- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Alexandria officials are going to wait a little longer before bringing the proposed new Land Development Code up for a city council vote.

The Town Talk reports (https://townta.lk/1pnM8cX ) this will be the first major overhaul of the code since 1992, and it is undergoing some final revisions based on public comments before it is submitted for final approval.

“We’re going to let people continue to vet it,” Mayor Jacques Roy said about holding off on a vote on the new code. “We just want to make sure that when we launch anything of this magnitude that everybody’s comfortable with it.

“Mr. Fowler and I agreed we’d let there be a little more time for developers and other people to let it marinate,” Roy said, referring to City Council President Chuck Fowler.

“I think the delay is a positive thing,” allowing for some more tweaking to the document, Fowler said.

The new code is intended to streamline the planning and permit process for developers and to use concise, clear language for zoning and other land-development issues. Numerous public hearings have been held on proposed changes.

Roy said top developers “have told us that when you look at it compared to the code we’re under now, there’s no comparison.” He said most developers who have provided feedback are pleased with the proposed new code.

The mayor said he recommended delaying a final vote, although he expects it to come within a few months.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com


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