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Plan targets sprawl as Lafayette grows

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The comprehensive plan endorsed by the City-Parish Council last week is a list of some 400 separate strategies to address Lafayette's growth in the coming decades. But one clear theme emerges: Sprawl is the enemy.

The plan, which has been in the works for two years, is a guidebook for new policies, regulations and initiatives on a wide range of issues, from public safety and parks to economic development and education.

But the issues likely to be the most difficult and controversial in the coming years are those touching on residential and commercial development.

Councilman Don Bertrand says people are starting to realize that this is a real issue.

Consultants estimate there will be 90,000 more residents in Lafayette Parish by 2030, pushing the population up to 310,000.

 

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