Public meetings to discuss Downtown Opelousas master plan

Posted at 7:03 AM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 08:03:10-05

The Opelousas Downtown Development District is preparing a master plan that will outline how the area will look and feel in the next few years.

And a series of public input meetings are scheduled for residents to share their thoughts on the plan.

Executive Director of St. Landry Economic Development, Bill Rodier and Economic Development Specialist, Taylor Lormand joined GMA to share more on the project.

Lormand says that Opelousas is at a pivotal point in its history as economic growth extends northward from Lafayette Parish.

That movement, according to Lormand, has prompted development organizations to initiate a new masterplan project to prepare the city for the future.

Rodier says that the downtown plan isn't just for Opelousas residents to share their input.

SLED hopes that residents from all over the parish will come together to share in the development of the area.

The first meeting happens on Tuesday, March 3 at the Opelousas Civic Center.

That charrette begins at 6:00 pm.

Rodier adds that they are hopeful these meetings will create a "pride of ownership" for all of St. Landry Parish.