The Lafayette City-Parish Council will go into executive session — by state law councils can meet behind closed doors to discuss sensitive matters such as litigation pending against the government — Tuesday night to discuss the lawsuit filed against consolidated government by Waste Facilities of Lafayette, the company that was in the process of constructing a waste transfer station on Sunbeam Lane in unincorporated Lafayette but whose project was halted after the council reacted to complaints from nearby neighbors.

It’s a fitting set-up for discussion later in the evening by the council about a land-use ordinance for unincorporated Lafayette Parish sponsored by Councilmen Jay Castille and Kevin Naquin, who represent much of the rural northern parts of the parish. Castille told The Daily Advertiser late last week the ordinance is designed to protect rural residents from commercial incursions and suggested the land-use requirements in the ordinance are not as strict as such requirements within the city limits of Lafayette.

The ordinance covers a wide a array of development requirements including business signage, buffers between commercial interests and residential developments and fencing. It also delineates development districts based in large part on their proximity to interstates, highways and other types of thoroughfares.

Read the full ordinance here.

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