With the formal introduction Monday of a proposed new master plan for Gonzales to the City Council, the work of more than a year is poised for a public hearing and a vote by the council on Aug. 24.

The plan, developed by the Center for Planning Excellence of Baton Rouge, calls for turning the oldest section of Gonzales into a renewed downtown, capitalizing on a commuter train line that may one day go through the city and encouraging more diversity in housing options, including townhomes and courtyard homes.

The new plan awaiting a vote would replace the current one, which was created in 1997.

“We were trying to fix the problems we saw (with the old plan), but we didn’t have the manpower to do it,” Frank Cagnolatti, chairman of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, said Monday.

“The old plan was like trying to do a Google search on a typewriter,” said Commissioner Terry Richey.

Also on Monday, the developers of Conway Plantation, a mixed-used community to be built on 344 acres on La. 44 just south of Interstate 10, got the OK to move ahead with phase one of the project.

That initial work will include 339 residential lots, as well as the construction on 43 acres of commercial sites and multifamily sites.

Prescott Bailey, area president for the project’s developer, Southern Lifestyle Development of Lafayette, has said the company plans to break ground on the project by the end of the year.

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