YOUNGSVILLE — Although Youngsville is the fastest-growing city in Louisiana, until Thursday night, it had no official city motto.
The City Council remedied that omission by adopting a slogan reflecting its location in sugar cane country: “Youngsville: ‘Where life is sweeter.’?”
The motto is the brainchild of an MBA class at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which earlier this year also presented Youngsville with a growth guidance plan.
“Our city has grown leaps and bounds in a short amount of time with much more to come,” Councilman Matt Romero said. “The new motto represents Youngsville’s heritage of sugar cane farmers, their land and, still to this day, the happiest place to live. Life is truly sweeter for all of our residents.”
Mayor Ken Ritter said he loves the motto and the homage it pays to the city’s heritage. The unofficial city motto had been “Louisiana’s community of opportunities.” Ritter admitted to being the only one who embraced that one.
“I am happy to relinquish and I will start using the new one,” the mayor said. “It speaks to our roots in agriculture and our quality of life.”
Also on Thursday, the City Council temporarily waived restrictions on an undeveloped 60-acre tract until the property is sold.
The land — owned by Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center — is near Hart D Farm Road and the Youngsville Highway. Lourdes will retain 2 acres of the tract and is trying to sell the other 58 acres, Ritter said.
Once the land is sold and development plans are proposed, possibly for a subdivision, the city may come back and reimpose or possibly revise the restrictions.
“The developer is just trying to make the numbers work,” Ritter said.
“I think the potential buyer may have been getting a little nervous as to what else we would make them do. We want to be business friendly.”
Ritter said there are no plans for the land, but he thinks it will more than likely be a residential development.
He said waiving the restrictions does not jeopardize the standards the city will have for the development.
“We want to make sure the buildings are of high quality and stand the test of time,” he said. “Sometimes when it comes to our planning group, they have perfect-world scenarios in place with connectivity and things like that. Once you get the individual concerns of the developers, that’s why we waive a lot of conditions.”