The plan below was adopted by the Lafayette City-Parish Planning Commission on June 10, 2014. The Lafayette City-Parish Council endorsed PlanLafayette by resolution on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
The Lafayette Comprehensive Plan is a parishwide initiative to develop a vision and action plan for Lafayette 2035. The plan will coordinate many aspects of the community including land use, transportation, public utilities, environmental, and historic resources. The planning process occured 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.
Plan Lafayette Adopted
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan or “guidebook” for a community’s growth, development and redevelopment. It is a vision for the future that plans for a twenty year time period, based on local conditions, values and aspirations. It is called comprehensive because it coordinates the efforts of many different aspects of a community, such as land use, transportation, and economic development.
One of the most important purposes of a Comprehensive Plan is to formally identify the elements that create a thriving, attractive community: one that offers viable options to its residents regarding where and how they want to live, work, and play. For this reason, public input is essential to developing a successful plan. A plan will gather ideas from the Lafayette community, while the process will provide a forum for residents to talk and work together to solve shared problems.
What is included?
- 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
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 as follows:
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.
About the Process
LCG developed the Comprehensive Plan with assistance from a consulting team over a two-year process. The team worked closely with LCG staff and a citizen's advisory committee to prepare the plan.
The planning process occurred in three phases: project kickoff, setting a vision and plan framework, and developing the plan document. In the early stages, the consultant team collected information, conducted interviews, and listened to the community’s concerns and ideas. There were four series of public meetings throughout the process, in addition to a variety of opportunities for people to get together and provide input through “meetings-in-a-box” and other means. The process was driven by public input - your input - at every step.
Who was Involved?
The Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee (CPCAC) included 38 community members and leaders - representation from the City-Parish Planning Commission, the former LINC Citizen Committee members, representatives of neighborhood, civic, and cultural organizations, and business owners. CPCAC met on a regular basis to discuss issues, advise the LCG planning team and consultant team, promote citizen engagement, provide feedback, and help guide the planning effort.
LCG selected a consultant team, led by WRT, to assist Lafayette in developing our Comprehensive Plan. WRT is a national planning and design firm which has completed or is working on comprehensive plans for numerous communities across the country, including Austin, TX; Albany, NY; Portsmouth, VA; Biloxi, MS; and St. Charles Parish, LA.
The following is a history of efforts, documents and supplementary projects that led up to the final plan.
CPCAC Plan Review
On May, 15th, 2014 the Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee approved the plan with amendments to go forward to adoption by the Planning Commission. The Plan was available beginning on May 20th at a Special Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, May 20th at 5:30 pm at the Science Museum. The Plan was officially up for adoption on Tuesday, June 10th at 5:30 at the Clifton Chenier Town Hall at 220 West Willow St.
CPCAC Recommended Draft 5/15/14
Two nodes were selected to exhibit features of the Comprehensive Plan for the multi-center concept. This supplemental work, as part of the Comprehensive Plan contract, was funded by a grant from the Center for Planning Excellence with matching funds from Council members Don Bertrand and Keith Patin. The two areas selected were the Robley/South City Pkwy/Johnston St. area and the Camillia/Kaliste Saloom area. On June 18 and 19, 2014, Zyscovich Architects met with stakeholders and presented a couple of scenarios for future development. Please find presentations below:
Robley/South City Pkwy/Johnston St.
Please submit any feedback regarding these concepts to the CompPlan@lafayettela.gov
Small Area Plans
The final plan report for Johnston/Bertrand, North Gateway, and Milton Ave. small area plans can be found here:
Final Plan Report
After reviewing feedback from Charettes held during PlanLafayette Week the consultant has developed three plans for Johnston/Bertrand, North Gateway and Milton Ave. The plans were presented at an open house on Thursday, April 3. The plans provide a planning model for urban, suburban and rural parts of the parish. Please find the draft plans below.
Draft Johnston/Bertrand Small Area
Draft North Gateway Small Area
Draft Milton Ave. Small Area
The draft policy and action item document is available for review here. The survey has closed but you may still submit feedback:
- Submit comments directly to the Comprehensive Plan email address.
- For more detailed feedback on specific action items and policies, complete the comment form. Feel free to use multiple pages. Email the form once you have completed it.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the second round of community forums in May of 2013 for Community Forum Series 3! WRT has processed feedback from these meetings and the Meetings-in-a-Box to come up with a preferred growth scenario. The public has an opportunity to weigh in on their favorite scenario at Community Forum Series 4. Community Forum Series 4 will consist of two Open Houses.
Community Forum Series 4From the feedback from CFS 3, a preferred growth scenario was identified and included in the draft Future Land Use Plan. Our planning comsultant, WRT, has developed the core Comprehensive Plan document for review at two CFS4 Open Houses in February, 2014. This policy document includes goals, policies and actions to achieve the future vision of the community. LCG's planning team has come up with 4 Big Ideas that are the cornerstones of the Plan: Revitalize Neighborhoods, Refine Government, Reinvision Natural Resources, and Reinvent the Hub City. A summary of these Big Ideas will be in an executive summary in the Comprehensive Plan.
Two open houses were held on Tuesday, February 11, at the LITE Center and on Wednesday, February 12, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. People walked through the Big Idea boards and supplementary boards and asked to vote with poker chips for their favorite idea. Participants were also asked to jot down some ideas on how they could help implement components of the Big Ideas.
Please find the material presented at the open houses and the celebration at the Science Museum
Please find below the Draft Comprehensive Plan (this is the core policy of the document):
In addition to the feedback we received at the open houses there are two ways to still give us feedback on the policies that make up the Comprehensive Plan: Email us at CompPlan@lafayettela.gov, or stayed tuned for a on-line survey that will be available the week of March 3.
The CPCAC Committee Meetings
The Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee (CPCAC) is a committee of residents who will guide the development of the Comprehensive Plan. The committee consists of approximately 35 people, including a representative of the Planning Commission, members of the LINC Citizen Committee, and other governmental boards and agencies. Members include representatives of neighborhood, civic, arts and cultural organizations, representatives of major employers and business owners, and representatives of the community’s varied urban and rural constituencies, along with at least one liaison member of Council.
Below are agendas and minutes from the CPCAC meetings. Meetings are held at Rosa Parks unless otherwise noted.
Community Forum Series 3
In CFS 3, the community has a chance to weigh in on the three alternative futures to the trend (no plan) growth scenario-- that is, what the parish will look like in twenty years if we do nothing differently. In developing the scenarios presented, the consultant reviewed 35 maps created by Lafayette citizens during the Community Forum Series 2 and follow up Meeting-in-a-Box exercises, priorities described by each of the groups, responses from the community forums, and the results of the Alternative Futures online survey.
From the review of the feedback, a number of similarities and priorities for future development and redevelopment began to emerge. The scenarios depict land use concepts and compare them to the trend scenario, representing different residential development and “place types” and an assessment of how much development can be accommodated in each “targeted” area. The consultant provided various indicators that tell a story about each scenario. For example, how much farmland is developed, how many people are near transit, how much will the roads cost, and other indicators. Participants were asked to select a single preferred alternative or the trend growth scenario and to "vote" for individual components of each alternative. The four alternative scenarios are called the Trend (no plan), Multi-Center Growth, Balanced Growth and Corridor Growth.
Please find some of the material that was used during the meetings and the meeting-in-a-box.
Additional Resources for review:
Forty-two percent of the particpants Please find attached the summary of the Preferred Scenario.
Community Forum Series 2
Thanks to those who participated in November's Community Forum Series 2: Imagining Alternative Futures. These community meetings illustrated what Lafayette Parish's future might look like in twenty years if we stay on the same course we are on today. Participants worked in groups to propose and explore alternatives to this likely future based on the input received to develop the vision statement from Community Forum Series 1.
Please find some of the supplementary material that was used for the group meeting:
One of the most critical parts of developing a Comprehensive Plan is a grounded understanding of the existing conditions in the community. Therefore, one of the first deliverables for Lafayette's Plan from the consultant was the Community Assessment of existing conditions and trends. This document was based on an extensive amount of existing data including maps, reports, census data, stakeholder interview data, technical team expertise, and the input of agencies external to LCG, etc. The consultant utilized this information to characterize the context within which the parish will grow over the next twenty years and to identify the key issues that need to be addressed throughout the comprehensive planning process. The Community Assessment is available here.
The vision statement and survey regarding the vision statement are posted here. If you would like to hear a video of the CPCAC members reading the vision statement click here.
Vision Statement Input Presentation
This powerpoint (download PDF here) was presented to the CPCAC on Wednesday, May 23 and details the process and input WRT used to draft the vision statement. The vision statement for the plan will be officially unveiled to the community on June 30, 2012.
Community Forum Series 1
The compiled results from each public meeting are posted below. These results will be used, along with the results of the Meetings in a Box to create the Vision Statement for the Comprehensive Plan.
Technical Memorandum- Summary of Preliminary Stakeholder Input
The Kickoff Week for the Comprehensive Plan was held February 13-17, 2012. The activities during that week included interviews with community members, a community tour, and attending the 2012 State of the Parish Address. To download WRT's report from the Kickoff Week, click here