NORPC at a Glance

Who We Are

The New Orleans Regional Planning Commission is a board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent you on regional issues. The RPC is made up of elected officials and citizen members from eight parishes in Southeast Louisiana.

Who We Serve

We serve the people of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa Parishes.

Our Purpose

The Regional Planning Commission (RPC) represents the New Orleans metropolitan area on matters of regional importance, including transportation, economic development, and the environment. The RPC also functions as our region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

What is a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)?

MPOs are required by federal law in areas with a population of 50,000 or more. They are responsible for the creation and implementation of a long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan and a four-year Transportation Improvement Program.

NORPC’s Governing Bodies

Regional Planning Commission (RPC)

The RPC Board is composed of a variety of local elected officials and citizen members. The board meets monthly to discuss and vote on transportation project of regional import.

Transportation Policy Committee (TPC)

The Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) is made up of the RPC membership plus mayors from local municipalities and representatives from the maritime, freight, aviation industries, and public transportation providers. The Transportation Policy Committee is the governing body of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Unified Planning Work Program

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) describes the federally funded planning activities that the Regional Planning Commission will conduct and products that will be created in fiscal year 2021. The UPWP covers four Metropolitan Planning Areas (MPAs) in southeast Louisiana: New Orleans, South Tangipahoa, Slidell, and Covington- Mandeville.