The Lafayette Comprehensive Plan is a parishwide initiative to develop a vision and action plan for Lafayette for the next 20 years. The plan will coordinate many aspects of the community including land use, transportation, public utilities, environmental, and historic resources. The planning process will occur in three phases: project kickoff, setting a vision and plan framework, and developing the plan document. In the early stages, the consultant team will collect information, conduct interviews, and listen to the community’s concerns and ideas. There will be many opportunities to provide input including four separate community forums series.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What will the plan include?
Background data and trends
Our community’s vision for Lafayette’s future including roads, utilities, housing, parks and open space, education, and other community facilities
Goals, objectives, and policies for future development and reinvestment, community character, housing and neighborhoods, historic and cultural resources, economic development, transportation and mobility, utilities, community facilities and services, recreation and open space, and resource conservation and hazard mitigation
Maps and graphics that help visualize future growth, redevelopment, and preservation
An action plan (or implementation plan) to guide the realization of the plan
Ways to monitor and evaluate the progress of the plan
Is the plan a legal document?
No. However, it has legal implications because of references to comprehensive plans (or master plans) in State Law. The Plan is a planning and policy document that will guide the decision making process of the Planning Commission, the Administration and the City-Parish Council.
The Plan can be implemented in many ways. It will provide a set of tools (e.g. ordinances, best practices, and a process for monitoring the plan’s recommendations). The Plan will also be used during the local government budgeting process, as well as leveraged and coordinated with other government organizations and private entities, as a guide for their decision making. These tools and others will be considered during the development of the Plan.
What is the state enabling legislation that requires communities to have a comprehensive or master plan?
The Master Plan is referenced in state law
Louisiana Revised Statues, Title 33 Municipalities and Parishes, Part IV. Physical Development of Parishes and Municipalities, Subpart A. Planning Commissions, § 106.General Powers and Duties A.(1) and (2), B.(1) and (2).
§106. General Powers and Duties A.(1)
A parish planning commission shall make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the unincorporated territory of a parish.
§106. General Powers and Duties A.(2)
A municipal planning commission shall make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the incorporated territory of the municipality.
§ 106. General Powers and Duties B.(1)
Any such plan shall provide a general description or depiction of existing roads, streets, highways, and publicly controlled corridors, along with a general description or depiction of other public property within the jurisdiction that is subject to the authority of the commission.
§ 106. General Powers and Duties B.(2)
Any such plan, with the accompanying maps, plats, charts, and descriptive matter may include a commission’s recommendations for the development of the parish or municipality, as the case may be, including, among other things, the general location, character, and extent of railroads, highways, streets, viaducts, subways, bus, street car and other transportation routes, bridges, waterways, lakes, water fronts, boulevards, parkways, playgrounds, squares, parks, aviation fields, and other public ways, grounds, and open spaces; the general location of public buildings, schools, and other public property; the general character, extent and layout of public housing and of the replanning of blighted districts and slum areas; the general location and extent of public utilities and terminals, whether publicly or privately owned or operated, for water, light, sanitation, communication, power, transportation, and other purposes; and the removal, relocation, widening narrowing, vacating, abandonment, change of use, or extension of any of the foregoing ways, grounds, open spaces, buildings, property, utilities, or terminals.
How does this relate to the LINC process?
Lafayette IN a Century (LINC) is a body of work prepared by a Steering Committee of appointed citizens in 1997 who worked for two and a half years evaluating city and parish needs and objectives and recommending specific actions to address those needs and objectives.
The Planning Division of the LCG Traffic and Transportation Department has assembled the original Steering Committee work and provided this material to the consultants and Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee (CPCAC). This work involves thousands of hours of effort and represents building blocks for the current Comprehensive Plan initiative. This commitment of time and effort by staff and committee members served to support planning efforts that has culminated in a contract with a nationally known consultant, Wallace, Roberts and Todd.
It is intended that the Comprehensive Plan developed over the next eighteen months will both supersede and complement the LINC work. The public outreach component for this current effort will be far more extensive than ever before.