As part of Lafayette’s Comprehensive Plan, three Small Area Plans are being prepared to demonstrate best practices for new development and redevelopment in different areas of the parish. The small area plans will provide recommendations for future land use for vacant land and redevelopment. They will further provide for recommendations on mobility and circulation throughout the area as well as design recommendations and implementation steps for each respective area.
During PlanLafayette Week, each area’s residents and businesses were invited to small workshops to give input into the plan. Attendees were asked how they would like the areas to be improved in the future. The three areas were selected to represent varying geographic areas--urban, suburban and rural areas-- to help provide a planning model for each of the area types. The three areas include the Johnston/Bertrand area (urban), the area along the Evangeline Thruway near the Northgate Mall (suburban) and along Milton Avenue in Milton (rural).
“Each of these small area plans are full of innovative ideas that could serve as a model for other areas of Lafayette. These neighborhoods won’t change tomorrow -- the projects suggested by these plans could take years to implement. But these plans provide an important first step for three very dynamic areas of our parish and a model for how to plan in the future,” said City-Parish President Joey Durel.
All Lafayette residents are invited to see the results of the planning workshops. There will be an open house at Rosa Parks Transportation Center on Thursday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. that will end at 7:30 p.m. At the open house, the consultant will unveil the recommended plans for each area and discuss concepts which could impact other areas in the future. Attendees can come at any time during the two hours, and the open house is open to the public.
For questions, please contact Cathie Gilbert at 291-8454.