Council Preview: Budget hearing; $16 million for University Avenue

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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
Budget Wrap Up

After this week’s budget hearing, the councils will host a wrap up meeting Aug. 30 to take up proposed amendments. The budget is scheduled for final adoption Sept. 8. From there, the mayor-president can sign the budget into law as-is, veto individual budget items or veto the whole thing. LCG must adopt a budget by Oct. 31.

Parish Council

Final Adoption

Broussard maintenance agreement. This ordinance authorizes LCG to help maintain roads and drainage infrastructure for the City of Broussard. Broussard will reimburse LCG.

$2 million for the Milton Water System. This ordinance appropriates American Rescue Plan funds for the Milton Water System. If passed, the Parish Council will have to amend the upcoming budget to remove at least $1.25 million from the mayor-president’s proposed ARPA projects.


Youngsville maintenance agreement. This ordinance authorizes LCG to help maintain roads and drainage infrastructure for the City of Youngsville. Youngsville will reimburse LCG.

Roundabouts.This ordinance for the E Broussard Road Roundabout Project and this ordinance for the W Broussard Road Roundabout Project empower the administration to acquire land either by purchasing it or expropriating it.

Special Joint Meeting

Public Hearing

2022/2023 Budget. This is the public’s opportunity to speak on any matters related to the proposed budget before the City and Parish Council enter final deliberations on what amendments to propose and vote on. If you want to have a say in how your city and/or parish tax dollars are budgeted, this is your best chance to do so.

City Council

Final Adoption

$16 million for the University Avenue Corridor. This ordinance adopts $12.5 million from the Federal Highway Administration and approves $3.5 million in local match. It also declares this project a public necessity, which authorizes the acquisition of land either amicably or through expropriation. This first phase involves three tracts on University Avenue north and south of Willow Street. The second phase of this project will ultimately include improvements to the intersections at Cameron Street, Madeline Avenue and Willow Street.


Steiner Lofts. Developers have appealed to the City Council to overturn the planning commission’s denial of their development plan. The project won majority support on the commission, which was shorthanded for the meeting, but fell short of the required number of votes to pass.


$750,000 in ARPA funds for local nonprofits. This ordinance appropriates these funds to the Community Development and Planning Department to then be disbursed to the Acadiana Black Nurses Association and SUN Wellness Center. To date, the City Council has not appropriated any of its ARPA funds to local nonprofits. It considered a proposal in July to appropriated $1 million to the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homeless & Housing, but that action was deferred.

Joint Items

Final Adoption

No items of significance.


HOME and CDBG fund distribution. Several ordinances up for approval distribute recurring federal grants to local nonprofits.

$340,000HOMELafayette Habitat for Humanity
$150,000HOMECatholic Charities of Acadiana
$80,000CDBGLafayette Habitat for Humanity
$150,000CDBGCatholic Charities of Acadiana
$75,000CDBGThe Extra Mile
$180,000CDBGAcadiana Cares


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

140 ½ Warren StCity CouncilOrder condemnation
1401 N. Saint Antoine StCity CouncilRezone from RM-1 to CM-1
325 W. Pinhook RdCity CouncilRezone from IH to CH
1100 Block Rue Du BelierCity CouncilConditional Use Permit for self-service storage facility
117 Liberty AveCity CouncilRezone from CH to MN-1
105, 107, 117, & 119 Martin St; 221 N. Pierce St; 203 Angelloz St; 206 & 207 Anne St; 201, 203, & 205 N. Washington StCity CouncilAdministrative rezoning from IL to RM-1, from IL to MN-1, from CH to RS-1