The city-parish Planning & Zoning Commission on Monday is expected to consider adopting a new comprehensive plan to govern land use and development in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Future BR, the $1.9 million overhaul of the Horizon Plan, will then have to go to the Metro Council for adoption.
Ellen Miller, assist planning director for the city-parish, said Portland, Ore.-based consultant John Fregonese will present the draft of Future BR to the commission at its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Monday on the third floor of the Governmental Building, 222 St. Louis St.
The draft plan, created from input from dozens of public meetings, Fregonese & Associates’ computer models and input from various public agencies, was released to the public in June and has been fine-tuned in three public meetings since.
Miller said the public is welcome to comment and commissioners will have a chance to discuss the plan before voting on whether to adopt it.
The plan focuses on land use; urban design; neighborhood revitalization; transit and transportation goals and issues; parks and recreation; environment and conservation; housing; infrastructure; and economic development.
It also includes strategies for improving communication and coordination between city-parish departments and agencies and metrics to measure whether the plan is succeeding in economic and demographic terms in the coming years.
On a broader scale, Fregonese and local planning officials have said, the plan is about helping the parish capture its share of the metro area’s future population growth, rather than having it go disproportionately out to the suburbs.
Having a plan that guides improvements to traffic congestion and transit options and allows for a more diverse housing stock that encourages construction within the city’s infrastructure footprint is a key goal, Fregonese and Planning Director Troy Bunch have said.
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