- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) - Officials have unveiled a 10-year master plan for Youngsville, whose population has grown more than 450 percent since 1990 and is expected to double again by 2023.

Mayor Ken Ritter told local media Tuesday that the plan is a document that will be adopted by the Youngsville City Council early next year to help guide the community. It includes a list of projects, their costs and a timeline for the projected completion date.

The plan prioritizes projects based on need and funding.

It also recommends providing workshops for developers, contractors and business owners on how to apply for building permits and strongly enforce the city’s erosion and sediment runoff regulations.

The document identifies tens of millions of dollars in road and drainage improvements officials want done by 2024.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1QqNjut ) the plan has been in the works for the past 10 months and runs 555 pages.

“This is a plan that’s not going to lead to another plan,” Ritter said before Tuesday’s town hall meeting began. “This is going to get things done.”

City Engineer Pamela Granger told the audience that in compiling information for the plan, she and her team rode over every inch of the city’s 77 miles of roads to assess their condition. And they hurried to gauge drainage at problem flooding areas when the rain fell hard.

Ritter said the master plan is the city’s first such plan, even though Youngsville has for years had the fastest-growing, or among the two fastest-growing, population in Louisiana. The number of Youngsville’s residents, mostly white and high-wage earners, is expected to grow from 13,000 to around 26,000 or more by 2023.

Some of Youngsville’s residents helped craft the plan by participating in a survey. The answers were clarifying to officials: For instance, almost 54 percent were dissatisfied with the condition of the roads, and one-third were dissatisfied with how well they thought the city had planned for growth.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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