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This Scenario involves guiding projected growth toward “complete neighborhoods,” developed around town centers situated at strategic locations in Lafayette Parish – including downtown and other surrounding areas. Quality of life is improved by easy access to a variety of living options, employment centers, retail stores, schools and restaurants within each center. The Scenario centers will help alleviate the need for long commutes across town for work and errands, and greatly increases the level of convenience in the daily lives for those residing directly within, or in close proximity to each center.
This Scenario responds to the imbalance in development where growth and development would continue to occur disproportionally in the southern sector of Lafayette Parish. This imbalance has led to increased pressure on roads and other community services in the southern sector that currently, and will continue, to decrease the quality of life for residents. This Scenario seeks to relieve this imbalance by directing more of the projected growth into areas north of downtown, which already have a well-developed transportation infrastructure and sufficient development capacity to accommodate intensification.
This Scenario concentrates growth along existing targeted transportation corridors around Lafayette Parish. Retail and other commercial development, as well as transit infrastructure, already exists along many of these corridors. This Scenario builds on the existing pattern, but focuses on integrating mixed-use development and higher density residential along these key corridors, transitioning to the adjacent neighborhoods. This Scenario also promotes increasing modes and access to public transit along the main roads, offering the community an alternative way to commute from their residences to commercial, employment and retail buildings, with as much expansion of sidewalks and bike trails as the corridor infrastructure will allow.
This Scenario depicts a vision for how Lafayette will continue to develop with no plan, following the development trends we are currently seeing. In this Scenario, growth continues to spread into unincorporated areas, out toward rural towns and onto undeveloped farmland. Minimal provisions are made to reduce traffic congestion or to provide community services, because of the high costs of servicing a very large area. Without a plan, government can only address issues in a reactionary versus a proactive manner. With a plan there will be a unified, community-driven vision for prioritizing future development decisions for the parish.