The public will get its first look at concepts for transportation, land use and parks in the proposed South Baton Rouge health district next week.

A public meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at

The health district is in the Essen Lane-Bluebonnet Boulevard-Perkins Road area. The medical corridor was identified as a key district in need of redevelopment in the FutureBR comprehensive plan that was established in 2011. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which is overseeing the master plan, has selected Perkins+Will to create a master plan for the area. Since January, consultants with Perkins+Will have been getting comments from key stakeholders, such as Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, General Health Systems, Woman’s Hospital, Ochsner Medical Center, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and The Neuromedical Center.

The plan for the district will address traffic issues and guide smart growth in an area that is already a busy hub for the local health care industry and has more than $500 million in new medical facilities planned for the next decade.