Can Lafayette handle more people moving into the city? LCG President Joey Durel says studies show that in 20 years an additional 90,000 people will call Lafayette home.
Durel says if that's correct - then Lafayette needs to get ready. In fact, next month the public will get a chance to weigh-in from a visual perspective.
Thomas Carroll is the Director of Public Works. Carroll says population growth has its benefits and it also comes at a cost. "Right now, we already have issues with roads, drainage and things like that."
Durel says the decision is for the public to make. The Comprehensive Plan is moving forward. By the end of February - contracted city planners will present visuals of what Lafayette could look like as it grows and develops. "If we do nothing today at all, this is what we could look like and what we could be like from a traffic standpoint or housing 20 years from now. We can do these tweaks and look like this, this and this. Plus, this is how we can get there."
Durel says imagine in 20 years having 90,000 additional people living in Lafayette? If plans are not developed and put into motion in a timely fashion, it can spell disaster. "It's better for us to plan ahead and to act appropriately so that we can spend money efficiently as possible; then to have it just sneak up on us."
The Director of Public Works explains that Lafayette's infrastructure and services are stretched to the max. "We had to cut back staffing in the last few years due to revenue issues. Our staff is less than it was 15 years ago."
Durel says the visuals of Lafayette in the future are based on the series of community forums that were held last year.