Lafayette Consolidated Government has chosen the horse farm — those gorgeous, rolling, 90-plus acres in the heart of Lafayette that will one day be a passive park devoted to cycling, walking and lazing about — to unveil the Lafayette Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement. The vision statement is a product of the community forums and “meetings in a box” that nearly 1,000 Lafayette residents participated in this past spring to express how they want Lafayette to look and function in decades to come.
Planners at Wallace, Roberts & Todd, the Philadelphia planning firm hired by LCG to guide the comprehensive planning process, have taken hundreds of surveys and brainstorming notes from those forums and meetings and synthesized them into a comprehensive vision for the future. That vision will be unveiled and celebrated from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 30.
The locale for the unveiling isn’t coincidental: This week the University of Louisiana System board approved UL Lafayette’s sale of the horse farm to LCG, a deal that’s long been in the works.
“This is the people’s park,” says City-Parish President Joey Durel in a press release announcing the event. “It was identified as a place worth saving for the benefit of all citizens by a group of students whose cause caught the attention of the community. Through the tremendous cooperation of Dr. [Joseph] Savoie, we hope to have something many communities will never see — 100 acres of magnificent oak trees, rolling hills and vast green space right in the heart of our community. I can’t think of a better place to discuss a reflection of a shared vision for Lafayette in the future. The ties between that tangible part of Lafayette’s future and our community’s vision for the Lafayette of 20 years from now are too important not to link.”
The horse farm is located on the 2900 block of Johnston Street across from Winnwood Shopping Center. Parking for the event will be available there and at the Regions Bank adjacent to the park.
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