LCG unveils details of PlanLafayette's fourth "Big Idea"
Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) is making preparations for PlanLafayette Week. PlanLafayette Week begins this week and will also be marked by the release of the draft comprehensive plan.
Officials have said that the draft plan will be organized into four "big ideas." The events that comprise PlanLafayette Week will be structured around educating the public about the action items recommended in those four big ideas.
Leading up to the week, LCG officials have shared previews of the four big ideas and some of the bigger action items associated with each element.
The final idea, Reenvision Natural Resources, relates the action items in the plan that address making Lafayette Parish a beautiful community and finding opportunity in some of the environmental challenges that exist in south Louisiana.
A preview of some of the key action items includes:
· Improving the health of the Bayou Vermilion
· Strengthening stormwater management and protection from flooding using Green Infrastructure
· Developing policies and programs that lead to a more beautiful and attractive Lafayette
The Lafayette Economic Development Authority has partnered with LCG on promoting this theme by bringing Dana Brown to Lafayette. Ms. Brown is a New Orleans resident and nationally-recognized speaker on planning and environmental issues.
"LEDA is happy to host Dana Brown and a panel of our community's leaders who are passionate about this issue. Environmental concerns and quality of life issues need to be addressed so they do not affect the community's business retention and recruitment efforts, as well as workforce recruitment. I am excited to see this theme in the Comprehensive Plan, and we are excited to help start a community dialogue around this issue," said Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO of LEDA.
LEDA will host a breakfast on Thursday, February 6 at the Cajundome Convention Center at 7:30 a.m. Following Ms. Brown, there will be a panel discussion on community pride issues by Jerry Vascocu of IBERIABANK, Dave Welch of Stone Energy, and Greg Manuel of Manuel Builders. Seating is limited.