Residents in unincorporated Lafayette had a voice Tuesday at the city parish council meeting. A Land Use ordinance approved by the council five months ago helped to regulated how unincorporated property is used.
Consolidated councilman Jay Castille reminded everyone that before the Land use ordinance, unincorporated property use was virtually unregulated and property owners were able to do as they pleased with the property they owned; that included industrial, business and residential. "Is it perfect? No its not, but it's better than what we had," explains Castille.
A Land Use Review held at the council meeting Tuesday brought to light some residential concerns. Neighbors of an industrial site in Carencro spoke about noise coming from the facility. "You come over and I'll fix you a cup of coffee and you sit on the porch and see how it sounds." Plus, there was an issue about the building of a civic park. Nearby residents said they're concerned that a park is just the first step. "They're planning on doing a Muslim Center there. There's a seven year plan of what they're going to do over the seven years," says resident Nona Myers.
Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux helped to better explain how the land use process works. "When the land use changes it would then have to come back for zoning approval. There is a whole different process for that." Zoning reviews before the council are normally held on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
Both land use requests to reduce the buffer zones - that is the space between the facilities and neighboring communities - were approved.