A 1,400-home, 1.3-square-mile community, complete with a town center and a higher education campus north of Lacombe, was recommended for approval Tuesday night by the St. Tammany Parish Zoning Commission.
The request by Weyerhaueser Real Estate Development Co. to rezone an 848-acre tract of timberland along Louisiana 434 from suburban agriculture to a planned unit development. The 110 acres along Louisiana 434 designated for a town center for stores, businesses and offices. That includes 22.5 acres which Weyerhaueser is making available to the parish for a higher education campus including a consortium of Southeastern Louisiana University, Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans. The plans also include 4.5 acres which will be available to the parish school system. School officials said last month that they would like to build a high school for advanced studies in technology and the arts on the property.
According to the plans, the multiphase development will include 1,401 homes in a mix of apartment units, loft homes above offices and businesses, townhouses, cluster and single-family homes, anchored by University Square, with 430,000 square feet of commercial/office space.
About 290 acres of the community is designated as green space, including 230 acres of wetlands that will not be developed, Schoen said. Amenities include a swimming pool, clubhouse, a playground with two baseball fields, two soccer fields and tennis courts.
Weyerhaeuser is also involved in some development of its own. Its subsidiary WREDCo [Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Company] is planning a project in St. Tammany Parish called Tamanend, an 848-acre mixed-use development anchored by University Square. That institution will provide campus space for the University of New Orleans, Delgado University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana Technical College and an advanced studies high school. Tamanend will consist of 1,401 residential units and 430,000 square feet of commercial/office space.