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Addis passes zoning ordinance

Written by Aaron Williams on . Posted in Local

The Addis Town Council passed an ordinance Wednesday, March 5, at the Addis Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Town Council, that would allow certain properties in the town limits to be zoned as minor subdivisions.

“Some people have family land… that people want to split up, but they don’t want to put in a subdivision,” said Addis Mayor David Toups, adding that subdivisions must have roads, water, sewer, etc., up to code. “With a minor subdivision, it’s going to allow the ones that have the family property (without the codes of a major subdivision)… now they have a zone where they can do that.”

Toups said that in a minor subdivision, property owners can place private roads on the property without the zoning constrictions of a “full-fledged subdivision.”

“It’s more restrictive than anything else,” Toups said. “If someone is to get that zoning, they’ve always got to come to the council, because there’s no property in the town that is zoned for minor subdivisions. You have to come approach the planning and zoning (commission) and the council.

In other news, Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson said, during the meeting, that he desired to look into an ordinance that would disallow certain types of dogs to be around parade routes in the town.

“That’s going to have to be up to the council to make that decision, but I just don’t want to see some child tore up by pitbull that’s on a leash. That’s my concern,” Anderson said Monday afternoon in a telephone interview, adding that the leash laws within the town limits may not be enough when it comes to family safety during parades. “My concern is not the leash law; my concern is a child walking by, stepping on the tail and that dog just biting out of anger. Because I’ve seen too many dogs, just gentle as a lamb, under the right conditions turn.”

Anderson said that in recent years, he has run into problems with animals the town deems as “dangerous animals,” which, according to Anderson is any dog in the pitbull family.

“Last year I had problems with a gentleman who had a pitbull on the parade route who refused to take it home,” Anderson said. “And the same situation happened in front of Chuck’s this past parade, and once again – as long as they’re on a leash, they’re abiding by the law.”

Anderson said, during the meeting, that there is currently no law on the Addis books that would disallow specific animals to be nearby during parades and other public gatherings, but he wanted to take time and look to see if it is an enforceable law.

“I don’t know if it’s anything that we can pass. I don’t know if any body’s ever done anything like that or even the legalities of it. I’m just trying to protect the kids out there,” Anderson said. “This is a family oriented parade, and I’m trying to keep it that way.”

West Baton Rouge Parish Council member Randal Mouch, who was on hand at the meeting, said that he thinks it’s a good idea for animals deemed “dangerous” to stay away from parade routes.

“If the safety of the town’s people is what’s in mind, I think it’s a good idea,” Mouch said.

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