St. Charles Parish Council approves first major subdivision in 10 years

Described as St. Charles Parish’s first major subdivision proposed in nearly 10 years, the Parish Council on Monday cleared the way to start building houses in Ashton Oaks Subdivision in Luling.

Joel Chaisson II of Destrehan, owner of JCJR Enterprises and the parish’s district attorney, said it was very satisfying to be the developer who funded construction of the first major subdivision in this time, as well as helping start what will “hopefully will be smart and sustainable growth in St. Charles Parish.”

Confirming demand is returning for new residential development, Chaisson added he’s got purchase agreements from three builders for 59 of the 66 lots in the subdivision.

“I have people clamoring for these lots,” Chaisson told the council about why he invested more  than $1 million into the project. It was submitted to the parish’s Planning and Zoning Department in June of last year.

The final plat for the 13.5-acre development was submitted March 3 and approved Monday.

“Ashton Oaks provides an excellent opportunity for builders to construct more moderately priced homes in a brand new subdivision located adjacent to Ashton Plantation,” Chaisson said. “There is a large demand from first-time home buyers for these more affordable houses.”

Chaisson said builders are attracted to the project because “they know that there is a market for these types of homes.”The average lot size is 62 by 110 feet or 6,000 square feet.Homes are expected to sell for $170,000 to $200,000.

Murray Architects of Destrehan, the project designer, confirmed JCJR Enterprises’ payment of more than $100,000 to the parish in fees including recreation, street lighting and sewer connections.

When the project was initially announced last year, Planning and Zoning Director Michael Albert told the council it as a positive indicator that the parish’s housing market was recovering. Albert also said it had been about eight years since a major subdivision had been announced in the parish.

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