Community fights commercialization with incorporation
SATSUMA - A group in Livingston Parish wants to incorporate a small community because of too much commercial growth in the area.
"We don't want the area to grow. We want it to stay the way it's always been," Save Satsuma organizer H. L. Arledge said.
The incorporation effort will start collecting signatures Tuesday.
Save Satsuma needs to collect 256 registered voters' signatures to bring incorporation to a vote, according to Livingston Parish registrar's office.
Only 1023 registered voters live in the proposed area.
Arledge believes the area he lives in is getting overrun by commercial business, including an airport that will be built near Satsuma.
"There are people out there that are opening businesses hoping that planes flying over our house will make us sell so that can turn Satsuma into a commercial corridor," Arledge said.
"There's a lot of misconception that we are going to turn zone all of Satsuma commercial and there is going to be this big development," Livingston Parish Councilman Chance Parent said.
Parent represents the area. He said he supports what the residents decide. But, according to him, the parish's master plan keeps Satsuma residential, not commercial.
He also said the airport is a done deal and will not cause noise pollution.
"It's going to be private airplanes. So just like the Hammond airport. So, I don't feel it's going to be that big of a headache on the citizens. But I'm open to suggestions and whatever we can do," he said.