Oct 19, 2010 10:21 AM by Nichole Larkey

Lafayette looks to hire planning firm

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Consolidated Government is
looking for a planning consultant or firm to help officials create a comprehensive plan for Lafayette Parish.
A Request for Qualifications went out Monday, and responses are due by Nov. 5. Officials are hoping to receive responses from consultants around the country.
The consultant is expected to use ideas and concepts developed as part of the Lafayette In A Century effort. Those ideas touch on topics including land use, transportation, infrastructure, drainage and open space conservation.
However, most need to be refined and further developed before they are definitive enough to implement in actuality.
The idea is that the consultants will use the LINC document as a basis for their work.
According to the RFQ, the criteria for selecting the consultants will include how well a firm's philosophy matches up with the Lafayette community, culture and values; relevant experience and qualifications and familiarity with existing Lafayette planning efforts.
After Nov. 5, pre-qualified consultants will be announced, and a request for proposals will be issued to those pre-qualified teams.
Responses to that RFP are due in December, with interviews to follow in early January. LCG expects to announce its consultant selection by late January.
The Center for Planning Excellence in Baton Rouge helped develop the RFQ.


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