City Council voted unanimously May 1 to create a mitigation plan to address the effects of infill development in the South Lamar neighborhood.
The resolution is in response to neighborhood concerns about flooding as a result of new developments in the area as well as the need to improve sidewalk and street infrastructure to accommodate the growing area, which is located just east of South Lamar Boulevard and north of Ben White Boulevard. The resolution also seeks solutions to the degradation of area creek beds as well as the loss of vegetation and the neighborhood's tree canopy.
"We will use [South Lamar] as a study area to develop tools and ideas ... that we can apply to all the neighborhoods experiencing the same problems," Councilwoman Laura Morrison said. "We need to ask more and do more proactive mitigation to avoid getting in the situation we're in at [the] South Lamar [neighborhood]."
The approved resolution requires city staff to present a timeline for a mitigation plan to council by Aug. 15.