Controversial carwash construction permit up for vote

Planning & Zoning Commission set to vote on West Causeway Approach carwash permit

MANDEVILLE – An incendiary special use permit application before the Planning & Zoning Commission to build a carwash on West Causeway Approach is up for a vote tonight (July 13, 2021).

The proposal, debated at a standing-room-only meeting in June, calls for the construction of a 4,320-square-foot building on a 200-by-400-foot property on the east side of West Causeway Approach, which abuts Fontainebleau Subdivision. The properties to the north and south both have office buildings on them. Skipper Drive is directly across from the site.

More than 70 locals packed the Paul Spitzfaden Community Center to voice their concerns over the proposal at the June 22nd work session.

The property was annexed into the City of Mandeville in 2003 and zoned as Planned Combined Use (PCUD). The proposed use in this application is permitted with the approval of a zoning permit, or “Special Use Permit.”

According to information released by the Planning and Development Department, a zoning permit was approved in 2014 for the previous property owner, who also proposed a carwash facility, but that approval was contingent on special conditions, including restricting hours of operation, noise, and signage among other things.


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Rhonda Alleman, President of the Fontainebleau Homeowners Association, and a procession of other residents who live or work near the proposed site made impassioned pleas before the commission, asking them to deny the request, set for a vote at the next meeting.

The Planning & Zoning Commission will vote on the matter at its July 13th meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Paul Spitzfaden Community Center in Mandeville.

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Rhonda Alleman, President of the Fontainebleau Homeowners Association, speaks against the proposal to build a carwash on West Causeway Approach. (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)
Rhonda Alleman, President of the Fontainebleau Homeowners Association, speaks against the proposal to build a carwash on West Causeway Approach. (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)
Site of proposed carwash on West Causeway Approach. (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)
Site of proposed carwash on West Causeway Approach. (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)
Closeup of proposed carwash site on West Causeway Approach. (Overlay is approximate.) (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)
Closeup of proposed carwash site on West Causeway Approach. (Overlay is approximate.) (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)
Closeup of proposed carwash site on West Causeway Approach. (Overlay is approximate.) (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)
Closeup of proposed carwash site on West Causeway Approach. (Overlay is approximate.) (Mandeville Daily/William Kropog)

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