Morgan City building code upgrade proposed

MORGAN CITY, La. — The City of Morgan City is looking for public input regarding proposed changes to the city’s land and development code that will come before the planning and zoning commission on Tuesday, said Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte.

Currently, the land and development code does not contain building design standards for non-residential buildings, Matte said. “What we’re proposing is that for all non-residential and mixed-use building design, we have standards and that those standards include three-sided architecture,” Matte said.

Instead of allowing plain metal building construction, Matte and other city leaders are proposing builders be required to use brick, exterior finished wall materials, stone, cast stone and architectural masonry, to name a few of the potentially acceptable building materials, on at least three sides of the building, he said.

“What you’re trying to do is protect people’s investments (property). And Morgan City has had a reputation, I think, in the past, particularly in some business sectors, where anything goes,” he said. “We’re trying to get away from the anything goes to the point of making people appreciate (the aesthetic features of the property).”

The planning and zoning commission meeting will provide a chance for Morgan City residents to discuss the proposed zoning changes.

“We’re looking forward to getting the public’s feedback on that because it’s going to be a big change, and I don’t want the first time somebody hears about it to be when they apply for their building permit,” he said.

The planning and zoning commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the city court building in Morgan City.

The proposed zoning changes are not set in stone and could be changed with the public’s suggestions, Matte said.

“They (the public) could certainly influence it (ordinance by saying), well, this one’s too restrictive or could we go a little further here or could you clarify this point.”

The planning and zoning commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the city court building in Morgan City.

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