PlanLafayette Week


  • Upcoming Events
  • June 12, 6 pm, University Avenue Final Public Meeting (#3)​, Bridge Ministry of Acadiana 


PlanLafayette Week Schedule Released
Sign Up for the Free Workshops to be held Oct. 30 – Nov. 3
View the calend​ar and RSVP/register for events today!​
During the week of Oct. 29, Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) will once again host “PlanLafayette Week.” 2018 marks the fourth iteration of the weeklong series of events focused on Lafayette’s Comprehensive Plan, which has been in effect since 2014.
LCG is collaborating with several community institutions to host activities throughout the week centered on infrastructure, neighborhood planning, smart city efforts, grant writing, historic preservation, Project Front Yard, and the CREATE Initiative. The week also combines public and private collaboration with the Opportunity Machine’s Innovation Conference Nov. 1-3 featuring a CREATE challenge track with teams competing for the best solution to three CREATE challenges. 
There’s even something for the kids! Join the Lafayette Police Department, The Millennial Networking Group and The705 to meet your neighborhood precinct captain at Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Lafayette Police Department.
Thanks to the support of generous partners, all activities will be free of charge, although some events require registration or RSVP to ensure adequate space. All event details, including registration information and location can also be found at
Calendar of events is as follows:  


Monday, Oct. 29  |  11 a.m.  |  CREATE: Fundraising Workshop
You may be ready, but are your board and your donors ready? This informative session will guide you through the questions organizations and their boards need to be asking themselves in order to assess… Are you ready for a Capital Fundraising Campaign? Get the Details!


Monday, Oct. 29  |  11:30 a.m.  |  Multi-functional Infrastructure Projects
Making the most use out of our roads, parks, drainage projects.


Monday, Oct. 29  |  12 p.m.   |  CREATE: PACE Teaching Artist Class Invitation
Ever wonder exactly what PACE is and what happens in a class? Join us to see Creative Movement Teaching Artist, Theresa Wasiloski in action in Mrs. Graham’s 1st grade Class at Middlebrook Elementary. Program directors will briefly explain the program and its goals, the Teaching Artist will explain a bit about the day’s lesson and then we’ll visit a class to see it in action! Group sizes are limited so pre-registration is required. Meet at the front office to join the group.


Monday, Oct. 29  |  1:30 p.m.  |  Bike Facility Workshop 
Help plan Lafayette's bike network - Get the details!


Monday, Oct. 29  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Complete Buildings make Complete Streets
Learn from the developer of the Less Pay site how street design and public infrastructure matter to successful buildings! 


Tuesday, Oct. 30  |  8:30 a.m.  |  Ride Lafayette Panel on Public Transit
Public Transportation is in the business of moving people with many improvements made possible through public private partnerships to improve the experience for everyone. Get the details!


Tuesday, Oct. 30  |  10 a.m.  |  Neighborhood Planning Seminar
Ever wonder what it would take to become a neighborhood organization? Want to know how you can make an impact on distressed properties? This two-part session will arm you with the knowledge you need for both. Get the details!


Tuesday, Oct. 30  |  2 p.m.  |  Street Trees as Multi-Taskers in Public-Private-Partnerships
Trees can be champions of good for streets and public spaces. Learn about LCG's new Street Tree Policy and how your organization or business can plant trees through public-private-partnerships. Get the details!


Tuesday, Oct. 30  |  4 p.m.  |  CREATE: How to Use Storytelling for Social Media and PR Success 
We all have a story to tell and that goes for your business, organization, project, or maybe it's your own story. During this social media workshop, you'll learn the latest tools of the trade from marketing gurus, Rodney and Laurel Hess from Rally Marketing. Get the details!


Tuesday, Oct. 30  |  6 p.m.  |  CREATE: Parks & Recreation Open House
Learn more about our Parks and Recreation Department and special programming that may surprise you during an Open House event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, Tuesday, October 30 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Get the details!


Wednesday, Oct. 31  |  8 a.m.  |  Project Front Yard Summit
The half-day event will bring businesses, civic organizations and individuals together to address community beautification and encourage volunteerism. Get the details!


Wednesday, Oct. 31  |  8:15 a.m.  |  CREATE: PACE Teaching Artist Class Invitation
Ever wonder exactly what PACE is and what happens in a class? Join us to see Visual Arts Teaching Artist, Ben Guidry in action in Mrs. Guilbeau’s 1st grade Class at Prairie Elementary. 

Program directors will briefly explain the program and its goals, the Teaching Artist will explain a bit about the day’s lesson and then we’ll visit a class to see it in action! Group sizes are limited so pre-registration is required. Meet at the front office to join the group.



Wednesday, Oct. 31  |  12 p.m.  |  CREATE: Culture Means Business CREATE Forum
In Lafayette, we mean business, when we talk about our culture. It's what makes us who we are and it often makes the difference between someone staying or moving here. Talk with the CREATE team and locals who are embracing the cultural economy to strengthen Lafayette.



Wednesday, Oct. 31  |  2 p.m.  |  Lafayette: Our Roadmap to a Smarter City
What is a Smart City and how can Lafayette continue its reputation of Innovation with an Accent? The Smart City Roadmap for Lafayette is a new innovation with international partners working together to make Lafayette an even smarter city.​ Get the details!


Wednesday, Oct. 31  |  6 p.m.  |  Trunk or Treat with Lafayette Police
Meet your local neighborhood precinct captain at the Lafayette Police Department's Trunk or Treat with candy for all kids in grades K-5. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Get the details!


Thursday, Nov. 1  |  8:30 a.m.  |  HUD Capacity Building and Grant Writing Training (Day 1)
Applying for competitive federal funding? Join us for information to understand grant processes, board development and leveraging public-private-partnerships.



Thursday, Nov. 1  |  9 a.m.  |  CREATE: Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference Opening
Opportunity Machine's Innovation Conference (OMIC) is a three-day series of networking events, panel discussions, pitch competitions, educational sessions and keynote presentations that highlight innovation, creativity and forward thinking in business.



Thursday, Nov. 1  |  12:15 p.m.  |  CREATE: Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference CREATE Initiative Panel Discussion
Join in on a discussion about the CREATE Initiative featuring panelists, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux; Ben Berthelot, CEO of Lafayette Travel; Johnathan Williams, Founder of Love of People and Clare Cook, Founder of Basin Arts.



Friday, Nov. 2  |  8:30 a.m.  |  HUD Capacity Building and Grant Writing Training (Day 2)
Applying for competitive federal funding? Join us for information to understand grant processes, board development and leveraging public-private-partnerships. 



Friday, Nov. 2  |  9 a.m.  |  CREATE: Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference Creative Entrepreneurship with Enoch Elwell
Enoch Elwell comes to Lafayette from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Enoch’s dynamic workshop will offer insight on such topics as Entrepreneurial Ecosystem development, stages of community growth and growing grassroots efforts.



Friday, Nov. 2  |  10:30 a.m.  |  Practical Ways to Save Historic Buildings
Learn from historic building developers and historic preservation experts about the details on what makes the economics work for a successful historic rehabilitation project, and afterwards, watch a practical demonstration on how to restore historic wooden windows.



Friday, Nov. 2  |  11:30 a.m.  |  Stormwater Management: Best Practices From Near and Far
For more than a decade Louisiana has remained in a perpetual state of recovery as evidenced by the repeated disaster declarations and the billions of dollars allocated for disaster recovery. In August 2016, prolonged rainfall in south Louisiana, particularly in the Acadiana Region, resulted in catastrophic flooding. Impacts of the 2016 Flooding Event have led planners, engineers, local government and Universities to think differently about stormwater and watershed management. Acadiana has led the State of Louisiana in unprecedented collaboration which is evolving into a long-term, multi-jurisdictional effort to manage Louisiana watersheds. This panel discussion seeks to highlight national, state, and local best practices for stormwater and watershed management through the collaborative efforts of public, private, and institutions of higher education.



Friday, Nov. 2  |  2 p.m.  |  Historic Wooden Window Restoration
Participate in a workshop focusing on rehabilitation vs. replacement of wooden windows with a window repair and re-glazing demonstration by Staub Window Restorations.



Friday, Nov. 2  |  2:30 p.m.  |  CREATE: Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference Next Generation Blockchain Ecosystems with Joe Castille
Joe Castille is the co-founder of Crypto Research; a start-up based in Lafayette and will share current research and development focused on exceptional use cases that serve people and the public interest enabled by the global blockchain ecosystem.



Friday, Nov. 2  |  3:45 p.m.  |  CREATE: Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference Musical Instrument Library, M.I.Brary with Dr. Ryan Cazares
Dr. Cazares is an Optometrist and entrepreneur in Scott, LA and is also the singer and guitarist for local rock band Dr. C & the Gris Gris. In 2017, he was awarded $7,000 in grants to start the Lafayette Community M.I.Brary, or Musical Instrument Library. He’ll share the inspirational story about how the M.I.Brary was launched through the Lafayette Public Library, allowing library cardholders to check out musical instruments.



Saturday, Nov. 3 |  10 a.m.  |  University Avenue Corridor & Simcoe Corridor Study Area Bus Tour
Come join us on a free bus tour of the University Avenue Corridor and see how you can help revitalize the gateway into Lafayette! All ages welcome.



Saturday, Nov. 3  |  6 p.m.  |  CREATE: Opportunity Machine Innovation Conference Pitchers and Drafts
Pitchers and Drafts is a reverse pitch competition where Lafayette organizations pitch challenges to creative teams who will deploy solutions to pitch back for prizes and the potential to help develop and support the Lafayette Parish community. This year, the CREATE Initiative will present 3-4 challenges for registered teams to develop solutions for. Teams must consist of 2-6 people with 1-2 able to pitch their solution at the event. The winning team for this year’s competition will receive a stipend and a three-month Dream Up membership with the Opportunity Machine.


PlanLafayette Week 2017
Lafayette Consolidated Government hosted PlanLafayette Week August 21-26 with a variety of informative sessions focused on Lafayette’s Comprehensive Plan. Attendance for all events is free of charge, however space is limited and registration is required. LCG is partnering with several community partners to host activities.

  • COMPLETED! Monday, Aug. 21, 7:30 a.m. - Downtown Action Plan Update, Presented by Downtown Development Authority (DDA) (Download the report on the Downtown Action Plan here.
  • COMPLETED! Monday, Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m. - Rethinking PARK(ing), Presented by ReCover Acadiana, DDA, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited and Downtown Restaurant and Bar Association (click here for more information about PARK(ing) Day 2017)
  • COMPLETED! Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7:30 a.m. - Congress Case Study and LPTFA Campus Tour, Presented by Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority (Download the report here.)
  • COMPLETED! Tuesday, Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m. - Focus on Drainage: Development Workshop, Presented by REALTORS® Commercial Alliance of Acadiana (Download the presentation here.)

  • COMPLETED! Wednesday, Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. - Project Front Yard Summit, Presented by Lafayette Economic Development Authority (Download the compiled presentation deck here.)
  • COMPLETED! Thursday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. - Capacity-Building & Grant Writing Tips by Crystal Taylor-Jones, Presented by Housing & Urban Development New Orleans Field Office

  • COMPLETED! Thursday, Aug. 24, 12 p.m. - Housing & Redevelopment, A Panel Discussion, Presented by One Acadiana

  • COMPLETED! Thursday, Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. - Fair Housing Assessment: Open House, Presented by Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Community Development and Planning, Zoning & Development Departments

  • COMPLETED! Friday, Aug. 25, 7:30 a.m. - CREATE Summit, Day 1, Presented by Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission

  • COMPLETED! Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 a.m. - CREATE Summit, Day 2, Presented by Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission

PlanLafayette Week 2015
PlanLafayette Week was held from February 4-11, 2015. The second annual series of events demonstrated ongoing implementation of the plan's action items as well as those action items on the horizon. It also provided an opportunity to hear from planning experts from across the country as they shared their expertise to help move one or more action items along.
Events were sponsored by various community stakeholders who have a vested interest in one or more action items.
If you missed PlanLafayette Week, click the links below to watch the videos!
PlanLafayette Week 2014
Plan Lafayette Week was a successful celebration of the release of the core Comprehensive Plan document at Community Forum Series 4. There were fourteen events the week of February 5 to the 12, 2014. The week started with a Council Declaration on Tuesday, February 5 and was kicked off by Mayor-President, Joey Durel, at his State of the Parish address on Wednesday, February 6. The rest of the week was full of privately sponsored events that highlight the 4 Big Ideas of the Comprehensive Plan. Also, there were public meetings for three small areas that will demonstrate best practices in development. Last but not least, was a celebration of the Comprehensive Plan, at the Science Museum on Saturday ArtWalk that had more than 900 people walk through the exhibit. 
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