UPDATE: Council kills potential ‘spot-zoning’ exception for multi-family rental in Old Mandeville

MANDEVILLE — The City Council voted down a proposed zoning amendment 5-0 last night (July 8, 2021), which would have allowed a Livingston Street fourplex to be re-zoned to R3 Multi-Family. It is currently zoned as R1 Residential.

The procedure maneuver called for the council to give a yes or no vote to move the item forward to be introduced as an ordinance at the next meeting. Instead the council opted to kill it. It had not received a “favorable” recommendation from the Planning & Zoning Commission.

The property had been granted a legally “non-conforming” exception years ago when the zoning in the area was changed. This status was lost, however, when the previous owners turned off the utilities for six months or more, which means in order for the new owner to operate the home as a multiple family rental, it would have to be re-zoned to R3 Multi-Family by the City Council. This is also referred to as “spot zoning.”

The parcel lies just to the west of Woodlake Elementary School in Old Mandeville.

This issue was at the center of a procedural snafu at the June 22nd Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, where a poorly worded motion caused a vote to be mis-tallied before the matter was finally set straight. The commission ultimately voted not to return a favorable recommendation to the council.

1701-1707 Livingston Street, looking north. (Mandeville Daily/Apple Maps)
1701-1707 Livingston Street, looking north. (Mandeville Daily/Apple Maps)

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