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LCG council supports Horse Farm bill

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Tuesday the Lafayette City-Parish Council voted to support House Bill 992.

The bill authored by Lafayette State Representative (R) Joel Robideaux provides the Horse Farm and adjacent properties with an exemption from the state's public lease law. E.B. brooks is the executive director of planning and development for the non-profit Lafayette Central Park. "Its just about the public lease law. So it really just takes us out of that public lease process; that really just really kind of ties up a lot of legal fees and a lot of time on the administrations part," says Brooks.

The Horse Farm is owned by LCG. However, Lafayette Central Park is the 99 year lease holder and park developer. "For example, there's a couple of slithers of land that are quote unquote inside the horse farm, but they're not part of the horse farm. So, that gives us the opportunity for us to kind of negotiate with those landowners later down the road should we want to acquire that to be officially park property," adds Brooks.

City-Parish Councilman Don Bertrand says the bill makes sense.He says it takes one step out of the process of trying to develop the horse farm. "There's no reason for us to go to state bid law to meet their requirements when we meet our own requirements here," explains Bertrand.

Council Chairman Brandon Shelvin is on board, especially after clarification from the city parish attorney. "It's totally legal, that was one of the first questions I asked him. Is this legal? Can we do this? He said absolutely," explains Shelvin.

According to the council's resolution, House Bill 992 also helps to prevent the state's lease law from forcing the horse farm's future in a direction inconsistent with the overall plan and design of it.

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