CARENCRO — The City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt an ordinance establishing an overlay district for the Interstate 49 corridor surrounding Gloria Switch Road, University Avenue and Veterans Drive.
“We don’t want to govern the types of businesses that go there,” City Manager Jay Castille said. “It’s just going to put some guidelines in to protect those commercial corridors.”
Castille said businesses that wish to enter the corridors will be required to have a stucco front to their buildings, as opposed to metal, and must abide by city sign ordinances. All driveways will have to follow Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development regulations.
“We get blamed a lot for driveway issues,” Mayor Glenn Brasseaux said. “Driveways are regulated by DOTD. Not all businesses will get a driveway because of safety issues. Anybody who gets a driveway on a state highway has to go through DOTD. We are completely out of the picture.”
Castille said the goal will be to keep the color schemes neutral. Brasseaux made reference to the Louisiana Avenue corridor off of Interstate 10 in Lafayette as a model for what the council wishes to achieve.
“That (Louisiana Avenue) area is really coming out nice,” Brasseaux said. “That is the looks and aesthetics that we would like to have. … We just want something appealing.”
Castille added: “We just want to make sure certain businesses don’t come in and put in what they want. … They will still have to abide by the land use ordinance, but this ordinance tonight does not dictate business types, just the look.”
Brasseaux said the city continuously gets compliments on its library and community center. He said the goal is to keep businesses in line with that look.
“Our community center used to be just a metal building,” the mayor said. “We spent a lot of money adding stucco and brick and we basically want everything around that area to abide by those standards.”