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Land fight over, minister can build dream home

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Posted: Jan 23, 2014 11:01 PM by AE Stevenson
Updated: Jan 24, 2014 8:52 AM
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LIVINGSTON - A minister looking to build his dream home on a patch of land on the Maurepas Diversion Canal will get the opportunity to do so. He needed the Livingston Parish Council to weigh in.

Mark Martin spoke with WBRZ News 2 about how he purchased land, but was not able to build on it because it fell in a buffer zone, meaning no one can build on the land. He did not know about the zoning issue until he got a phone call, four years after he purchased the land.

Martin appealed to the planning commission, but members deadlocked in a vote to wave zoning issue, so they sent it to the full parish council.

Thursday night, Martin walked into council chambers ready to fight for his home and his future.

"This is our future, we put some of our retirement into this." Martin said.

Turns out the area the parish believed is a buffer zone was not in the plans, prompting the council to vote declaring the area not a buffer zone.

Next Martin says they are going to move foreword building their home.

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