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Pointe Coupee Support Committee May 21st, 2008


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Pointe Coupee Support Committee May 21st, 2008

  1. 1. Pointe Coupee Parish Comprehensive Plan Civic Leader Research Findings Presentation to Support Committee May 21, 2008
  2. 2. Agenda  Logo discussion  Summary of Stakeholder Interviews  Guiding Principle work session (Hands on work session to prioritize key citizen values)  Review and correct base map  Discussion, Questions & Comments
  3. 3. Discussions – April and May 2008 21 discussion groups and calls 32 participants
  4. 4. What do you like the most about living in the parish?  Rural ambiance; small town; simple life  Cozy, laid back feel  The people  The water – rivers and lakes  Sense of community  Have lived here all my life and can’t imagine living elsewhere  Love the land – open spaces here  Feel safe
  5. 5. … We have a beautiful parish – rich in soil and a lot of love… we need to try to preserve it
  6. 6. What do you like the least?  Education system  State and parish roads  Littering  Resistance to change  Territorial attitude
  7. 7. Biggest threat to quality of life?  Education system  Drugs  Change without direction  Uncontrolled growth, loss of rural ambiance  No skilled workforce  No jobs to keep young people in parish  Financial instability  Infrastructure needs, especially sewage treatment  Rules are not enforced
  8. 8. Biggest hopes for parish planning process?  Cohesive plan that is fair to all  Job opportunities for people in the parish  Plan that encourages proper development & maintains character  People come together to get this plan done  Protect natural beauty and agricultural uses  Make decisions that result in the most good for most people  Provide affordable housing  Need to come together in the middle and compromise and find out where need to be
  9. 9. Biggest hopes for parish planning process?  Come up with a plan for smart growth, a plan that is safe – that our people may grow old with – safe environment, healthy environment, take care of children, health needs, get young people back here for economic development and growth and plan for future  Plan that is usable and practical - don’t want something so far out there that it is not usable – people want things to remain as is
  10. 10. Biggest hopes for parish planning process?  That the residents both native and non native see the potential for growth. And that we see with planned growth we can preserve the quality of life that we hold so dear  Growth is going to happen whether we want it or not, but citizens should have a part in shaping the growth and not let it hit us over the head, unprepared
  11. 11. What will make the plan most successful?  Involving all the people; having good public input  Address the needs of all the people in the parish  For people to realize this is a plan for the future and is not something that is being forced on us – and that plans change, grow, and get molded along the way
  12. 12. Biggest obstacle for the plan to be successful?  Not getting community buy-in  Short sightedness - failure to follow through  Focus on individual interests rather than the betterment of entire parish  People not coming together – continue fighting with each other  Everyone won’t agree with plan – can’t make everyone happy  Selfishness
  13. 13. Priority focus areas  Rural ambiance; small town character  Jobs  Retain agricultural lifestyle  Bridge impacts  Sewage issues
  14. 14. Most significant or important issue facing the parish today?  Education  Properly regulated growth  All residents having opportunities for jobs  New industry to provide jobs  How to grow while preserving our good things about quality of life  Bridge  Growth – having good growth  Be prepared and have plans for changes that are coming  Services needed for low income population  Flooding
  15. 15. Best economic asset to build on?  Agriculture  Location  Land  Mississippi River and False River
  16. 16. What kind of growth?  Growth in existing towns and communities  Maintain rural ambiance  Industrial  Services and retail
  17. 17. Where do you want the growth?  Primarily around existing towns and villages  Around Audubon bridge  A few say all over  Along state highways
  18. 18. Changes: The new bridge  Positive, encourage growth and provide better access  Positive, will connect with eastern parishes  Crime may increase  People may move to other parishes
  19. 19. Areas where new development should not occur?  Farms and agricultural lands  Environmental areas
  20. 20. Are you concerned about any environmental issues?  No  Sewage/solid waste issues  Derailments  Potential for visual clutter
  21. 21. Is there a racial division in the parish?  Yes/No  We need to be the same and the parish will be better for it  There is but not a sharp division  In some instances people are treated differently  Economic division is a sharper division  Long term/new residents division
  22. 22. Property rights  We need to keep what we have, keep our property rights intact – not do away with these rights… we are under too much control now – we need permits for everything.  People should have the right to do what they want on their property – have own resources – should be allowed to do what want.
  23. 23. Property rights  We need equity in our land use and regulatory structures  People do not want a repeat of Hospital road – with a hodge podge mixture of uses, and no consistency  Property owners want to know that their land is protected from noxious uses that can come in adjacent to them  There should be some type of regulations – it is not right for neighbors to bring my value down – should have some type of protections in place
  24. 24. Dreams for future  Educated, productive children; productive education system  Like to see planned growth with good jobs for all citizens  Businesses that can employ people produced by our education system  Business opportunities that can enable children to come back to the parish after educated  Lots of green space - for recreation and for agriculture  More public access to natural resources and attractions that we do have here  Structured growth that appeals to the people but maintains the historic nature and the setting that we have now – which can happen with careful planning
  25. 25. Guiding Principle Work Session Livable Community - Growth  Retain the rural small town feel of our parish.  Focus new housing and jobs in existing developed areas already served by infrastructure.  Focus new housing and jobs in the area around the new bridge.  Encourage new homes and jobs throughout the parish.  Provide quality housing and schools for people working in the Parish, Baton Rouge and other surrounding areas.  Encourage investment throughout the parish.  Do not change the parish.
  26. 26. Guiding Principle Work Session Livable Community – Land Use/Housing  Protect and maintain agricultural uses.  Provide attractive and safe neighborhoods and commercial areas in which to live, work and visit.  Develop more residential areas like we have today.  Provide more opportunities to shop for basic needs in the parish, perhaps even regional scale retail.  Allow for a larger variety of housing options – in both style and size.  Focus smaller lot and multi-family housing toward existing hubs of activity.  Design new residential areas with ‘personality’ so that residents may experience a sense of community and place.  Ensure that the parish has adequate housing supply at the right cost to meet the demands.  Protect what we have and plan for the future by using planning tools such as subdivision and zoning regulations and strategic investment in infrastructure.
  27. 27. Guiding Principle Work Session Livable Community - Transportation  Properly scale streets to fit their surroundings to ensure safety and attractiveness.  Direct new development toward areas where there is adequate roads to accommodate growth.  Provide safe and efficient access to Baton Rouge and surrounding communities.  Provide safe and convenient access to housing, jobs, shopping, and services in all areas of the parish.  Provide alternative transportation services for people without cars.  Provide more trails and bike paths throughout the parish for all residents.
  28. 28. Guiding Principle Work Session Prosperous Economy  Attract new industry to the parish and provide quality jobs for parish residents.  Encourage entrepreneurs and plan for a variety of jobs for parish residents.  Center economic development opportunities around the new Audubon Bridge.  Explore economic development opportunities that capitalize on the Parish’s unique river and lake location.  Capitalize on the quality of life, natural beauty, diversity, cultural assets and uniqueness of the parish to attract new business.  Provide infrastructure – transportation, water and sewer - to encourage future growth.  Enhance our town areas and expand retail and services in them.  Promote scenic recreation opportunities.  Develop training programs for the parish workforce.
  29. 29. Guiding Principle Work Session Healthy Environment  Preserve the natural beauty and open space of the parish.  Promote development that contributes to cleaner air and water and preservation of natural resources.  Provide access to parks and open space for all residents and locate new parks and open spaces throughout the parish.  Provide adequate sewer facilities to existing and new development.  Make it easier to walk to places – provide more walkable connections from homes to services.  Reduce dumping and trash in the parish.  Improve the water quality of False River and protect this important asset.  Eliminate affluent into our waterways.
  30. 30. Guiding Principle Work Session Opportunity and Equity  Increase the amount of affordable housing in the parish.  Accommodate a variety of housing types to appeal to people at all income levels, in a variety of locations.  All residents should have equal access to quality housing, jobs, education and health care.  Strive for greater engagement in government and other civic activities for people of all ethnicities and cultures.  Maintain quality civic activities, from schools to parks for all parish citizens.  Develop a mechanism for ongoing citizen education, involvement and input into the parish decision making processes.  Establish and consistently implement equitable land use regulations, policies and procedures.  Improve the educational system.  Provide public access to the False River.  Upgrade existing housing.  Prepare a plan that is good for all parish citizens; raise the quality of life of all citizens.
  31. 31. Base Map  Review & discussion
  32. 32. Next Steps  Guiding principles  Opportunities and constraints  Development types and scenarios  Parish workshop  Small area workshop  Strategies  Comprehensive Plan Draft  Implementation
  33. 33. Thank you! Questions/Comments?