In order to promote business in Old Mandeville and unincorporated Mandeville in St. Tammany Parish, the St. Tammany Parish Council amended a zoning designation from 2009 which originally gave a block on both sides of Highway 59 the NC-4 (Neighborhood Institutional District) zoning.  This zoning allowed small commercial businesses to establish locations in these areas.  These types of businesses included dance and music studios, weight loss studios, learning centers, churches and day care centers.  While these types of businesses have popped up all around Highway 59, and business is booming, the problem began with new home buyers and home sellers trying to conduct “residential business” in this same area.  Highway 59 from Lake Pontchartrain to Abita Springs has always featured a mix of residential and commercial properties.  So, when the real estate market in St. Tammany Parish began to become active again, home buyers and sellers alike were stymied by their mortgage companies and banks who would not issue a loan on the land that was zoned NC-4.

The reason for the lack of lending was because of the zoning.  A bank would not lend money to a residential location in the NC-4

zoning because it had a commercial designation.  Because of this, the residential property in this area became essentially worthless.  The St. Tammany Parish Council amended this detrimental mistake in a quick and efficient vote on March 6, 2014, without any discussion.  They voted to approve the new language describing the NC-4 zoning to include residential properties in this zoning.  This would make it so that a zoning of NC-4 would include residential properties as well as commercial properties.  Normally a measure approved by the Council takes 15 days to become active, however, the Council waived the waiting period and made the measure immediately active.  Banks, lenders, buyers, and sellers will now be able to immediately push through any loans that were outstanding before the Council put it to a vote.

Even though the immediate cause for concern for the vote by the St. Tammany Parish Council was the area around Lafitte St. south of Florida Street on Hwy. 59 in Mandeville, Louisiana, apparently, the problem exists for the NC-4 zoning in many other parts of St. Tammany Parish as well.  This vote was crucial to freeing up the commerce of residential buying and selling all throughout St. Tammany Parish.  Hopefully with this vote, residential real estate will once more thrive in St. Tammany Parish.

 

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madisonville-museumMadisonville Historic Museum

When: Every Saturday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Saturday Dates in April, 2014

April 5, 2014
April 12, 2014
April 19, 2014
April 26, 2014

Where: 201 Cedar Street
Madisonville, Louisiana

What: Museum Hours Every Saturday and Sunday in Madisonville, Louisiana

Call 985-845-2100 for More Information.

mandeville-trailheadMandeville Trailhead Community Market

When: Every Saturday, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Saturday Dates in April, 2014

April 5, 2014
April 12, 2014
April 19, 2014
April 26, 2014

Where: 675 Lafitte Street
Mandeville, LA 70448

What: A Farmer’s Market and Craft Market held at the Mandeville Trailhead.

For More Information, call 985-845-4515 or E-mail mandevillemarket@gmail.com.

covington-trace-community-market-tammanyCovington Trace Community Market

When: Every Saturday, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Saturday Dates in April, 2014

April 5, 2014
April 12, 2014
April 19, 2014
April 26, 2014

Where: The Pocket Park
400 Block of East Gibson
Covington, Louisiana

What: A Farmer’s Market and Craft Market held at the Covington Trace Trailhead.

For More Information, call Sheryl Landry, 985-898-0686.

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Courtney Cole

Country Singer Courtney Cole to Perform Free Benefit
Concert at Mandeville Trailhead.

When: Sunday
March 16, 2014
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Mandeville Trailhead
675 Lafitte St
Mandeville, LA 70448

What: Click Here for More Information.

covington-farmers-marketThe Covington Farmer’s Market

When: Every Saturday, 8:00am – 12:00pm (noon)
Saturday Dates in April, 2014

April 5, 2014
April 12 , 2014
April 19, 2014
April 26, 2014

Where: Downtown Covington
600 Block of N. Columbia St.
Covington, Louisiana 70433

What: Click Here for More Information.

covington-farmers-marketThe Covington Farmer’s Market

When: Every Wednesday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Wednesday Dates in April, 2014

April 2, 2014
April 9, 2014
April 16, 2014
April 23 2014
April 30, 2014

Where: The Covington Trailhead
419 N. New Hampshire
Covington, Louisiana 70433

What: Click Here for More Information.

SMC LogoSt. Tammany Parish Home Builders Association’s
Sales & Marketing Council’s (SMC)
Monthly Membership Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
9:00am – 10:00am

Where: Iberia Bank Board Room
850 N. Causeway
Mandeville, LA 70471

What: Sales & Marketing Meeting

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St. Tammany Parish Home Builders Association
General Membership Luncheon

When: Tuesday
May 13, 2014
11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Where: Benedict’s Plantation
1144 N Causeway Blvd.
Mandeville, LA 70471

What: Click Here for More Information.

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Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) Legislative Issues Conference
Co-Hosted with East St. Tammany Chamber

Sponsored By: Airey Blanchard Law Office
& All American Title Agency

Where: Pinewood Country Club
405 Country Club Blvd,
Slidell, LA 70458

When: Thursday, March 6, 2014
11:30AM – 1:30PM

Fees/Admission

Members, $29
Non-members, $35

Click Here for More Information or Call 985-273-3008.