Vote on downtown bar zoning won’t come until July

The new main entrance, flanked by outdoor seating, is pictured at Artmosphere Bistro in Lafayette. Photo Credit: The Daily Advertiser

LAFAYETTE, La. (The Daily Advertiser) – A new policy on bars in Lafayette’s downtown district likely won’t come until July.

Lafayette Consolidated Government Planning, Zoning and Development director Carlee Alm-LaBar gave an update on the effort to shape a new policy to the LCG Zoning Commission on Monday.

As a new zoning policy is drafted, the department is working with law enforcement through a program called the Knowledge Effect, which researches issues like impaired driving, she said.

“There will not be anything in June to vote on as a form of policy proposal,” Alm-LaBar told the commission. “The earliest you would be able vote on something would be the July 20th meeting.”

The Lafayette City-Parish Council voted to limit the number of bars and clubs downtown in 2003. Only downtown buildings that housed bars when the moratorium went into effect 13 years ago can operate bars today.

Jim Peters, founder of the Responsible Hospitality Institute is coming to Lafayette as a consultant to assist with drafting a new policy. It will have to go before the Zoning Commission before final adoption,

Peters is expected to be at the commission’s June 13 meeting, Alm-LaBar said.

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