4/19/22 Council Preview: Maintaining Duson’s infrastructure, legalizing panhandling, old bars become new

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Illustration by Peter DeHart

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: What’s a Conditional Use Permit? In 2017 LCG ended a 13-year moratorium on new bars Downtown. Now new bars can apply through a public process to secure a Conditional Use Permit that allows them to operate Downtown. Applying for one starts at LCG’s Development and Planning Department. It then goes through a hearing with the City Zoning Commission. And finally it is considered by the City Council.

Parish Council

Final Adoption

No items

Introduction

IGA with Duson for infrastructure maintenance. This ordinance would authorize the mayor-president to enter an intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Duson for minor road and drainage maintenance improvements. In it, LCG will agree to complete projects under $40,000, and Duson will reimburse for expenses.

City Council

Resolutions

Fightinville Fresh. This resolution requests the State Office of Public Health and the Lafayette Parish Health Unit to recognize the farm stand as a state fair and festival. Fightingville Fresh is a neighborhood farmer’s market located at 315 W. Simcoe St. and is open Tuesdays 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

Mental health and wellness program for police. This resolution authorizes the seeking of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for law enforcement mental health and wellness programs.

Report

Overdose Deaths in Lafayette Parish, requested by City Councilmember Andy Naquin.

Final Adoption

Old bars/lounges become new again. This ordinance will approve Conditional Use Permits to operate a bar/lounge at 203 Jefferson St. and at 110 East Cypress St. in the old Dat Dog location. This ordinance will approve a CUP to operate a bar/lounge for the new owners of Artmosphere.

Naming the old city hall after Phil Lank. This ordinance would name the old city hall at 735 Jefferson St. in honor of Phillip Lank. Lank was a longtime community advocate, former community development director and co-founder of Festival International who died in January.

Introduction

Repealing panhandling laws. This ordinance will repeal in its entirety Lafayette’s law against “Begging and Soliciting Money” and will also repeal a portion of the criminal mischief ordinance. LCG is currently getting sued in federal court over panhandlers’ First Amendment right to ask people for help.

Joint Items

Final Adoption

New rules for food trucks, take two. This ordinance is the second attempt to adopt new rules. An earlier version was tabled to get more input from food truck vendors. This revision increases permit costs from $200 to $300, instead of $400 as originally planned, and would credit vendors who have already purchased permits.

Introduction

No notable items

Property

Below is a table collecting council actions related to property, such as rezonings, annexations and disposition of adjudicated properties.

AddressApprovalAction
103 Simon Latour RdParish CouncilNon-warranty cash sale to adjoining landowner
224 Paul Breaux AveJoint CouncilNon-warranty cash sale to adjoining landowner
200 Block North Dugas RoadCity CouncilAnnexation and zone as RS-1