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The Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission is a 9 member commission appointed by the Mayor of Lafayette and charged with preserving and protecting the historic and architecturally worthy buildings, structures, sites, monuments, streetscapes and neighborhoods which impart a distinct aesthetic quality to the City and serve as visible reminders of its historic heritage. The 9 members of the Historic Preservation Commission come from a variety of disciplines including contractors, architects, historians and historic building owners. The Commission was created by the City Council in April 1993 with City Ordinance 93-18 - at that time it was known as the Historic Review Board. The City Council approved City Ordinance 2010-11 to align with new State enabling legislation.
As of March 2022, Lafayette contained 10 National Register Historic Districts, and 49 Local Historic Districts.
Yes, this is one of the biggest misunderstandings of historic districts - there are 2 different types.
National Register Districts are established and determined to be important to American history, culture, architecture or archaeology by the National Park Service. Inclusion in a National Register Historic District is honorary and provides historic structures with limited protection from adverse effects by State and Federally related/funded projects.
Local Historic Districts are established by local city ordinance and are overseen by the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission. Designation as a Local Historic District does not prevent owners from making changes to their properties; it simply guides them towards the most appropriate options.
If and when a property owner wishes to make changes to the exterior of their property they are required to complete an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) and present their proposed changes to the Historic Preservation Commission.
If a property owner within a Local Historic District wishes to make a change to their property they are required to apply for approval in the form of a Certificate of Appropriateness, known as a COA. Depending on the type of proposed change the property owner completes a COA application and submits the completed form with supporting materials (photos/drawings/description of work) to the Economic Development Department.
Once submitted, the application is reviewed by staff to determine if approval from the full Commission is required - some changes can be approved by staff without a Commission meeting. If staff determines that the application needs to be approved by the Commission, a meeting is set with the Commission's COA Committee.
The 3-member COA Committee reviews the application and discusses the proposed changes with the property owner or their representative and ultimately makes a recommendation for approval or denial to the full Historic Preservation Commission at its regular monthly meeting. The full Commission reviews the COA application, takes comments on the proposed changes, and based on the information presented votes to approve or deny a COA. The regular monthly meetings of the Historic Preservation Commission are open to the public and allow time for public comment.
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is the approval granted to a property owner who has gone through the review process for exterior work on a structure or site located within a Local Historic District. The City Engineer's Office will not approve building or demolition permits for properties located within Local Historic Districts without a COA on file.
No. Since the Historic Preservation Ordinance was approved in 1993, 95% of the COAs reviewed have been approved by the Commission either based on the information submitted or with additional comments from the Commission.
Absolutely not. Although the Indiana State statute that provides local governments with an option to create a Historic Preservation Commission allows for the review of paint color, the Lafayette Historic Preservation Ordinance (Ordinance 2010-11) specifically states the Commission shall not govern new paint color of previously painted materials. Unpainted materials like brick, however, should remain unpainted. The Commission does have the authority to review and approve the color of permanent materials like glass, anodized aluminum and masonry.
Please review the Historic Preservation Commission Ordinance.
No, but additions to structures located within Local Historic Districts must be reviewed and approved by the Historic Preservation Commission. The Commission and its staff work with property owners and contractors who wish to enlarge structures to ensure the new addition does not detract from the architectural significance of the original historic structure.
Common design features that allow for additions to historic structures include small setbacks from the original wall line, alterations to the addition's roof line, cladding material, and repetition of fenestration (windows and doors) that complement or blend well with existing patterns.
Demolition of historic structures within a Local Historic District is not prohibited, but it is highly discouraged. If the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission denies a request to demolish a building within a Local Historic District, the property owner may appeal the decision and the request will be reviewed by a 3-member appeal board consisting of the Mayor or their designee, City Engineer or their designee, and a Board member of a local historic preservation-related organization (Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation, Indiana Landmarks, Tippecanoe County Historical Association, etc.) as appointed by the Mayor. The appeal board will review the request and either uphold or overturn the Commission's original decision.
No, but plans for new construction in a Local Historic District must be approved by the Historic Preservation Commission.
It is highly recommended that if you have plans for a new building on a vacant lot in a Local Historic District you should notify the Historic Preservation Commission early on in the planning process to ensure the design is compatible with the surrounding historic fabric. Attractive new construction can be designed to complement adjacent historic structures by paying close attention to features like lot placement, building orientation, scale, roof shape, massing, and fenestration (window and door placement).
One excellent example of new residential construction in a Local Historic District in Lafayette is located at 208 South 6th Street. The house is constructed completely of modern materials, but the way the building was designed makes it fit seamlessly with neighboring homes that were built more than a century earlier.
View a photo of the South 6th Street home.
Not necessarily. The members of the Historic Preservation Commission realize that all materials have a set life span, however, historic doors and windows were designed to allow for repair of individual components instead of full scale replacement.
The commission and its staff advocate for repair of existing historic windows and doors for a variety of reasons ranging from environmental factors, to material durability, to economic investment. In situations where historic windows and doors are deteriorated beyond repair the commission has approved installation of new windows and doors that match those being replaced in size and profile.
For information regarding what is considered environmental factors, material durability and economic investment, please visit the
A Local Historic District designation is one of the most effective ways to preserve and protect the City's unique historic structures and neighborhoods. Designation protects the investments of owners and residents by ensuring the historic features that make an area attractive are preserved.
Local Historic Districts are also environmentally friendly. Retention and reuse of historic materials prevents a significant amount of old and new material from being deposited in landfills. Preserving and protecting the historic architecture of the community establishes a unique identity, stabilizes neighborhoods, and protects the investments of property owners.
Yes, professional advice, information on different funding opportunities, recommendations for best practices for dealing with historic structures and access to a statewide network of historic building professionals are some of the resources offered through the Economic Development Department for properties listed as a Local Historic District.
If you have any questions concerning Local Historic Districts or the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission please contact John Collier with the Economic Development Department at (765) 807-1090 or by email.
Call Lafayette Renew before you call a plumber. We have professionals on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays.
The street sweepers will be in your area the day following your normal trash day. Due to the size of the areas, it may take 3-4 weeks to complete your area.
The Stormwater Department, a division of Lafayette Renew, is responsible for keeping the streets swept and clean of debris. Streets are swept by a predetermined route at least once every month. Unless there are unusual circumstances or debris in a street that pose a safety hazard, the sweeper operators do not deviate from the normal route on an individual request basis. Deviating from the normal route would cause delays in regular sweeping, and could contribute to streets being missed.
On average, we treat 16.6 million gallons of water per day. Our facility is designed to handle up to 66 million gallons of water per day during a rain event.
Lafayette Renew maintains the City of Lafayette's nearly 500 miles of storm and sanitary sewers.
The Utility Billing Office: (765) 807-1100
The Engineering Department: (765) 807-1050
Please download our Fun Guide to learn more about exciting family-friendly events going on in Lafayette this year. Events at your Lafayette parks, McAllister Recreation Center, and Columbian Park Zoo are all included!
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Please visit the following link for a map of available parking spaces around Columbian Park:Columbian Park Parking Map (PDF)
Registration for most McAllister programs can be done online by clicking here. The user just needs to create an account and then registration is simple and easy. For those not wanting to use the online option, registrations for all programs can either be done in person at the McAllister Center or in some cases, through the contractual instructor.
Fill out the online application.
Make an appointment to get electronically fingerprinted (currently 1 location in our area with a small fee).
Bring in the fingerprinting receipt and check or money order payable to the City of Lafayette for local fees Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Valid photo ID must be observed (i.e., Drivers License, State ID, Work ID, etc.).
Proof of residency must be shown (i.e., utility bill, recent mail with current address)
Local fee is $10.00 for 4 year permits, $40.00 for upgrade to a Lifetime Permit on a current license, or $50.00 for a New Lifetime Permit.
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Installation of a handicap parking space must be requested in writing from the Lafayette Parking Commission. The Commission will hear the request at 1 of its regularly scheduled quarterly meetings and issue a decision on it. The requestor must have no available off-street parking and have a legal handicap window tag or license plate.
Once installed, the handicap parking space is available to anyone with proper handicap certification on their vehicle. The space can not be reserved for the requestor's personal use. The handicap parking space will be reviewed every 2 years to determine if the need still exists, and there is no charge to the requestor to have a special parking space installed.
Garage sale permits are available in the Utility Billing Office for $1.00 each. Per City Code, residents are allowed to hold no more than two garage sales per calendar year.
In 2020, 1st year Probationary Officers (3rd Class) earn $56,165 annually. 2nd year officers (2nd Class) earn $59,447 annually. As you begin your 3rd year of service and earn the rank of 1st Class Patrol Officer you will earn $66,009.
The LPD accepts applications year round. Once your application is submitted complete and activated you will be invited to the next series of tests we conduct.
Often times there will be an advertised testing date. If your completed application is received and activated prior to that test date application deadline, you are likely to receive an invitation to that testing.
It really depends on the needs of the LPD. We are able to administer a hiring process (Test to Swear In) in as little 2 months. Other processes may take several months.
Indiana State Law and the 1977 Police and Firefighter Pension Fund dictate the age that an officer can be hired. http://www.in.gov/inprs/policeandfirefighters.htm
The minimum hiring age is 21. While the maximum age is 36. If you are a retired military veteran and served 20 years you are eligible to be hired up to 40 ½ years of age.
The LPD test the “Exit” standards as prescribed by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. The attached link offers what you need to know about those standards. http://www.in.gov/ilea/2338.htm.
Within 6 months, on a date and time of the LPD’s choosing, you can re-test. If you successfully pass the re-test, you are eligible to proceed in a hiring process.Should you fail the re-test or not show up for the re-test you will be eliminated from that hiring process. You would then be eligible to reapply one year from the re-test failure.
On the day of the test you will receive all of your study material. Prior to the test you will have 2 hours to study the provided material. There is no study material provided prior to the test date.
If you don’t meet the minimum testing requirement, you will be eliminated from that hiring process. You are eligible to reapply one year from the notification of the disqualifying test score.
If you have no full time police experience and are not previously certified through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) you can expect to be in training for your entire first year of service.
The LPD new hire training is extensive. A typical schedule will require that new officer(s) complete 6 weeks of in house training. The in-house training will consist of LPD Rules, Regulations and Policy instruction, Criminal Law, Traffic Law, Pre-Basic certification (Required by the ILEA), Defensive Tactics, Firearms Instruction & Qualification, City Ordinance instruction, City Orientation Instruction, Field Days among other areas of training and instruction.
The ILEA is currently 15 weeks in duration. http://www.in.gov/ilea/2380.htm
Our Field Training instruction is also extensive and generally consists of “6 rotations”, which are about 1 month in duration. You will complete field training with a different Field Training Officer (FTO) each month and you will also complete rotations with a Detective FTO and a Traffic Officer FTO.
Once you have satisfactorily completed the training and are approved for solo patrol you will be released from the training program.
Law enforcement is a para-military organization. We wear uniforms, we have a similar rank structure, and our profession requires leadership, discipline, courage and dedication.
A military background can be a great advantage.
We do not require a college degree. However, 75% of our officers either have an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree. 95% of the remaining officers have earned credits towards a college degree.
A college degree can be a great advantage.
I would encourage you to seek employment in some form of public service.
For example: EMT/paramedic service, corrections officer, 911 dispatcher, probation officer, volunteer firefighting, reserve police officer, etc.
These occupations have aspects of law enforcement embedded in them and could be an advantage.
The academy training is free of charge to a hired officer of the Lafayette Police Department, and since you are employee you will also be paid while in training.
Patrol Officers work 12 hour shifts. These shifts begin at varying times. As a patrol officer you will have every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday off.
Detectives work 10 hour shifts and have either Fri/Sat/Sun off or Sat/Sun/Mon off.
Administration works 8 hour shifts and have Sat/Sun off.
We have 148 sworn officers on the LPD. This makes LPD one of the largest departments in the state.
From May to September, please follow the “Small Yard Waste” rules. (All small yard waste must be put in paper bags or small cans (less than 35 gallons). Paper bags and cans should not exceed 30 lbs. in weight. If using cans, please call Dispatch at 807-1410 the day before your trash day; to alert us that the can has yard waste.)
Remove ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags, and tree stands, and then place your real holiday tree curbside. We will pick it up on your trash day.
This is the logo selected by the Tippecanoe Storm team to raise awareness that storm drain inlets discharge directly into local rivers and streams. A contest was held where area students (4th-12th grade and local college students) were invited to send in a drawing that represents the river, stormwater and/or protection as a theme. The winner was an interesting combination of all themes. The logo is composed of natural resources that need protection; a water droplet and a fish surrounded by waves of water. The logo will always be accompanied by the educational text "No Dumping - Drains to River."
The storm drain marking/stenciling program is a volunteer program. If your group is looking for community service activities, contact Don Emmert, the Tippecanoe County storm water educator to learn how to participate in the storm drain stenciling program.
The City of Lafayette is working with Tippecanoe County, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ivy Tech and the Towns of Dayton and Battle Ground to implement effective and consistent BMPs (Best Management Practice) across jurisdictional boundaries to ensure clean and safe waterways locally. The partnership publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep the community informed and updated about water quality issues within Tippecanoe County. Check out the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality's page for more information: http://www.tcpwq.org/.
Your water hardness is 19-22 grains per gallon.
One of our most popular programs, Creature Comforts visits are intended to be life enrichment opportunities for residents of assisted living, memory care and other health care facilities, as well as active senior citizen groups. If you decide to reserve a program, a Zoo Educator will visit your site along with several Animal Ambassadors and a fascinating Animal Artifact. Educators take time to share stories, memories, or fun facts about the Animal Ambassadors and artifacts presented, while also encouraging safe touching opportunities!
Creature Comforts start at $85 (travel fees apply to all visits outside the Greater Lafayette Area) and includes a 45-minute presentation with 3 Animal Ambassadors and 1 animal artifact. For program quality and animal wellbeing, participation is limited to 25 persons per presentation (including facility staff and guests). An alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided after all touching opportunities.
Generally, these programs are available weekdays, year-round. Both morning and afternoon time slots may be available.
This program can travel up to 60 minutes (one way) from Columbian Park Zoo. Travel fees apply to all visits outside of the Greater Lafayette area, and are billed based on round-trip travel time. For a travel fee quote, please contact us. Please note that longer travel times may reduce the variety of animals that could appear at your facility as some animals have a lower “time away” restrictions.
You can expect to meet 3 animals during your group presentation, but the specific animals you meet will be selected on the day of your program based on a variety of factors (including handler availability, weather considerations, training or veterinary schedules, and the animal’s choice of whether or not to participate). For this reason we cannot tell you in advance which animals you will meet, nor are we able to take special requests. Generally, you can expect to meet a variety of smaller, friendly Animal Ambassadors including small mammals (examples include chinchilla, rabbit, armadillo, guinea pig), birds (such as an owl or parrot), reptiles (such as lizards or small snakes), amphibians (frogs, salamanders), or invertebrate (friendly “bugs” like giant millipedes).
We often get asked for only “cute and cuddly” animals. Our mission is to promote an appreciation for ALL animals because they are all important in their own way. We believe every animal, just like every person, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We have found that including scaly and less traditional “cute” critters helps engage residents and provoke conversation, and maximizes our ability to offer touching opportunities. However, we recognize that some individuals have an aversion to certain animals and we respect personal boundaries. We never force any participant to touch or be close to an animal they do not wish to interact with!
If you have a resident with known phobia, or concerns about dementia-related aversive reactions, please discuss these prior to making your reservation. However, in the absence of these factors we strongly encourage you to give all of our Animal Ambassadors a chance. Staff members with a dislike of certain animals should plan to step out of the area while those are being presented. We will happily share with you at check-in which animals we have brought so that those planning decisions can be made.
An inside gathering area where the presenter can address the audience as a group. Ideally this area will be fully enclosed (not open to hallways or exterior doors).
The presentation space should not be used for food service during our visit for health and hygiene reasons.
No other animals should be present in the presentation space. Resident’s pets should not attend. Please remove and secure any facility dogs/cats/birds prior to our arrival.
Please seat your residents in a way that the presenter may move around the room to bring in-hand animals close to each participant for viewing and possible touching opportunities.
No special audio/visual equipment is required. Our presenters are used to speaking loudly! Sorry, we are unable to use hand-held microphones, headsets, or lapel mics due to animal safety concerns.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused businesses around the world to evaluate how best to protect their employees and the individuals they serve. We recognize that many facilities are returning to a “pre-pandemic normal,” while others continue to require a variety of measures including face coverings, vaccinations, social distancing, or rapid testing results for staff, visitors, and vendors. Prior to making your reservation, please discuss your facility’s current requirements with a reservation specialist to determine if they are compatible with the Zoo’s ability to comply.
Further, be aware that as part of the City of Lafayette municipal government, the Columbian Park Zoo is a public organization, rather than a private business. We adhere to all COVID-19 and public health parameters determined by the City of Lafayette.
At this time, the City of Lafayette is not requiring staff to wear facemasks, receive the COVID-19 vaccination, or disclose their vaccination status to the City. We cannot share the personal health information of our staff, including vaccination status or disease history, with you.
We cannot guarantee that your presenter will be a vaccinated individual, nor require the staff member to disclose that information directly to you.
Upon our arrival, if your facility indicates that any of these parameters are required in order for zoo staff to deliver the scheduled program, and the staff member refuses the request, your program will be automatically canceled and no refund will be issued.
All facilities are required to submit a signed acknowledgement of the COVID-19 and Public Health Policy prior to making their first reservation. This is to ensure we are all on the same page and so that we can avoid last minute cancellation that will disappoint your residents and be administratively costly.
Payment in full is due 30 days after your program date. We no longer require prepayment for this program. Payment can be made by check, organizational credit card, or through an online payment system. Contact us at email@example.com for questions.
STEP 1: SIGN THE COVID POLICY ACKNOWLEGEMENT
Prior to making your first reservation, your facility must submit a signed acknowledgement of our COVID-19 and Public Health Policy. This is to ensure that we are all on the same page and to avoid last minute cancellations that will only disappoint your residents and create administrative costs on both ends. This acknowledgement may require recompletion annually, or more frequently if policies are updated.
Contact the Zoo Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the process started!
STEP 2: WE WILL SET YOU UP AS A CLIENT
Once your facility has submitted this acknowledgement, we will set your facility up in our reservation system, CivicRec, as an approved client for Creature Comforts. (You need not interact with CivicRec or maintain any facility accounts – it is simply the system we use internally to ensure we adhere to state accounting rules for publicly-owned institutions.)
Each facility can have a single organizational account. However, facilities with multiple wings (memory care, assisted living, etc) can have separate sub-accounts each with their own contact person if you prefer. Your invoice will list your facility, the sub-account (if applicable) for which the service was reserved, the fee billed for the reservation, and a total account balance which will reflect all open invoices for all sub-accounts. Sorry, we are unable to adjust the way your invoice appears. You can view a sample invoice on our website at the link here: https://www.lafayette.in.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14630/Creature-Comforts-Sample-Invoice-Explanation
STEP 3: RESERVE YOUR DATE AND TIME
Contact our Education Department at email@example.com to reserve your date and time. You can also reserve by phone by calling (765) 807-1555. We are a small team with a very busy program schedule, so we appreciate your patience in receiving a call back. Email is generally the most efficient way to reach us!
STEP 4: WE’LL INVOICE YOU
Once you have made a reservation, you will receive an invoice and a copy of our W-9 by email. This email will generally come from firstname.lastname@example.org or from email@example.com. We will send one invoice per visit date. This invoice will reflect a due date of 30 days after your scheduled visit. Facilities with unpaid balances more than 90 days past due will be unable to schedule additional programs until their account is brought up to date.
Please note, for facilities working within a larger parent corporation: We understand that some such facilities use an accounts payable system which requires account creation and submission of invoices through a third-party platform. We are happy to work with you to get the Zoo set up initially as an approved vendor and will provide a W-9 with each invoice. We can also provide a certificate of insurance upon request. However, we are unable to submit invoices through third-party website or vendor management systems – due to the volume and diversity of programs we book, we simply do not have the administrative manpower to track and manage multiple different submission systems. We will send the invoice to you, and you may submit it through your own internal AP system as necessary. Likewise, we are unable to hold invoices or send them to you on a specific schedule. All invoices will be created and sent within a few days of making your reservation. You may always request a duplicate copy at a later date if you misplace one, or another need arises and we can happily send it again.
If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 14 days in advance of your program date in order to be eligible for cancellation of your charges. For cancellations that are received less than 14 days out, for example a flu or COVID outbreak at your facility, please contact us as soon as possible. We will work with you to determine if a reschedule is possible. Although it is never our wish to require payment for services that were not received, ultimately we must also cover the costs of providing these programs. Cancellations without sufficient notice may still be responsible for charges.
We are no longer able to offer discounted multi-visit packages, unfortunately. Your facility is welcome to book single visits, or schedule monthly, bimonthly or other regular visits if you’d like – we will do our best to find a regular time slot that works well for all. Each visit is billed separately and no standing “subscription” in involved.