The Lafayette City-Parish Government has come one step further in adopting the Unified Development Code as part of the PlanLafayette initiative.

The LCG Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to adopt the Unified Development Code, with all of its current amendments. The Commission will now present the measure, that will standardize, streamline and coordinate land use and environmental issues and also outline new zoning districts within the city, to the LCG Council for introduction at its March 21 meeting. The council will vote to adopt the code at its April 5 meeting.

"This is a process that began in 2012," Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Bruce Conque told KPEL. "In June of last year, this commission formally approved PlanLafayette, Now, this next step, the implementation of a Unified Development Code continues that protocol that is needed to bring Lafayette forward into the future."

Conque stressed to the standing-room only crowd at the Clifton Chenier Center tonight that although the Code will be sent to the City-Parish Council for introduction, there is still time to make amendments before its formal adoption.