Jun 5, 2013 3:29 PM by MELISSA CANONE
NEW IBERIA, La. - After nearly six years, countless hours of community meetings, and millions of dollars in investment, Iberia Parish's first Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) development is set to "turn dirt" on Monday, June 10, 2013, at 12:00 Noon.
Located on the rapidly growing north side of Bayou Teche along Old Jeanerette and Emile Verret Roads (LA 87 and LA 3195), Teche Ridge is the first master planned, smart-growth neighborhood to be developed under Iberia Parish's parallel TND Ordinance.
Designed by Steve Oubre of Architects Southwest - the architect/land planner behind Lafayette's River Ranch and Youngsville's Sugar Mill Pond -Teche Ridge finally brings to Iberia Parish the beautiful design, "walkability," and smart-growth lifestyle offered by these successful neighborhoods developed in neighboring Lafayette Parish.
Says Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc. (SMHA) President and Chief Executive Officer Lorna Bourg, "After watching TNDs being built all around us, it is extremely gratifying to know that SMHA's work removing the barriers to smart growth development in Iberia Parish has made this day possible - finally, a TND that offers the intergenerational living and walkable lifestyle today's families want is available in our own parish."
When completely built out over the next ten to fifteen years, Teche Ridge will provide approximately 600 homes, commercial and civic space on nearly 100 acres, resulting in economic impact of over a half billion dollars in Iberia Parish.