Scott moves ahead with growth plan

SCOTT, La. (AP) — Scott officials are expected to begin developing regulations this year to implement a long-term plan for growth that emerged from a series of community forums in 2011.

The Scott 2032 plan addresses everything from landscaping and street design to preserving the city’s historic character and identifying the best locations for commercial and residential developments.

The Scott Planning Commission adopted the Scott 2032 plan last month, but the Scott City Council must decide what codes and laws are needed to implement the recommendations.

“Right now, the plan is a vision and a guide we can follow,” said Pat Logan, a retired associate director of public works for city-parish government hired by Scott to help implement the plan.

Logan said he expects the first wave of codes needed to implement the plan to be in place by mid-year, assuming approval by the council.

Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison said a critical component of the plan involves identifying which areas of the city should be open for residential, commercial and industrial development.

Still undecided is how strict those new development guidelines might be, but Morrison said he anticipates regulations that allow for adequate space between industrial and residential areas and possibly an outright ban on new mobile home parks.

“You might not see another trailer park in the city of Scott,” he said.

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