Historic preservation planning in the works

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Director of Community and Economic Development Lee Melancon on April 19, 2017.

Director of Community and Economic Development Lee Melancon and the City of Donaldsonville are working to encourage residents to participate in upcoming planning activities for the Historic District.

"We began this process in order to better educate our community on the importance of historic preservation, the expectations of the ordinance outlining historic preservation in Donaldsonville, and to allow residents and or business owners in the District an opportunity to give their input for the preservation plan in progress," Melancon said.

The next meeting is held at City Hall on May 2 at 6 p.m., and the last meeting will be held at the Inn on the River on May 13 at 9 a.m. Melancon has created a questionnaire, which is made available to all who attend these informative meetings.

The meetings are not too formal, and they do not require the attendees to stay for long. The point is to gather a general consensus of the communities needs and expectations when it comes to making decisions based on the Historic District's homes and businesses.

Moreover, Melancon has made a presentation of large info-boards with photographs of some of Donaldsonville's famous historic landmarks and federal preservation guidelines.

"This is a great opportunity for residents and business owners to get engaged in the process and learn more about why historic preservation is important and to understand some of the most common areas of concern for developing in the district," Melancon said.

Time is running out to have your voice heard. A sample questionnaire has been included for those interested in participating.