Jury approves Palmetto zoning changes
A computer eye view of one portion of the proposed Palmetto WK development.
Zoning changes on a
parcel of land in Benton totaling just under 155 acres to pave the way for a future
development by Willis Knight on Health Systems was approved Wednesday by the
Bossier Parish Police Jury.
Just over 74 acres was
changed from R-A (residence-agriculture district) to R-1 (one family residence
district) while an 80-acre tract was rezoned from R-A to B-3 (community and
central business district) for the proposed WK Palmetto development.
All the acreage rezoned
Wednesday was the former home of Palmetto Country Club. The owner of the
60-year-old club in Benton ceased operations of the golf course in 2014 citing
higher operating expenses and declining membership. WK purchased the property
Sonny Moss, vice
president of WK Health Systems, said the development is still in planning
stages but initial plans call for a fitness center, a quick care assisted
living center and a skill care (nursing home) facility.
“We view this as a
long-term project that will have several moving parts,” Moss told jury members.
“In the future, in order to handle the healthcare needs of Bossier Parish and
north Bossier we are going to need to expand our services.”
Moss said the WK
philosophy has always been “...to try to bring health care to the community
rather than the community coming to us. Growth in north Bossier Parish and
Benton makes this demographically one of the best areas in Louisiana.”
Future plans call for
the development to include a primary care hospital to serve the basic health
care needs of the area, he said.
“We feel like the area
will need a facility of that nature,” Moss said.
Enough land is also available
for development of independent living situations very similar to those found at
The Oaks of Louisiana, a community designed for individuals and couples age 55
and older, Moss said.
design and layout and planning stage is pretty much a clone of that facility as
far as esthetics,” he pointed out. “We want something that adds to the
community...to the value of the community and doesn’t detract.”
In other business during
Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:
· Approved a plat for the
proposed development of St. Charles Court Village subdivision, unit 8.
· Approved a change order
for drainage improvements at Forest Hills subdivision.
· Agreed to uphold and
ratify findings in two cases brought by the jury’s Commercial Vehicle
Enforcement Unit board of appeals.
· Accepted the resignation
of Emily McMillian from the Bossier Parish Fire District 7 board of
commissioners and postponed naming a replacement.
· Approved the application
for a 2017 beer/liquor license at Swamp Daddy’s in Haughton.
· Declared adjudicated
property in Bossier City as surplus, then approved donation of the property to
Bossier City for redevelopment of the downtown area.
· Approved a proposal for
performance of subsurface exploration of River Bluff subdivision.
· Approved an agreement
for clearing and grubbing, fencing and other related work for the Bossier
north-south corridor, Swan Lake Rd.
· Approved a plan change
for aggregate road improvements and approved a certificate of substantial
completion for the improvements.
· Agreed to proceed to a
condemnation hearing on a substandard parcel of property.
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