LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- Carlee Alm-LaBar, Director of the Development and Planning Department for Lafayette Consolidated Government, has accepted a position in the private sector and will conclude her eight year tenure in local government on June 22, 2018.
Alm-LaBar will be joining Southern Lifestyle Development as the Director of Planning for Traditional Neighborhood Developments, leading development of mixed-use neighborhoods in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Appointed by Mayor-President Joel Robideaux in January 2016 as the head of Development and Planning, Alm-LaBar is responsible for the coordination of development issues in the City and unincorporated Parish of Lafayette.
“Carlee’s dedication, commitment to excellence and insight have been invaluable to my Administration,” stated Robideaux. “I’m grateful for her leadership within government and for her service to the citizens of Lafayette Parish. She will certainly be missed and we all wish her the very best in her next endeavor.”
LCG listed the following accomplishments under Alm-LaBar’s lead:
- The restructure and renaming of the department to Development and Planning to improve alignment of neighborhood and historic preservation efforts, streamline the Unified Development Code regulatory authority, better enforce regulations, improve land use planning, and the continued, effective implementation of the revised alcohol code.
- Creation of the first-ever Development Guide to help property developers navigate the regulations and regulatory agencies more effectively.
- Leading the re-development efforts of the old Federal Courthouse site and the repeal of the downtown bar moratorium.
- Guiding the work of the Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment Team, which recently proposed a series of improvements along the Evangeline Thruway corridor.
- Cross-training of building officials to improve efficiency and customer service.
- Development and approval of the Unified Development Code. Engaging thousands of citizens for the development of Lafayette’s comprehensive plan and seeing it through to ultimate adoption by the City-Parish Council.
- The launch of Project Front Yard, the city’s first Better Block project and the Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm.
- Rebranding of LCG.
“I am grateful to Mayor-President Robideaux and the entire Administration, the City-Parish Council, and the LCG team as a whole, especially my staff, for the last few years. I have loved my time working in the public sector,” Alm-Labar said in a statement today. I have learned a great deal both from residents and colleagues about how our community works. I look forward to a new adventure and supporting our community in this new capacity.”
Prior to her term as the Planning and Development Director, Alm-LaBar served as Chief Development Officer and as an assistant to former City-Parish President Joey Durel.