6 Month Building Moratorium Proposed

The East Ascension drainage board on Monday recommended a six-month moratorium on new neighborhood construction four days after the parish president's veto of restrictive floodplain management rules survived an attempted override.

The Ascension Parish Council failed 7-3, with one abstention, in a contentious meeting Thursday to kill the veto from Parish President Kenny Matassa. 

The 11-member council needed eight votes, or a two-thirds supermajority, to kill Matassa's veto of proposed limits on the use of dirt to raise homes and businesses and to require new structures to be built 1 foot higher than currently, among other changes.

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