By this time next year, Louisiana could be well on its way to tangible riverfront development.

The city council has approved a proposal from the Bicentennial Riverfront Commission for better use of the area along the Mississippi River.

The first phase includes acquiring properties. That will be followed by projects which organizers call functional and user-friendly.

The four-year process will include partners to help pay the bill, which totals more than $80,000. A fund drive is expected to start soon.

Some of the projects will be done in time for the city’s bicentennial in 2017.