Southern Lifestyle Development (SLD) is happy to announce that Carlee Alm-LaBar will be joining the team as the director of planning for Traditional Neighborhood Developments.
Alm-LaBar is the development and planning director for Lafayette Consolidated Government.
In her new position, Alm-LaBar will lead a team that drives the development of SLD’s 10 mixed-use neighborhoods in Louisiana and Mississippi. Those neighborhoods include Sugar Mill Pond, Couret Farms, and River Ranch in Lafayette Parish, as well as other neighborhoods in Lake Charles, Monroe, Thibodaux, and Jackson, Mississippi.
While at LCG, Alm-LaBar led the development and implementation of the parish’s first comprehensive plan and the new Unified Development Code. In 2017, she reorganized the Development and Planning Department, with an aim toward improving customer service and land-use planning. In addition to various efforts downtown, including the re-development of the old Federal Courthouse site and the repeal of the downtown bar moratorium, Alm-LaBar shepherded the work of the Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment Team, which recently proposed a series of improvements along the Evangeline Thruway corridor.
“Carlee is an exceptional talent,” SLD Managing Partner Robert Daigle said. “In her time with LCG, she has demonstrated the creativity, vision, and leadership necessary to build great places.”
SLD Chief Operating Officer Kevin Blanchard worked with Alm-LaBar previously at LCG.
“At SLD we work every day to build neighborhoods that improve the quality of the lives of our residents and the broader community,” Blanchard said. “Under Carlee’s leadership, we know that we will be better able to deliver on that mission.”
“I have had the privilege for the last eight years to be involved in some really meaningful projects and work with some very talented people,” Alm-LaBar said. “This next chapter promises to be a new kind of opportunity to participate in building better communities.”