WALKER, LA (WAFB) -
Houses next to trailers, next to gas stations. Livingston Parish may not have a zoning plan, but years ago the City of Walker adopted one. Now that the city has adopted a new master plan, the zoning may change.
Walker has been home to Ivy Howze for his entire life. He can remember back to when there were dirt roads, outhouses at the school and cattle roaming the land.
“We knew everybody 10 miles south and up north Walker,” Howze said. “Everybody knew everybody.”
Now with the city crawling with cars and some subdivisions still in the building stages, the city has approved measures to get a handle on all future growth.
“Change is good. Everybody needs change. But it’s controlled change,” said Howze.
Walker already has separate zoning ordinances in place for houses, trailer homes and commercial buildings. The city’s new master plan would allow retail and residential to mix, creating more of a community feel. Vacant land will be identified in order to pinpoint what type of development should go where.
Development also means adding more roads, to take pressure of main thoroughfares.
“You come back here at 4:30 and try and get across my street. May take you 10