APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH
OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA NO. 759-947, DIVISION
"C" HONORABLE JUNE B. DARENSBURG, JUDGE PRESIDING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLANT, CAMERON EHSANI-LANDRY
Cameron N. Ehsani-Landry.
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLEE, JEFFERSON PARISH Michael J.
Power Loren C. Marino.
composed of Judges Fredericka Homberg Wicker, Marc E.
Johnson, and Robert A. Chaisson.
A. CHAISSON JUDGE.
property zoning dispute, Cameron Ehsani-Landry seeks
appellate review of a trial court judgment that denied his
Petition for Relief from Denial for Rezoning from R-1A to R3
Classification and Writ of Certiorari, and affirmed the
decision of the Jefferson Parish Council ("the
Council") that denied his application to have the
property at 2916 Destrehan Avenue rezoned. For the following
reasons, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
property at issue in this case, Lot 26, Square B of the
Woodmere Subdivision in Jefferson Parish bearing municipal
address 2916 Destrehan Avenue, includes a residential
four-plex structure. At the time of the building's
construction sometime in 1974, the area was zoned R-3
multi-family residential. Following an area study in 1994,
the Council rezoned the area to R-1A, single family
residential. At the time of the 1994 rezoning and in the
following years, the four-plex remained occupied, and
maintained a legal non-conforming use. In 2013, the tenants
moved out and the building became vacant. The building
remained unoccupied for more than a year and, pursuant to the
Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances Sec. 40-702, lost its
legal non-conforming use sometime in late 2014. On June 25,
2015, Mr. Ehsani-Landry purchased the property.
a December 11, 2015 citation from the Parish Department of
Inspection and Code Enforcement for performing renovation
work without a permit, Mr. Ehsani-Landry filed an application
with the Jefferson Parish Planning Department on December 22,
2015, to change the zoning of the property from R-1A, single
family residential, to R-3, multiple family residential. The
application was considered at a February 11, 2016 public
hearing of the Planning Advisory Board at which time the
Planning Department's zoning/land use report was
presented. The report included recommendations on the
application from various Parish agencies involved in zoning
and land use decisions. The Department of Inspection and Code
Enforcement opposed Mr. Ehsani-Landry's application
because parking on the site was insufficient. The Planning
Department found that the proposed rezoning was not
consistent with the Parish's Comprehensive Plan and
recommended a denial of the application. The Planning
Advisory Board also voted to recommend denial of the
March 16, 2016 regular meeting of the Council, it considered
Mr. Ehsani-Landry's application, as well as the
recommendations of the Planning Department and the Planning