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The Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes, is a 31 member board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent you on regional issues. This board is supported by a staff of 23 professionals with broad experience, and doctorates or masters degrees, in a variety of areas including urban and regional planning, community development, economics, engineering, government, history, law, landscape architecture, political science, sustainable development, transportation, geography and other disciplines.

DRAFT 2018 UPWP

The draft Fiscal Year 2018 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is now available for public review and comment. The UPWP describes all of the transportation studies and planning tasks the RPC intends to undertake in the upcoming fiscal year.

The RPC Transportation Policy Committee will receive comments from the public on this draft document at its next monthly meeting on April 11, 2017 at 12:30 PM, held at the Regional Transportation Management Center. You may also provide us with comments in writing by the same date. click here


U.S. 190/Collins Blvd. US 190B - LA 25 Open House Public Hearing

The Regional Planning Commission (RPC) for the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) will hold an open house public hearing to discuss the US 190 (Collins Blvd.) Widening Environmental Assessment (EA). Those interested may review detailed information contained in the EA, copies of which have been made available at: St. Tammany Parish Public Library (310 W. 21st Ave., Covington); RPC (10 Veterans Blvd., New Orleans); and DOTD District 62 (685 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond). The EA is also available at the RPC, DOTD, and St. Tammany Parish (STP) websites:

New Orleans Regional Planning Commission
Louisiana Department of Transportation Development
St. Tammany Parish Government Planning

Interested parties are invited to review the EA and are encouraged to attend the public hearing scheduled for:

Thursday, April 6, 2017
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
St. Tammany Parish Department of Public Works
620 N. Tyler Street
Covington, LA 70433

The public hearing will use an open house format. A prerecorded presentation describing project location, design features, impacts, schedule, and right-of-way requirements will run continuously, and project team representatives from RPC, DOTD, STP, and the engineering consultant (GEC) will be present to answer questions. Written statements may be submitted at the hearing or mailed prior to April 21, 2017, to Mr. Jeff Robinson at 8282 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

In the event a member of the public desires to participate in the public hearing and requires special assistance due to disability, please contact Mr. Jeff Robinson by mail at 8282 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806 at least five workdays prior to the meeting.    

To download a copy of the Environmental Assessment (EA) click here

LTRC Training Event Announcement

LTRC would like to invite you to attend a Design Guidelines Workshop at a location in your DOTD District. Please review the Workshop description below and use the link to register. There is limited space in this workshop. 

If you have any questions regarding registration, please feel free to contact me at Rebecca.Rizzutto@la.gov or 225-767-9187.  If you have any questions regarding the program content, please contact Josh at Joshua.Harrouch@la.gov or 225-242-4640.

Training Description

Instructor-led workshop on the new Design Guidelines to be used for replacement and major rehabilitation of interstates, miscellaneous reconstruction projects, and bridge replacements. The course provides an overview of the 10 elements listed in the new LaDOTD Minimum Design Guidelines document and highlights the major differences between the old and new guidelines. By implementing the new guidelines, designers will know what is acceptable, preferable, and when they need a waiver or exception.

Target Audience:

Design engineers, Consultants, Parish and Local Governments involved with transportation designing.

Registration

Registration link can be found here

Workshop Dates, Times and Locations:
(Times Subject to Change)

Date Time Place

March 3, 2017

10 am - 11:30 am

District 8 - Alexandria, LA

March 22, 2017

10 am - 11:30 am

District 2 - Bridge City, LA

March 23, 2017

2 pm - 3:30 pm

District 5 - Monroe, LA

March 24, 2017

9 am - 10:30 am

District 4 - Bossier City, L

March 30, 2017

10 am - 11:30 am

District 7 - Lake Charles, LA

March 30, 2017

2 pm - 3:30 pm

District 3 - Lafayette, LA

March 31, 2017

10 am - 11:30 am

District 61 -Hammondy, LA

April 4, 2017

10 am - 11:30 am
2 pm - 3:30pm

LTRC - Baton Rouge, LA

April 7, 2017

10 am - 11:30 am
2 pm - 3:30pm

LTRC - Baton Rouge, LA

Fees:
This workshop is available free of charge.


Delta Regional Authority Opens Application Period For State Economic Development Assistance Program

For the full press release and information on the Delta Regional Authority as well as eligibility requirements, click here

St. Claude Bridge Feasibility Study

The Regional Planning Commission conducted a technical evaluation of possible modifications to St. Claude Bridge on LA 46 over the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal to improve transit, pedestrian and bicycle safety. The report identifies three potential design alternatives to the lift span of the bridge, approach roadways and walkways, and service roads based on input from the Port, City, DOTD, RTA, SHPO, and Corp of Engineers. The alternatives work to address public concerns about crime, accessibility and overall non-motorized transportation safety.

To download a copy of the study click here

RPC Commemorates Bike to Work Day

Several RPC staffers participated in New Orleans Bike to Work Day, celebrated this year on Wednesday, April 10. One of numerous similar events held at different times of year across the country, Bike to Work Day aims to encourage the public to try bicycling as a mode of transportation and to call attention to the rights and needs of bicyclists as legal users of the road. In this photo, RPC staffers, from left, Karen Parsons, Meredith Soniat, Tricia Keffer, Dan Jatres, Maggie Woodruff and Emilie Bahr, head out to grab lunch on their bikes.  

Photo by Megan Leonard

Regional Planning Commision Assists with Conceptual Designs for Kenner Streetscape Improvements

The RPC and the City of Kenner, working with consultants GEC Inc. and M. Johanna Liebe, recently concluded a conceputal design process aimed at bringing a series of capital improvement projects outlined in the city's Kenner 2030: Strategic Plan for a Prosperous Future one step closer to implementation. The designs focused on three streetscape improvements that will enhance access, safety and quality of life for city residents.




















Williams Blvd, at Airline today (on left) and proposed (on right)

New Orleans Tourism Chief Discusses New Strategy for Attracting Visitors

Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, the city's leisure travel-promotion agency, spoke to the RPC Board in March about his organization's new approach to selling the city to visitors.

New Orleans has much more to offer than Bourbon Street, Romig said. "We need to be marketing what's found elsewhere in the city." To that end, the NOTMC has created a new website, followyournola.com, and online and TV ads that promote the architecture, food, music and people found outside of the French Quarter. The agency is marketing specifically to a group Romig dubbed "the experiential discoverers," those he described as drawn to the city in pursuit of authentic experiences unique to New Orleans.

Romig touted the economic value of tourism to the region. Visitors to New Orleans spent $6 billion in 2012, he said, adding that the New Orleans tourism industry is responsible for 78,000 jobs.

Although areas outside New Orleans are not presently included in the NOTMC's campaign, Romig said subsequent iterations of the website and other initiatives could promote activities and attractions beyond the city limits. "We look at New Orleans as the base camp of a visitor to this part of the state," he said.

New Orleans hosts roughly 9 million visitors annually, Romig said. Tourism numbers for 2013 had not yet been released at the time of his presentation, but Romig said the city is on pace to record the highest visitation

Magnolia
NOTMC's website followyournola.com is one component of the organization's new tourist-attraction strategy.

Census

CENSUS 2010: Download GIS files

(PL-171-redistricting data)

Census 2010 parish, tract, block group and block geographies joined with total population, population by race, and housing occupancy data.  These files are formatted as shapefiles for use in GIS software (download is a zipped file).    A methodology paper describing the RPC process of downloading and formatting categorical names and of summarizing race data is available with each download. 
For a quick map view demonstrating demographic changes between 2000 and 2010 please click on the hyperlink below and zoom into your specific area of interest:

NY Times: Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census


Census
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