Lafayette, LA – The Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) Development and Planning Department has created the Administrative Adjudication Bureau (AAB) to expedite code violations, making the process more efficient and less time-consuming.
Code enforcement citations were previously addressed at Lafayette City Court. Rather than bogging down the court system, the Department of Development and Planning will now send citations to AAB Judge Travis Broussard to manage violations in-house.
“In the past our compliance process was long and arduous. With the new AAB, we will be quicker and more efficient in handling violations so that our city and parish residents can be proud of where they live,” LCG Development and Planning Department Director Mary Sliman said.
The AAB currently hears a variety of cases involving violations of the Lafayette Development Code (LDC), such as businesses unlawfully operating in an incorrect zoning district or developers who didn’t follow LDC regulations. The scope of the AAB will expand to also include violations of the junk vehicle ordinance, environmental quality, and building code and property maintenance.
The Development and Planning Department has 42 open cases dating back to October.
Penalties for violations could include levy fees, costs, monetary penalties, or order violators to correct violations within a stipulated time.
Cutline for photo: Judge Travis Broussard being sworn in at the February 23 Council meeting