- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

SCOTT, La. (AP) - There will be no new mobile parks or dirt pits in the city of Scott, and future development in general will be more orderly under new regulations set to go into effect Jan. 1.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1C0HUhq ) the new land-use code, approved by the city council this month, will bring comprehensive development regulations to a city that now has few restrictions.

“It gives us a great opportunity to grow our community and not look back 20 years down the road and say, ‘What did we do?’ ” Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison said.

The regulations carve the city up into several different districts and spell out what types of developments can be built in each - rural residential, suburban residential, industrial, urban commercial or urban center.

The idea is to maintain the character of Scott, so the new districts are drawn based on existing development patterns, Morrison said.

He said the regulations ensure new developments are in line with the city’s overall vision for growth and that objectionable ones are kept out.

“Definitely, trailer parks will be no more, and dirt pits will be no more. It will protect our current residents from some obnoxious use that would come in,” Morrison said. “Now, the city will have regulations and rules in place where we can walk in and stop that type of business.”

The new code does not apply to existing developments and does allow for some wiggle room.

For example, a mechanic shop would not be allowed in a rural residential area, but a bed-and-breakfast would be OK if the administration signs off on it. And a hotel might be allowed if the developer secures approval from the Planning Commission and the City Council.

The extra layers of approval allow city officials the option of proposing additional requirements to offset the impact of a new business, such as fences, landscaping and buffer space, said Pat Logan, who oversees planning for Scott.

Scott is the latest city to implement development regulations in a parish where there were few guidelines outside the city of Lafayette until five years ago.

Broussard began phasing in zoning in 2009.

Carencro adopted a land-use code in 2009, the Lafayette City-Parish Council in 2012 adopted a land-use plan for rural areas of the parish, and Youngsville followed suit with a similar land-use code last year.

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