YOUNGSVILLE — With Youngsville still rapidly growing, the council now has a proposed 10-year master plan to guide development in the city.
City Engineer Pamela Granger presented the plan to the council. The document includes a growth guidance plan, applicable ordinances and design development that will serve as an official road map for the growth of the city — the first of its kind.
“The master plan outlines existing infrastructure issues and recommends a preventive maintenance program,” Granger said. “It sets forth goals of resolving existing infrastructure issues while minimizing future issues by performing routine maintenance in accordance with industry standards.”
Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter said fewer than half of Youngsville residents surveyed as part of the plan said they were satisfied with the city’s approach to growth. Ritter said it was part of his campaign platform to implement a master plan.
The mayor plans to ask the council to adopt a resolution to accept the plan at the Dec. 10 meeting.
Granger said the master plan accounts for the concerns of existing residents, including those lifelong Youngsville residents “whose hard work and character have contributed to shaping the quality of life associated with Youngsville.”
The master plan’s statistics come from a 10-month analysis of day-to-day city engineering, meetings with city staff and consultants, and a review of city and parish files. The plan found that drainage requirements were too low and the utility fee doesn’t cover operations, maintenance or repairs. It also found that Youngsville’s residents are most dissatisfied with the current state of roads and drainage.
Ritter said finding out those were residents’ concerns did not come as a shock.
“I wasn’t surprised that a majority of residents are concerned with roads and drainage,” Ritter said. “That’s what I’m concerned with, as well. This plan gives us the road map to providing critical infrastructure needs for our city.”
In the plan, the completion of more than 20 road and bridge projects in and around Youngsville are mapped out, including the widening and reconstruction of Chemin Metairie Road. The Larriviere Road reconstruction in 2017, completion of a new City Hall in 2018, the Fortune Road reconstruction in 2019 and the widening of La. 89 in 2021 were the most expensive portions of the master plan.
The total capital improvement costs in the master plan are an estimated $50 million over the 10-year duration. Ritter said that every concern brought to their attention was addressed.
“This plan was written in a manner to manage and implement growth and development in smart, efficient and cost-effective manner,” Ritter said. “This will not sit on a shelf. It will be used to guide our movements forward.”