Luncheon with Chuck Marohn

Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) is making preparations for PlanLafayette Week.  PlanLafayette Week begins next week and will also be marked by the release of the draft comprehensive plan.


Officials have said that the draft plan will be organized into four "big ideas.”  The events that comprise PlanLafayette Week will be structured around educating the public about the action items recommended in those four big ideas.


Leading up to the week, LCG officials will give previews of the four big ideas and some of the bigger action items associated with each element.


The next idea, Refine Government, relates the action items in the plan that address making the best use of tax dollars to build a smarter, more efficient government for all residents of Lafayette Parish. 

Chuck will host two lunches on Monday, February 10th on the top floor of the IberiaBank building downtown.  Tickets include lunch and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Plan Lafayette: Refine Government

Monday, February 10th

Session A: 11am-12:15pm

Session B: 12:30pm-1:45pm

IBERIABANK, 200 W Congress St, Downtown Lafayette


A preview of some of the key action items includes:

·       Develop a streamlined, easier to use Unified Development Code

·       Strengthen our transportation network for all users by reducing congestion and improving connectivity

·       Utilize best practices to guide development and redevelopment of existing centers (e.g. Downtown), emerging centers (e.g., Milton) and corridors (e.g., Johnston Street), including the prioritization of "complete street” design.

·       Analyze potential return on investment before spending tax dollars on capital improvements


The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has agreed to partner with LCG on promoting this theme by bringing to Lafayette Chuck Marohn who is recognized nationally as a leader on how communities can grow smarter in a fiscally responsible manner.  


"The Downtown Development Authority is so excited to be a part of bringing Chuck to Lafayette.  Chuck is known nationally as one of the strongest conservative voices about how important it is to think differently about spending our infrastructure dollars as a community, as well as the unintended consequences of many of our existing regulations.  I think many of the principles he advocates are reflected in our comprehensive plan.  The timing is perfect for Chuck to visit and begin to help us understand how we can make wiser spending decisions,” said Nathan Norris, CEO of the Downtown Development Authority.

About Charles Marohn

Charles Marohn, known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues, is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.

He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1), the primary author of the Strong Towns Blog ( and the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and See it Differently TV.

Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he graduated from Brainerd High School in 1991. Chuck joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. Besides being passionate about planning and small towns, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and is a season ticket holder of the Minnesota Twins.

Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters and two Samoyeds just north of Baxter, Minnesota.

About the comprehensive plan and PlanLafayette Week

PlanLafayette Week will be a celebration of the draft comprehensive plan and its planning concepts. The public will have an opportunity to give feedback on the draft plan that has been developed after a two year long community-wide effort.


The draft plan will be presented at two events which conclude PlanLafayette week on Tuesday, February 11 at the LITE Center from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday, February 12 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.


LCG has partnered with several other community institutions to host activities around the plan’s other three big themes: Reinvent the Hub City, Revitalize Neighborhoods, and Reenvision Natural Resources. 




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