City Council Notification 8.4.15

Traffic Advisory for Causeway Commuters, School Zones, Budget Workshop and Port Marigny


Dear Friends,


I have a few reminders and pieces of information below, as well as one question for you.


1) Please see the below message about upcoming work on the Causeway as a Public Service Announcement. This is not a City of Mandeville project.

2) Please be reminded that school zones will come back into place on Friday of this week, August 7. Please drive safely and let’s have a great school year!

3) Please be reminded that the Mandeville City Council will hold it’s 3rd Budget Workshop tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 4 at 6pm at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. We are still waiting on a few bits of information concerning employee salaries within in the Operating Budget. The goal tomorrow night is to come to some finality on the salaries issue and to move into the Capital Budget. A fourth (if needed) Budget Workshop is planned for next Monday, August 10 at 6pm at City Hall.

4) It is never too early to begin asking your opinion of the proposed Port Marginy Development at the old Pre-Stressed site. The City Council referred it to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the first public discussion on the project was held last week on Tuesday, July 28 at the P&Z meeting. The next opportunity to discuss this proposed project will be at the P&Z meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 7pm at City Hall. A few points that I took away from last Tuesday’s meeting are here below. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts on this and to let me know if you have any questions. Again, there will be several public meetings on this proposal and it could take several weeks (months even) before it comes back to the City Council. In the meantime, I am interested in your thoughts on the following:

The project designer, Mr. Steve Oubre with Architects Southwest out of Lafayette, LA stated, “This project is centered around the 2007 Mandeville Comprehensive Plan and the vision that it created. This is about enhancing the charm of Old Mandeville. The City of Mandeville’s planning and zoning laws state that the applicant propose its own covenants and restrictions.”

Plans call for 429 housing units broken down this way:

  • 192 apartments
  • 57 cottages
  • 52 single-family village homes
  • 52 townhouses
  • 48 single-family neighborhood homes
  • 28 condominium units

According to the presentation:

  • About one-third of the residents of Port Marigny are expected to be millennials with children and one-third are expected to be baby boomers/empty nesters.
  • There will be a 120-room hotel on the southwest corner of the property, adjacent to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
  • The development would include a marina with 150 boats slips able to accommodate boats of up to 55 feet.
  • There would be 60,000 square-feet of commercial space.
  • A park-like area offering public viewing of Lake Pontchartrain would be part of the project.
  • A statue of Mandeville founder Bernard de Marigny would be erected near the center of the development.
  • Retail areas in Port Marigny would be within a five-minute walk of residences in the development.