Lafayette

Oct 10, 2011 10:59 PM by Shawn Kline

Scott to see radical changes; community pitches ideas

The City of Scott could see some radical new changes as part of its comprehensive plan.
From economic development, to architecture and tourism, planners say the changes are ready to happen.

The City of Scott could grow by as many as 5,000 people in the next 20-years so the city is coming up with a plan to keep the small town atmosphere while promoting that growth.

The 'city where the west begins' is, as odd as this sounds, looking for a new beginning.

"I say today, 'it's the new west'," Mayor Purvis Morrison said. "Scott, Louisiana is open for business, Scott is trying to make the community a good quality of life for everyone."

Mayor Morrison has a vision for the city to grow and develop but at the same time, keep its heritage. The plan is already in place to develop an historic district; a downtown the city doesn't have.

"We have a great opportunity to grow on I-10 but that doesn't affect the core of Scott." Mayor Morrison says, "(I-10) brings in the tax dollars, it brings in the visitors but that doesn't affect the core."

The plan, being developed throughout this week, is all based on community feedback. It's a week-long public interaction with planners to talk about what residents want to see 20-years from now.

From an historic district to the city keeping its railroad roots, the vision of Scott 2032 is being made this week. The comprehensive plan even has its own facebook page; search: Scott 2032.

The plan is expected to be finalized at the beginning of next year.

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