Nelson Overlay District

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An Innovation in Livable/Workable Communities


The Nelson Overlay District was created to encourage development and redevelopment along Nelson Road, to improve the neighborhood characteristics of the area, and to improve the overall quality of the surrounding community.

A survey was conducted to assess issues related to rezoning, landscaping, signage, lighting, buffers, commercial building design requirements, setbacks and parking. The assessment area extended from the incorporated limits of Lake Charles south of Country Club Road to Tank Farm Road.

The initiatives of the survey were needed to ensure that the design of the Nelson Road corridor would serve the local transportation, economic and aesthetic needs of the Parish while meeting the concerns of the residents along Nelson Road.

The Nelson Overlay District is a proactive approach for zoning and development regulations that serve to enhance the character.

 To review Nelson Overlay District regulations, click HERE - Review Zoning, Chapter 26, Article V.(printable).  This requires Adobe Acrobat.

To review the Land Use Study that produced the Nelson Overlay District, click here.

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