile homes and RV parks.
PostSouth.com reported that at its last regular council meeting on Dec.18, 2013, the City Council adopted an ordinance enacting a 180-day moratorium on the issuing of permits for recreational vehicles, motor homes and camp grounds.
The council adopted the ordinance after seeing a spike in the interest and issuance of permits designated for recreational vehicles and mobile homes.
“We’ve been approached by several investors and property owners about available property and establishing RV/mobile home parks,” Mayor Lionel Johnson said. “We currently don’t have a solid plan in place for the ‘boom’ everyone is preparing for and so enacting this ordinance will allow time to assess and control growth as well as evaluate the impact it will have on the City and its residents.”
The “boom” Johnson refers to is the economic and industrial growth along the 70-mile corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. State officials recently estimated about $75 billion in industrial projects along the corridor will be mostly spurred by the supply of cheap natural gas.