News Release

LCG Announces Development Class Schedule for Remainder of Year
Posted: 7/11/2017 3:00 PM


A course on the Unified Development Code (UDC) and recent amendments will be offered on Wednesday, July 19 at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center at 9:30 a.m. LUS, Public Works, and Planning, Zoning and Development (PZD) have offered several similar workshops since the adoption of the code in 2015. This refresher course will help those in the development community who want an overview of the code.
Public Works will continue their monthly right-of-way certification courses for those contractors doing work in the public right-of-way. Under the UDC, commercial building permits submitted to PZD requires certified inspectors for all work within the public right-of-way, including driveways and drainage connections. Utility work and repairs are to be certified and inspected as well. The right-of-way certification dates for the remainder of the year are July 14, August 11, September 8, October 6, November 3 and December 1. This is designed for contractors and their staff, engineers (who are not currently DOTD certified), and other interested parties. Registration is not required for the training that is expected to last approximately one hour. 
In addition, PZD is offering several trainings geared towards building a better community and neighborhoods. These include a “Better Block How-To” on September 26, “Zoning 101” on November 1, and a Corridor Planning Workshop on November 28. Each of these courses will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center.
Finally, the department will continue PlanLafayette Week this year with a week filled with planning workshops and guest speakers to be held August 21-26. Since the adoption of PlanLafayette in 2014, there have been two PlanLafayette weeks that have involved events sponsored by various community stakeholders with a vested interest in one or more of the 400+ action items identified in the plan. PlanLafayette is Lafayette’s Comprehensive Plan, a twenty year plan that is a parish-wide initiative which coordinates aspects of the community such as land use, transportation, public utilities, environmental and historic resources.
All the courses are offered to interested parties at no charge. For developing information on upcoming workshops please monitor or for the most up-to-date news.
Last month, PZD released the first-ever Development Guide to help those developing property to navigate the regulations and the regulatory agencies more effectively. The guide has been an ongoing project of the department geared towards improving the understanding of the processes associated with building in Lafayette. That guide can be found here: 
“We have undertaken efforts such as these courses and the guide to be as development-friendly as possible. We understand that the more we communicate with those developing in Lafayette, the more likely people are to understand our processes and regulations,” said Carlee Alm-LaBar, Director of Planning, Zoning, and Development. “We also hope to continue engaging with neighborhoods and the development community on issues related to their needs by offering ongoing training.”