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Oakville Residents band together against proposed zoning change [Video]

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Residents say the community founded in 1869 by freed slaves was not built for commercial development.

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. — Residents in Oakville got a win Tuesday night after they banded together against a zoning change proposal.

“We as a community are sick and tired of being pushed over,” Dwight Williams a resident of Oakville said. “This is the last time we are going to stand for it. We don’t want it, we don’t need it.”

Williams is talking about a request from Oakville Properties LLC to the Plaquemines Parish development board to change the historically black subdivision’s zoning district from Rural and Agricultural to General Commercial. It’s a move the residents say will bring major problems to their quiet community.

Claude Klein of Oakville Properties LLC told the development board they’d planned to develop temporary housing out of modular buildings, creating temporary housing for the construction workers building a …

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