Plans underway to build heliport near Luling schools
MYU Helicopters, currently located off River Road in Luling, is asking for a portion of Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway to be rezoned for the proposed construction of a new heliport that would allow the operation of service helicopters.
The current heliport serves offshore oil operations and ferries workers back and forth from the Gulf Coast. Given the proximity of the envisioned heliport’s new site to R.K. Smith Middle School and the Satellite Center, the St. Charles Parish School Board has begun looking into the rezoning.
“We felt we had an obligation to the community as well as the board to get information so that we were informed and knowledgeable about this,” St. Charles Parish Superintendent Felecia Gomez-Walker said.
Gomez-Walker said the information about the rezoning was relayed to the school system by Patrick O’Malley, the school’s administrator of ancillary services, who also serves on the St. Charles Parish Planning and Zoning Committee.
School Board member John Smith said St. Charles Parish Public Schools has an opportunity to oppose the rezoning.
“As part of the planning and zoning process, any neighbors near a property that is being considered for a zoning change or whatever have a right to inform the zoning board of any objections that they might have to that particular use for that particular property,” he said. “So the School Board is given the opportunity to present information relative to its concerns with regards to the use of the property.”
However, Smith said no stance has yet been taken by the school system on the rezoning of the area.
“We have not come to any conclusions on whether or not there are any objections,” he said.
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