Downtown Development Programs and Tools
Let us help you guide your project to success in one of South Louisiana’s most exciting Downtown districts.
One of Downtown Development Authority’s major focus areas is to ensure the Downtown district is clean, attractive, and safe. We work together with property owners, prospective businesses, and Lafayette Consolidated Government to create an active and vibrant environment in Downtown Lafayette.
Main street revitalization is a nationwide trend that yields outstanding results. The rehabilitation of facades can enhance a historic shopping district’s vibrancy, drastically improve walkability and livability, and strengthen local businesses. Facade improvement programs have the potential to create a ripple effect which can result in new investments and new customers for existing businesses. Improving the quality of our downtown streetscape is paramount to DDA’s success in its general mission of physical, economic and cultural revitalization of the Downtown district.
The newly implemented Facade Improvement Grant program helps Downtown property owners make capital improvements to storefronts with assistance from DDA. The Facade Improvement program has a total of $60,000 allocated for 2020. The DDA will match up to 50% of eligible project costs with a cap at $20,000 per project.
In 2019, DDA began a program to install awnings on storefronts in Downtown. So far, 16 awnings have been installed at 10 businesses throughout Downtown. These awnings create a cohesive image for the Downtown streetscape, give needed shade in certain areas, and make storefronts more inviting to potential customers.
For more information about the DDA awning initiative, contact Hunter Hebert.
Conditional Use Permit Toolkit
New bars and lounges in Downtown Lafayette must be granted a Conditional Use Permit by the Lafayette Planning and Zoning Commission and City-Parish Council in order to operate. Our toolkit can help to prepare you for the process of stakeholder outreach, business plan compilation, and the official submission and review of your CUP application.
View the LCG application for a Conditional Use Permit for a Bar/Lounge in the“D” Downtown Zoning District (application on page 5).
Streetscape and Parc Improvements
DDA works to make Downtown cleaner, safer and more beautiful by adding awnings to various storefronts, collaborating with LCG to improve parcs, and aiding in the creation of new parklets.