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Progress on Vision Recommendations

In September 2011, the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) adopted the 2011 Downtown Vision as a guide for public decisions related to development within the downtown commercial area. Since then, a number of recommendations within the plan have been accomplished and LURA has begun other work to further the goals of the Vision. The following list provides an overview of accomplishments since the plan's adoption:

  • March 2014 Two picnic tables with umbrellas were installed at Festival Plaza.
  • February/March 2014 Two new public parking lot agreements were approved by LURA.
  • January 2014 — LURA installed 6 bicycle racks on the northern end of Public Road.
  • September 2013 — LURA completed a public parking project at 103 N. Public Road and also installed bicycle racks on Simpson Street.
  • July 2013 — LURA approved an economic development agreement with The Post Brewing Company for the purposes of redeveloping 105 W. Emma Street into a brew pub/restaurant.
  • June 2013 — A mural for Old Town Lafayette was painted at the corner of S. Public and S. Boulder Roads to act as a gateway sign for the downtown business area.
  • May 2013 — LURA held a joint workshop with the Latino Advisorty Board to brainstorm ideas about downtown sidewalk maintenance in the winter and creating additional cultural/shopping attractions downtown.
  • Spring 2013 — LURA held several "Coffee with Urban Renewal" events to gather public input about downtown. 
  • March 2013 — LURA held a joint workshop with the Historic Preservation Board to brainstorm ideas for historic tourism, promoting Lafayette's history, and downtown development.
  • February 2013 — LURA held a joint workshop with the Cultural Arts Commission and Public Art Committee to brainstorm ideas for more creative, diverse and eclectic elements into the downtown streetscape.
  • January 22, 2013 — LURA reviewed a draft 5-year budget forecast.
  • January 8, 2013 — LURA approved a lease agreement for public parking at 103 N. Public Road.  
  • January 8, 2013 — LURA selected Old Town identifier signage designs that will be located on U.S. Highway 287. The first of these signs is planned to be located at the southeast intersection of U.S. Highway 287 and Baseline Road and to incorporate an electronic message board component.
  • Winter 2012-2013 — The new Old Town logo was added to the highway directional sign located on U.S. Highway 287 south
    of Public Drive.
  • Spring/Summer 2012 — Crews repaired and replaced flagstone along the downtown business corridor sidewalk and added new sections of flagstone in key areas. Public Road got a new look in 2012 thanks to new landscaping, which included the addition of new trees and perennials, roughly 50 rock elements in various planter beds and drip irrigation. The cost of the landscaping project was approximately $33,000.
  • June 2012 — Mayor Carolyn Cutler named seven new LURA commissioners to sit on the new citizen board.
  • May 15, 2012 — LURA selected Jennifer Davis’ “Icons & Ironwork” logo as the new logo for the downtown corridor. Davis’ design was selected from among 50 entries to a logo contest in which artists were asked to submit designs reflecting downtown’s “creative, diverse, and eclectic” brand.
  • April 2012 — City Council amended the city’s mixed-use regulations, changing the ratio to allow a maximum 5% commercial, 95% residential.
  • March 2012 — The Lafayette City Council amended the urban renewal plan to allow for a citizen LURA board and added multi-family residential as a stand-alone use with a special-use review in the Old Town Urban Renewal Area.

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