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Brody LeBlanc along with his wife Kristen, a nurse practitioner, and daughter Amelie stand outside their new home on in Maurice. Brody LeBlanc along with his wife, Kristen, a nurse practitioner, and daughter Amelie outside their new home on in Maurice. Brody LeBlanc threw out a wide net when he began looking for a home in the Lafayette area over the summer.

A physician hired on with Our Lady of Lourdes over the summer, he and his wife, Kristen, wanted to be in a place that was small but still not far from Lafayette. Wherever they landed, it also had to be an area that was growing. So when their realtor, Mandy Luquette, mentioned the village of Maurice, it checked all the boxes for LeBlanc, who is also a Vermilion Parish native.

The couple built a home in the new Vincent Trace subdivision that backs up to the Mendoza Ford dealership, which is also newly built. Maurice, he noted, is not the same drive-thru spot on the map that LeBlanc remembered while growing up in Henry. We can get anywhere we need to be in 30 minutes.

The traffic is not bad. Enough people have moved to the village of Maurice that it earned the title of the fastest-growing municipality in the state since So many that village officials will have to shed their title of village and move up to be a town.

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Population grew from in to 2, in the Census released earlier this month, a growth rate of Lafayette Parish was the only parish in the Acadiana region that grew in population in the past decade and the growth in some areas in the sou…. Yes, people are still moving to Youngsville and Broussard.

Those areas made up almost a third of all home sold in Lafayette Parish through the first half of the year. Maurice's growth rate is partly due to a small sample size. Where the millennials thought they wanted to be living in the urban core, now they are fleeing to the suburbs. He knew the growth was coming. Knew it for decades, in fact, dating back to when the local school burned down in the early 80s and Vermilion Parish school officials considered not reopening it.

Oh, and that census data figure that put Maurice as the fastest-growing city in the state? The village, make that town, has probably gained another since then. We presented those things to the school board, and they thought he was crazy. Come to find out, he was right. But about then he got wind that four large subdivisions would soon be under construction in Maurice, bringing between and homes. Home construction has been one of the big winners during the pandemic with more people improving their homes and soaring home construction, which has been the case in the Maurice area.

In the zip code, which encompasses the corporate limits and nearby areas, there were home starts between andMLS data shows. Sincethere have beendespite a moratorium village officials enacted for over a year while they upgraded the overloaded municipal water and sewer systems. More are on the way. Builders, Daigle said, are starting to ask for lots in the Maurice area.

All of this is really being driven by people wanting to get out of the rat race and traffic in Lafayette and have access to Lafayette and have access to really, really good schools. Home sales have also increased in recent years, peaking in withnearly tripling the from four years earlier. Already this year 90 have been sold. It could also use a sit-down restaurant, Theriot noted, since The Eatery closed last fall.

Those options will keep people in Maurice and, he hopes, keep the small-town charm that makes it attractive. Yes, the village has a zoning ordinance, but leaders work hard to maintain that small-town feel, said Anne Falgout, executive director of the Vermilion Economic Development Alliance. A village means a certain thing. It means closeness, family and community-oriented.

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We want to try as much as possible to keep it. Those businesses generate sales tax revenue, which has grown ificantly, but also keep people in Maurice. Without that full-service grocery store or restaurant, residents are buying groceries and dining in Lafayette. And if it is to become the next Youngsville or Broussard — each with large sports complexes and other amenities to make it attractive to home buyers — leaders there have work to do.

Nunu's Country Market is looking to upgrade its small shop in residential Maurice, giving the small village south of Lafayette its first full-…. Also a former firefighter and former village alderman, he has seen other families, lured by the high-performing schools and small-town charm, move to the village in bunches. But he also sees them leaving Maurice to spend money. Try to get people from the south side of Lafayette and make it attractive for them to come to us to spend money.

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