The next step in the development of the Lafayette Comprehensive Plan, a series of public meetings called Community Forums, is happening this month across Lafayette. The public meetings allow everyone an opportunity to participate in the planning process.
The first series of public meetings, called Issues and Aspirations, was held in April 2012, and allowed members of the public the opportunity to share their visions about Lafayette 20 years from now. In the second series, called Imagining Alternative Futures, residents will be asked to compare the current community trends with the vision. The forum dates are listed below.
Wednesday, November 14, noon, Acadiana Center for the Arts
Wednesday, November 14, 6 p.m., Acadian Middle School
Thursday, November 15, noon, South Regional Library
Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m., East Bayou Baptist Church
Friday, November 16, 2 p.m., Heymann Center
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m., Holy Rosary Institute, Windolph Hall
Residents interested in attending a meeting are asked to visit lafayettecomprehensiveplan.eventbrite.com and register for the forum they would like to attend in order to reserve a keypad for voting and to make the check-in process quicker.
"A record-breaking number of citizens joined the planning effort in the first round of community input in the planning process," says City-Parish President Joey Durel. "Those meetings gave people an opportunity to put forth their visions for the future of Lafayette. Beginning next week, we have a chance to look at growth trends that are projected for the coming years and see how those can support, or how they collide with, the vision people want to become reality. Next week, residents have six opportunities over four days to attend a meeting that best fits their schedule or is most convenient to where they live. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings and add your voice to those who are gathering to chart a course for an even better Lafayette.
"Whether you attended the first round of meetings in April, joined a Meeting In A Box event, participated in the Downtown events, or you are just getting interested in the planning process now, your voice is needed and your presence is important. Please make plans to attend."