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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.


Due to severe weather in the area and concerns for everyone's safety the Transportation Policy Meeting and the Regional Planning Meeting have been canecelled. The next Commission meeting will be May 12th.

DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement - Reserve to I-10 Connector, St. John the Baptist Parish

The Regional Planning Commission (RPC) has prepared, and the Federal Highway Administration has approved for public distribution, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a proposed new connector between US 61 (Airline Drive) and I-10 in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana .  The RPC is inviting interested citizens to attend a Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement document.  The Hearing location, and time is as follows:

Date:                Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time:                6:00 p. m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location:         Regala Park Gymnasium
                          200 Regala Park Drive.
                          Reserve, LA 70084

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Public Hearing Advertisement


The draft Fiscal Year 2015 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is now available for public review and comment.  The UPWP lists 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 May 12, 2015 at 12:30 PM, held at the Regional Transportation Management Center. You may also provide us with comments in writing by the same date.

Draft 2016 UPWP


RPC is in the midst of a public outreach effort aimed at engaging citizens on transportation priorities and challenges. Several community meetings have been held around the region, including New Orleans East, Kenner and on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish. Additionally, a survey has been disseminated to identify the public's transportation needs and ideas. The survey period is closed and RPC is compiling the results. Upon completion (Sept. 2014), a report will be available online and in print. Please check back here for a report on the results of your feedback.

If you would like to know more about this outreach effort, please call Nik Richard at 504-483-8535 or email at

RPC transportation planner and Title IX Coordinator Nik Richard, left, listens to residents’ thoughts about transportation-related priorities at a public meeting held June 11 in Kenner. .

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,, 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

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


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

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