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Council Preview: Tax revenue up, short-term rental ban back on agenda

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:

Special Joint Meeting

Final Adoption

The budget. The City and Parish councils will vote Tuesday on adopting a budget for next year after their Sept. 14 vote defeated the proposed budget developed this summer. Big raises for fire and police employees — without long-term funding plans — led to the earlier failed vote and will be a point of interest at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Midyear Budget amendments

While Lafayette Consolidated Government’s budget is adopted annually, the budget actually changes throughout the year. The City and Parish councils routinely pass budget amendments that adjust both revenues and expenses for government services.

Parish Council

Final Adoption

No significant items.

Introduction

Precincts. The Parish Council is looking at a plan to change voting precincts to better distribute registered voters. The move would consolidate Precinct 62 into Precinct 58, both of which cover the McComb-Veazey area and currently vote at LeRosen Preparatory School. It would also create a new Precinct 50 out of Precinct 6, near Carencro, both of which will vote at Carencro Middle School. The measure will not change polling locations for the affected precincts. Other voting location changes are available online from the Secretary of State

Budget amendment. Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s administration is proposing an amendment to this year’s budget to reflect higher than expected revenue collections for the parish. The adjustment recognizes an additional $6.7 million in parish tax revenue.

Juvenile detention cut. Guillory’s administration is proposing a change to take $2 million in federal ARPA funds from safety improvements at the parish’s Juvenile Detention Home to fund $1 million for clearing roadside ditches in the parish and add $1 million to the $4.3 million planned for the Louisiana Avenue Extension project.

City Council

Resolutions

External funding. The City Council will determine how to distribute $194,000 to community development groups through grants of as much as $11,500. Dozens of groups requested funding for community programs, totaling more than $450,000. A pair of panels recommends the awards up for review by the council.  

Final Adoption

Short-term rentals. Councilman Andy Naquin’s proposed regulations for short-term rentals, like AirBnBs, is set for a final vote of the City Council Tuesday. Naquin’s original plan this summer included a prohibition on STRs in single-family areas, which cover much of the city. But multiple amendments are expected to be voted on, including one to allow STRs in single-family neighborhoods with certain conditions and another that would allow without conditions. 

Introduction

Budget amendment. Guillory’s administration is also proposing a budget adjustment for the City Council, recognizing $5.2 million in tax revenue above budgeted expectations for this year.

Camellia pond. LCG’s Public Works Department is asking the City Council to declare the Camellia Ponds Betterment Project a public necessity and to allow Guillory to acquire nearby land to expand the ponds by East Bluebird Drive. The City Council has expressed concerns with public necessity declarations in the past, as they have been used to expropriate property or move forward with projects before plans were fully presented to the council.

Joint Items

Final Adoption

Habitat homes. The councils will vote Tuesday on a plan to donate 14 adjudicated properties to Lafayette’s Habitat for Humanity as part of an ongoing effort to clear the parish’s backlog of more than 1,200 adjudications. Habitat has a track record of success with bringing the adjudicated properties back into commerce by building new homes on the often vacant, neglected lots that have concentrated blight largely on Lafayette’s Northside. Lafayette is also exploring an effort to revive adjudicated properties by putting neighborhood groups in charge with a pilot program in partnership with the McComb-Veazey Coterie. 

Introduction

No significant items.

Property

AddressApprovalAction
Multiple adjudicated propertiesJoint councilsDonation of 14 adjudicated properties to non-profit Lafayette Habitat for Humanity [Final]
1618 E Milton Ave.Parish CouncilSale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner [Resolution]
103 Nottingham CircleJoint councilsSale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner [Resolution]
325 Nottingham CircleJoint councilsSale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner [Resolution]
140 Westchester DriveJoint councilsSale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner [Resolution]
1400 E Simcoe StreetJoint councilsSale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner [Resolution]
101 Hobson StreetJoint councilsSale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner [Resolution]
500 Block E Bluebird DriveCity CouncilRezoning parcel 1 from Agricultural (A) to Residential Mixed (RM-1) and parcel 2 from Agricultural (A) to Commercial-Heavy (CH) and Commercial Mixed (CM-1) [Intro]
2221 Verot School RoadCity CouncilRezoning from Residential Single-Family (RS-1) to Mixed-Use Neighborhood (MN-2) [Intro]
300 Block E Bluebird DriveCity CouncilRezoning from Residential Single-Family (RS-1), Residential Mixed (RM-1), Commercial Mixed (CM-1) and Commercial-Heavy (CH) to Mixed-Use Neighborhood (MN-2) [Intro]
801, 803, 805 & 811 W University Ave.City CouncilRezoning from Commercial-Heavy (CH) to Mixed-Use Neighborhood (MN-1) [Intro]
Planned council actions related to property, such as rezonings, annexations and disposition of adjudicated properties

Vacancies

BoardApprovalQualifications
Lafayette Parish Waterworks District North BoardParish CouncilApplicants must reside with the Lafayette Parish Waterworks District North boundaries
Lafayette Parish Library Board of ControlParish CouncilNone listed
Lafayette Public Innovation Alliance BoardParish CouncilNone listed
Lafayette 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 Convention & Visitors CommissionParish CouncilNone listed
Lafayette Public Innovation AllianceParish CouncilNone listed
Board of Zoning AdjustmentCity CouncilApplicants must be city of Lafayette residents
Lafayette Parish Waterworks District South BoardCity CouncilApplicants must reside with the Lafayette Parish Waterworks District South boundaries
Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment Team (three vacancies)City CouncilNone listed
Applicants must be registered voters and residents of Lafayette Parish. Resumes should be emailed to [email protected] by noon on Oct. 17.

Appointments

BoardApprovalApplicants
Lafayette Public Innovation Alliance BoardParish CouncilDelaney Meaux Larson
Lafayette Parish Waterworks District North BoardParish CouncilToby R. Domingue (incumbent)
Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment TeamCity CouncilAlexander C. Lazard (incumbent)
City Planning and Zoning CommissionCity Council10 applicants, no incumbent
Keep Lafayette Beautiful CommitteeCity CouncilKathryn Loomis
Heymann Performing Arts Center and Frem F. Boustany Convention Center BoardCity CouncilSix applicants, no incumbent