GONZALES — The Gonzales Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to recommend the proposed new comprehensive plan for the city, following a public hearing on the draft of the plan.
The Gonzales City Council will vote on the plan at its Aug. 10 meeting.
Gonzales resident Yolanda Martin was the only member of the public to comment at the public hearing Monday night, asking Janet Tharp, associate planning director with the Center for Planning Excellence, to describe the plan’s overall focus.
“Is it for more community growth or more business growth?” Martin asked.
“It’s really both,” said Tharp, whose organization developed the plan.
The city’s proposed comprehensive plan, Tharp said, would stabilize the city’s existing neighborhoods, create new types of housing and encourage new businesses that can provide services to industry.
“It’s creating a community where people can have jobs,” she said.
And, Tharp said, “there’s a real focus on downtown, bringing that back.”
The Gonzales City Council hired CPEX in April 2014, at a cost of $162,500, to create a new master plan to replace the current one, which dates to 1997.
“It’s a road map to our future,” Commissioner Terry Richey said of the proposal.
The Planning and Zoning Commission voted to accept the most recent draft of the plan, in which some editing changes had been made.
The Planning and Zoning Commission also approved, contingent upon approval by city engineer Jackie Baumann, the preliminary plat and site plan for phase 1 of the mixed-used community Conway Plantation, coming to Gonzales on La. 44 just south of Interstate 10.
Prescott Bailey, area president for the project’s developer, Southern Lifestyle Development of Lafayette, told the commission that the first phase will include 339 residential lots, as well as the construction on 43 acres of commercial sites and multifamily sites.
“We anticipate breaking ground by the end of the year,” Bailey said.