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LCG gives final approval to economic development districts

Posted at 4:36 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 17:36:23-05

The Lafayette City-Parish Council held a special meeting today to finalize the agreements that create new economic development districts within Lafayette city limits.

The council approved those agreements at today's meeting, according to a report from The Advocate.

Special meetings were called for Thursday and Friday of this week to approve by-laws and select officers for the new tax districts.

Today's meeting was the final one for the consolidated council before it is split into separate city and parish councils in Monday, January 6.

Current Mayor-President Joel Robideaux told The Advocate that he will sign the agreements before he leaves office at 3 p.m. on Monday.

Five of the six proposed tax districts were approved at the last city-parish council meeting of 2019.

The approved districts are:

  • Downtown Lafayette Economic Development District
  • University Gateway Economic Development District
  • Trappey Economic Development District
  • Northway Economic Development District
  • Holy Rosary Institute Economic Development District

Mayor-President Joel Robideaux proposed the districts, with incoming Mayor-President Josh Guillory speaking out against them.

Most recently, a lawsuit was filed against the city of Lafayette in regards to the ordinances that created the districts.

With the agreements now approved, the incoming city council will assume oversight of the taxing districts.