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The Livingston Parish Comprehensive Master Plan Steering Committee has affirmed plan recommendations. In the next few days, the Steering Committee is expected to endorse the plan for approval and send the plan onto the Planning Commission and the Council.
The parish is tentatively scheduled for two adoption meetings with the Planning Commission and two additional adoption meetings with the Parish Council. The tentative Planning Commission meetings are scheduled on April 10th and April 17th. The plan will be available on the project website (www.envisionlivingston.com) for public review as of April 1st.
As a preview of the plan, the key concepts of the Plan are:
- The parish is projected, and has the capacity, to double in population over the next 30 years. As development pressure increases, if we want to preserve our quality of life we have to plan ahead.
- Growth pressure is following a “barbell” pattern from the west and east sides of the parish. Large areas of the parish will not experience development pressure, and don’t need extensive planning or regulation.
- Attracting good businesses is important to our sustainability.
- The loss of sales tax revenue hinders our ability to provide amenities as well as necessities.
- Predictability and appearance is important to those we want to move here.
- Future economic success in the parish will be dependent on:
- An interconnected system of major roads
- Regional sewer
- Added capacity for domestic water service
We’ve been talking about these needs for years; it’s time to get organized to bring them about.
- Development follows sewer / roads, and vice-versa.
Where we invest in infrastructure (roads, water and sewer will influence where development occurs. Where development occurs will influence where infrastructure is needed. To get the “big stuff” right we need to coordinate where we invest in our resources
- Growing our infrastructure incrementally is less expensive than scattered growth.
- Minimum cost to maintain new roads
- Services less expensive
- Can’t afford leap frog development
- Being considerate of neighbors will make the parish a better place to live and work
- For those living here now, and those to come, we need to find ways to avoid locating incompatible uses next to each other
Key recommendations of the plan include:
- Use the Anticipated Land Use map as an initial/interim guide for land use and infrastructure decisions.
- Adopt zoning, and basic design guidelines in the critical Hwy 190/I-12 “economic corridor” to encourage needed, quality economic development (employment and commercial uses).
- Begin working with individual sub-areas (“self-determination” areas) of the parish to determine the degree to which they wish to increase predictability of land uses. Incorporate their plans into an update of the CMP.
- Adopt the Major Streets Plan of the CMP and use it to make sure that future development doesn’t preclude the ability to create an interconnected system of roads to reduce congestion in the parish. Update the Major Streets Plan.
- Convene “summit meetings” of water and sewer providers to begin the process of planning how to provide the necessary services that will enable sustainable growth of the parish.
Team releases DRAFT White Papers, identifies options for Livingston Parish’s future public investment.
Yes, the Comprehensive Master Plan is still progressing. Over the last several months, interrupted by a several-week delay due to Hurricane Isaac, the team has been working closely with the Comprehensive Master Plan Steering Committee (appointed by the Parish Council and the Parish President’s Office), to
a) synthesize the public input received at the first round of public meetings, and
b) formulate preliminary recommendations to present to the pubic at the next round of public meetings,
expected to be held in early November.
After an initial delay last Fall due to the parish elections, the Parish’s Comprehensive Parish Master Plan got underway in January of this year. The first several months were spent meeting in over 20 meetings with a variety of local groups to better understand issues facing the parish. In late April, the first round of public meetings was held at 8 locations throughout the parish.
As a result of that initial input the top 4 issues facing the parish were:
- Traffic congestion
- Improving regional sewer treatment
- Finding a way to bring greater predictability to new development
With the help of the Steering Committee, the master plan team has completed a series of DRAFT “white papers” on individual topics (transportation, sewer, drainage, land use, etc.). The papers, first introduced to the Steering Committee and parish officials in July, described the current issues facing the parish, and then proposed possible directions as to how the parish could efficiently and effectively address them to accommodate future expected growth in the parish.
These draft papers are a work-in-progress. As they are reviewed by the Steering Committee, additional modifications will be made. Initial briefings on the “white papers” and emerging recommendations are being given to the Parish Council and the Parish President’s Office in the next several weeks.
Input on the refined concepts will be solicited from the general public via the second round of public meetings, currently being scheduled for November, and by comments through the website and Steering Committee members.
The review first “white papers” to be released are Transportation, Wastewater Treatment and Future Land Use and can be downloaded: DRAFT White Papers