Council Preview: $9.5M to move City Court; Sunday morning beer sales

Here is a selection of items on the agendas for this week’s meetings of the City and Parish councils. To see the full agendas, check out the links below:

Lafayette 101

Property taxes in Louisiana are calculated from millage rates set by local government bodies. Those rates have to be set during public meetings each year, and various rules exist to limit how they can be adjusted without going to a vote of city or parish residents. Millages in Lafayette are available on the Parish Assessor’s website.

Parish Council


Drainage request. The Parish Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution encouraging the St. Martin Parish Government, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District, which controls the flow of freshwater from the Bayou Teche to the Vermilion River, to proactively lower water levels on the area’s major drainage channels when storms threatening more than 5 inches of rain are forecasted by the National Weather Service. The resolution would not have the force of law, and given recent feuds with St. Martin Parish and the Corps, it may fall on deaf ears. 

Final Adoption

Homewood Park. Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s administration is asking the Parish Council to reallocate $1.2 million in federal ARPA funds from planned upgrades to the War Memorial Building on Pinhook Road to now be used for park amenities at the beleaguered Homewood Drive Detention Pond near Milton. Some neighbors of the pond have questioned the potential for putting a park on the property and complained that they haven’t been involved in decisions on what amenities it will include.


Parish millages. Property taxes will likely drop this year as the two-year library millage boost approved by the Parish Council in 2021 is replaced by a new library millage rate passed by voters that same year. The council bumped the library’s 1.84-mill tax to 1.97 mills for the two year period between the vote on the renewal and when it would take effect, which is this year. The change is worth more than $300,000 in lost annual revenue for the library and will save 97 cents a year in taxes on a $150,000 house with a homestead exemption. This year’s proposed parish millages are otherwise unchanged from last year.

City Council


Tax abatement. The City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to grant a property tax break for renovations at 222 Jefferson Street in Downtown. The break wouldn’t exempt the owner from all property taxes, but would exclude improvements to the building from property tax calculations for at least five, and at most 10, years.

Final Adoption

Deferred. A vote to establish the city’s first rules for short-term rentals, like AirBnB, were deferred Friday until the City Council’s Oct. 3 meeting. Councilman Andy Naquin has pushed a plan to greatly limit STR operations in single-family neighborhoods, which saw support on the council but pushback from STR owners. He announced the measure’s third deferral Friday as changes continue to be made to the plan following a meeting with stakeholders earlier last week. 

City Court funds. A $9.5 million plan to buy the Lemoine Building Downtown for a new City Court campus is up for a final vote Tuesday after being canned at its last meeting over concerns that a plan for the court relocation wasn’t in place. Guillory’s administration is pushing the move as part of its efforts to free up the current City Court location for mixed-used development by Rock ‘N’ Bowl owner Johnny Blancher, but council members have expressed concerns about authorizing the funds before seeing a full plan for the project. 

City Marshal raises. As the City Council considers raises for police officers, Councilman Pat Lewis is pushing a pay raise for City Marshal deputies that would bring the department’s lowest deputy salary to $50,000 at a recurring annual cost of just over $91,000.


City millages. No change is planned for property tax rates in the city of Lafayette this year. LCG’s expectations suggest the city will collect $30.8 million in property taxes, up from $30.5 million last year.

Streetscapes. Guillory’s administration is proposing a shakeup of the city’s federal ARPA funds to shift $2.6 million in federal funds from the Jefferson Street Renewal project into the 12th Street Corridor Streetscape project and take $2.6 million local tax dollars from that project for the Congress Street Streetscaping plan. The change comes as LCG is nearing the federal deadline to allocate and spend its ARPA funds, and the admin says the 12th Street Corridor project is the better option to meet that timeline. Replacement funds for the Jefferson Street Renewal were not included in the proposal.

Joint Items

Final Adoption

No significant items.


Alcohol sales. The city and parish councils will give preliminary consideration Tuesday to a plan that would allow beer sales for on-premises consumption to start at 7 a.m. on Sundays. Current rules prohibit alcohol sales before 11 a.m. on Sundays, but the proposed change would allow beverages of 6% ABV or less to be sold for on-premises consumption as early as 7 a.m., leaving out most wines. The proposal also would not change the 11 a.m. start time on Sundays for alcohol sales made for off-premises consumption.


100 Block Ambassador Caffery ParkwayCity CouncilDe-annexation from City of Lafayette [Final]
100 Poydras Street RezoningCity CouncilRezoning from Residential Mixed (RM-1) to Commercial Mixed (CM-1) [Intro]
116 Sage Glenn LaneCity CouncilAnnexation and assignment of Residential Single-Family (RS-1) zoning [Intro]
400 Block Ridge Road (Parcel A)City CouncilAnnexation and assignment of Mixed-Use Neighborhood (MN-2) zoning [Intro]
4517 W Congress StreetCity CouncilRezoning from Residential Mixed (RM-1) to Commercial Mixed (CM-1) with a conditional use permit for a convenience store with gas sales [Intro]
3100 Block Louisiana Ave.City CouncilConditional use permit for vehicle service operation in Commercial Heavy (CH) zoning [Intro]
300 Pershing Ave. & 228 Marne StreetCity CouncilRezoning from Residential Single-Family (RS-1) to Mixed-Use Neighborhood (MN-1) [Intro]
3014 Kaliste Saloom RoadCity CouncilConditional use permit for convenience store with gas sales in Commercial Mixed (CM-1) [Intro]
Planned council actions related to property, such as rezonings, annexations and disposition of adjudicated properties


Lafayette Public Innovation Alliance Board (two openings)Parish CouncilNone listed.
Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee on Citizens with DisabilitiesParish CouncilApplicants must be submitted by non-profit agencies working with disabled
citizens of the Parish of Lafayette.
Lafayette Parish Waterworks District North BoardParish CouncilApplicants must reside with the Lafayette Parish Waterworks District North boundaries.
Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment TeamCity CouncilNone listed.
Keep Lafayette Beautiful CommitteeCity CouncilNone listed.
Heymann Performing Arts Center and Frem F. Boustany Convention Center BoardCity CouncilNone listed.
City Planning and Zoning CommissionCity CouncilApplicants must be City of Lafayette residents.
Resumes should be emailed to [email protected] no later than noon, Tuesday,
September 19, 2023


Lafayette Parish Waterworks District South BoardParish CouncilByron Daigle
Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee on Citizens with DisabilitiesParish CouncilGabby Hoffpauir-Rosatto
Lafayette Public Trust Financing AuthorityCity CouncilAndre Breaux (incumbent), Markeda Ann Cottonham, Erica Melancon Fox
Lafayette Airport CommissionCity Council District 5Samuel Pierre