Last week, Lafayette Consolidated Government announced the scheduling of PlanLafayette Week next month and the simultaneous release of the draft comprehensive plan.
Officials have said that the draft plan will be organized into four “big ideas.” The events that comprise PlanLafayette Week will be structured around educating the public about the action items recommended in those four big ideas.
Leading up to the week, LCG officials will give previews of the four big ideas and some of the bigger action items associated with each element.
The next idea, Revitalize Neighborhoods, relates the action items in the plan that address creating safe and healthy environments for all Lafayette Parish residents.
A preview of some of the key action items includes:
· Strengthen gateways to the city of Lafayette
· Improve community-wide health through education and investing in the public realm
· Create a redevelopment authority to address blight and adjudicated properties
· Design the I-49 Connector to improve accessibility and neighborhood protection
Because many of the action items related to “Revitalize Neighborhoods” relate to developing strong neighborhoods where small businesses can thrive, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon on Tuesday, February 11 at 11 a.m. at the City Club for this discussion. They are bringing Walter Monsour, President & CEO of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, to Lafayette to speak on the progress that Baton Rouge has made in addressing neighborhoods in the core of their city.
“Bringing in an expert like Walter Monsour will help drive the community conversation about what our older neighborhoods can bring to our business community and to our way of life. Lafayette is a wonderful community to do business in, but if we don’t start to talk about what disinvestment, both public and private, can do to the heart of the city, then we have the potential to squander some of our greatest opportunities. I look forward the Chamber’s participation in PlanLafayette week, and believe that Walter’s visit will help bring important elements of the comprehensive plan into focus for all of us,” said Jason El Koubi, President & CEO of Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
About the comprehensive plan and PlanLafayette Week
PlanLafayette Week will be a celebration of the draft comprehensive plan and its planning concepts. The public will have an opportunity to give feedback on the draft plan that has been developed after a two year long community-wide effort.
The draft plan will be presented at two events which conclude PlanLafayette week on Tuesday, February 11 at the LITE Center from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday, February 12 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
In addition, LCG has partnered with several other community institutions to host activities around the plan’s other three big themes: Reinvent the Hub City, Refine Government, and Reenvision Natural Resources.