A series of public workshops on new rules to guide development in Lafayette are planned in July to help prepare architects and engineers for the changes that take effect in December.

The workshops on the Unified Development Code are mainly geared toward professionals, with two scheduled so far for architects and two for engineers, although additional workshops will be announced.

The hourlong workshops for architects will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday and at 9:30 a.m. July 10 at the Rosa Parks Multi-Modal Transportation Center, 101 Jefferson St.

The engineer-targeted workshops, also expected to last an hour, are scheduled at 2 p.m. July 14 and at 9 a.m. July 17 at the Public Works Administrative building, 1515 E. University Ave.

“We hope that we can answer all of the questions the development community, especially the designers, have,” said Jessica Cormier, an engineer with the city-parish government’s Public Works Department.

Cormier said she’s encouraged several architects and engineers to bring any developments they have to the workshops to be reviewed.

“We’ll go over it,” Cormier said. “We’ll see if they need any changes on them or if everything’s the same. We’re just letting them know what’s going to be different and what’s going to be exactly what they’re familiar with.”

The Unified Development Code, which was adopted in the spring by the Planning and Zoning Commission and in May by the Lafayette City-Parish Council, combines the rules from previous planning and zoning codes.

Also approved in the UDC are new zoning districts that will allow area developers to design multiuse developments that reflect the community’s vision of future development for Lafayette laid out in the comprehensive plan, PlanLafayette.

The UDC will go into effect on Dec. 7, although developers can voluntarily opt into the code sooner.