"We are projected to get 90,000 new people so where are they going to go," says Alm-Labar. That's what Carlee Alm-Labar the assistant to the City-Parish President is concerned about.
On Tuesday, she'll help update the council on the upcoming forums. "We have a strong economy here in Lafayette and its projected that we're going to keep growing. So, we need to do so in a fiscally responsible way."
Alm-Labar says there will be stations showing the various parts of the planning process including scenarios for growth. One scenario that will be shown is what Lafayette will look like in 20 years if nothing is done.
The other develops Lafayette along transportation corridors such as Johnston Street. She says more options will be available - the public just needs to choose. "And that's what this planning process is about looking at where we're head, trends and what we need to do to make sure that in 20 years we're still the place that everybody wants to come to," says Alm-Labar.
Kevin Blanchard is the chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee. Blanchard says the upcoming series is about deciding what Lafayette needs to do. "90,000 people moving to this parish in about 25 years? We don't have the public infrastructure dollars to pay for what's going to be required to sustain those people."
The forum dates: May 14 @ Rosa Parks Transportation Center from 4-8pm. May 15 @ Heymann Performing Arts.