Johnson sues City

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B&A Holdings LLC is seeking repeal of action Sept. 14 by the City Council that overturned a decision by the Planning and Zoning Commission regarding subdivision of property in the St. Clair Subdivision.

The City of Natchitoches Planning and Zoning Commission gave preliminary approval to the request of Braddox Johnson to subdivide 17.8 in the subdivision near Ledet and Katelynn drives and Culbertson Lane at its August meeting. The City Council overturned the decision after several people who live near the property complained of frequent and heavy flooding in the area.

The suit says that Johnson sought no variances from any minimum requirements for subdivision approval and the subdivision met all requirements for the platting of a subdivision under applicable law. The suit alleges that denial of the application was arbitrary and capricious and was based on political considerations; and the decision was an unreasonable exercise of police power because it was unrelated to health, safety and welfare of the public.

Johnson wants the court to order the City Council and City to approve the application. Johnson is represented by the firm of Blanchard, Walker, O=Quin & Roberts of Shreveport.

CORRECTION

In the story headlined “Johnson sues City” on the front page of the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 edition, where it says “exercise of police power” it should have stated “exercise of political power.” The suit alleges that denial of the application was arbitrary and capricious and was based on political considerations; and the decision was an unreasonable exercise of political power because it was unrelated to health, safety and welfare of the public.