Proposed UDC Review Committee meeting on Jul 25, 2011
Questions and Concerns by Members and Public
Facilitator: Christina Joyce-Wilson, Human Resources Director
Presenter: Jennifer Wallace, Assistant Director of Advanced Planning/Grants
Portions of the interesting dialogue and excerpts from the video:
0:00:40 – Facilitator says there will be more meetings if needed.
0:16:44 – Matt Redd: How much of this code is new material?
Ans: “… Just a smidgen,” said Jennifer Wallace.
0:17:27 – Says this UDC is pretty ‘scary’….
0:17:40 – Says it gives the Director too much power.
0:17:53 – This opens door to potential corruption.
0:17:59 – Director has heavy hand – more power than police jury.
Ans: “Written like this to expedite…not intended to take power away.”
0:22:05 – Tommy Eastman: Stated his name.
0:22:30 – Changes requested.
0:22:55 – Someone should be able to read the exact rules, no exceptions.
0:23:18 – How many will walk away without requesting exceptions?
0:24:02 – Some people do not like confrontation and will not mention needs.
0:24:40 – Land owners have to plead their case.
0:25:15 – Project could be going and getting money. (draws at various stages)
0:37:20 – Here is 552 pages with NO sewer plan..!!
0:38:50 – That ain’t gonna work..!!
Ans: “Don’t expect a perfect document….,” the facilitator said.
0:40:05 – I’m worried there won’t be enough changes….
0:41:00 – This is not the playground of 4th grade.
1:18:15 – Man asks if the restrictions are worth it.
Ans: “I hope it is better. We do have a sewer issue to work through.”
“The document needs to be tweaked a little bit,” said Jimmy Vickers
1:24:40 – Is it absolutely necessary to do this?
1:26:10 – I’m disappointed that the police jury did not inform the public…!!
1:27:13 – Citizens need to be informed about the meetings..!!
1:29:45 – Is the parish taking federal grant money?
Ans: “Not at this time,” said Jimmy Vickers.
1:35:55 – Facilitator says to have questions in by Aug 15.
UDC Review Committee Members
Realtor: (SWLA Association of Realtors)
Builder: (Home Builders Association of SWLA)
Architect: (American Institute of Architects SWLA)
Engineer: (Louisiana Engineering Society, Lake Charles Chapter)
Utilities: (Lake Charles Utility Coordinating Council)
Agricultural/Timber: (Division of Planning and Development Staff)
Citizens Task Force: (Division of Planning and Development Staff)
Developer: (Division of Planning and Development Staff)
At Large East Side: (Division of Planning and Development Staff)
At Large West Side: (Division of Planning and Development Staff)