Monday, May 20, 2019
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – This week, the Louisiana Office of Community Development (Louisiana OCD) released resilience strategies for 6 Louisiana Parishes, including St. John the Baptist Parish, through the Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) program.
The final plan, the product of a year-long community driven planning process, proposes solutions to physical, social, and economic vulnerabilities within St. John Parish. In addition to the development of a long-range plan, the LA SAFE program provided $6 million to the Parish to design and construct stormwater management and transportation enhancements along Airline Highway and Main Street in LaPlace. This project aims to reduce flooding, provide enhanced transportation options, and attract reinvestment to two major commercial corridors while serving as a model for future resilience projects throughout Louisiana.
Several key recommendations of the plan include:
· Manage flooding and subsidence through updated water management programs and policies;
· Create safe and vibrant communities that attract and retain residents of all ages;
· Improve mobility throughout the Parish by promoting multiple modes of transportation;
· Strengthen and diversify local economies by enhancing coordination among schools and local industry;
· Protect and promote historic and cultural assets of the Parish.
“Following extensive community outreach, this plan helps demonstrate the potential for St. John Parish to continue moving towards a more resilient future and complements recent investments in projects like the Westshore Lake Pontchartrain Risk Reduction Project, Airline and Main Complete Streets, and the LaPlace Multi-Modal Transportation Center Plan,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom, “I am proud to join our state and federal partners in the release of this plan to create a more livable and safer St. John Parish.
The LA SAFE program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Disaster Resilience Competition and managed by Louisiana OCD. For more information on the LA SAFE strategies, please visit www.lasafe.la.gov. For more information on Parish resilience projects and initiatives, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 985-651-5565