Property development in Youngsville is on the rise. Councilman Ken Ritter says without a growth plan the use of property will become a free for all. The council held a public meeting Wednesday to collect input on drafting a Land Use Ordinance.
Ritter would like to see the city's proposed ordinance ready for final approval in April. An architectural team is helping with the ordinance - one that's easy to implement and minimizes conflicting land use. Tom Sammons is a professor at ULL who has experience in urban design. "I moved here almost 20 years ago. The town was about 1,100 people and now it's about 12,000 in less than 20 years."
Councilman Ritter says Youngsville's current land use ordinance is a one size fits all - buffer zone and green space requirement. He believes the city needs an ordinance that bases property separations on land use and location.
"Is the green space always on the inside of the business. It seems it might be more attractive on the inside," explains Youngsville councilwoman Dianne McClelland. Architect Lynn Guidry explained that the ordinance will be simple with the bulk of the ordinance being 6 to 8 pages long.