Public Comment for Unified Development Code Rewrite Opens, President Cooper Announces

President Mike Cooper is encouraging citizens to provide feedback on the newly rewritten Unified Development Code (UDC), a modernization of development guidelines, as the public comment period has opened.

“Ensuring a more resilient, sustainable future for St. Tammany, with our citizens’ values in mind, is at the forefront of my administration,” said Cooper. “Many of the challenges that we experience today are due to the outdated current development code. The modernization of the UDC clarifies development standards and offsets the impacts of proposed construction, while guiding tree preservation, land clearing and subdivision review procedures.”

The UDC is a combination of traditional land use and subdivision regulations, including design guidelines and water management standards that guide development projects and permitting requirements. The modernized code will consolidate and simplify rules for zoning, land use, permitting, subdivision regulations, water management, tree preservation and other development guidelines.

The current development standards and code were written in 2010 and do not meet the needs of development today, or for the future of St. Tammany.

For more information regarding the rewritten Unified Development Code, please click here.

Citizens can submit a public comment by clicking here.


President Cooper Announces Household Hazardous Waste Day

President Mike Cooper has announced the 2023 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2023.

“Household Hazardous Waste Day is an important day for many of our families in St. Tammany Parish,” said President Cooper. “I encourage all of our citizens to look around your homes and garages for any hazardous waste and allow us to properly dispose of it.”

The event will take place in the St. Tammany Parish Government Complex parking lot at 21454 Koop Drive from 8 a.m. – Noon.

The collection event is for residential hazardous waste only. For more information on what can be dropped off, please visit the Keep St. Tammany Beautiful website here.


President Cooper Announces $48 Million Investment In Water & Sewer Infrastructure

Parish President Mike Cooper has announced a $48 million investment in water and sewer infrastructure in St. Tammany Parish, utilizing federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocated to the Parish and State.

The initiative, which includes three separate projects, is focused on creating resiliency, consolidating water systems and improving water quality.

“This allocation renews my commitment to ensuring that every citizen of St. Tammany Parish has safe drinking water and reliable water and sewer infrastructure,” said President Cooper. “Improving our strong quality of life is among my top priorities as Parish President and these initiatives will make a great impact on our citizens’ lives. These projects are the direct result of state, local and federal colleagues working together, and I am so thankful for those partnerships.”

The $20.2 million West St. Tammany Wastewater Consolidation project, which benefits 6,400 residents and businesses, will create seven new sewer lift stations, nearly five miles of new sewer force main, nine new generators for lift stations and remote monitoring technology. This project will eliminate eight existing wastewater treatment plants from neighborhoods. An interactive map for this project can be found here.

"As a member of the Water Sector Commission, I am fully committed to maximizing the impact of your tax dollars for the benefit of our community,” said state Sen. Patrick McMath. “My focus is on securing resources to ensure the continuation of critical projects that provide essential services such as access to clean drinking water and efficient water treatment systems. These services are fundamental obligations of any responsible government, and I extend my gratitude to our local leaders for their quick identification of the priority projects in St. Tammany Parish and I look forward to supporting the development of similar initiatives in the future."

Phase 2 of the East Slidell Regional Water Consolidation, which totals $20.4 million, includes two new elevated water towers, approximately eight miles of new water main, two generators and remote monitoring technology. The project impacts more than 10,000 citizens in the Cross Gates and River Oaks subdivisions, as well as S&J RV Park, Tammany Mobile Home Park and Trading Post 1. An interactive map for this initiative can be found here.

"I am so proud to have worked with my fellow St. Tammany Delegation members and Parish President Cooper in securing these vital Round 2 Water Sector Program grants. These grants, in addition to the Water Sector Program Round 1 grant for the East St. Tammany Regional Water Consolidation Phase 1, will provide a solution to the issues that the residents of eastern St. Tammany have had to endure for far too long," state Rep. Mary DuBuisson said.

The West St. Tammany Water System Improvements, which benefit more than 10,000 homeowners and corporate partners, in Faubourg Coquille, Bedico Creek and Madisonville Woods areas, includes a filtration system to improve water quality, a new water tower, system interconnects and more than five miles of water main. The $21.3 million project has been partly funded with $5 million from Water Sector Program (state ARPA funds), and $2.5 million in Parish ARPA funds. St. Tammany Parish Government is awaiting approval of the remaining funding from other state sources. An interactive map for this project can be found here.

In addition to providing new infrastructure and consolidation, the initiatives will provide secondary water sources, offer much needed storage capacity and fire protection and provide resiliency for significant weather events.

At a ceremonial press conference Tuesday, President Cooper personally thanked state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, state Sen. Patrick McMath, the entire Northshore legislative delegation and the St. Tammany Parish Council for their efforts in allocating the funding for these projects.

In 2022, St. Tammany Parish received $23 million for the Cross Gates Water System from Water Sector funding and the Parish match contribution. Several parts of this initiative, which includes two new water towers, new water main, a water well, two new permanent generators and remote monitoring technology, will begin construction this summer.


2023 Community Needs Assessment Survey is Now Live

The 2023 Community Needs Assessment Survey is now LIVE!:

The Community Needs Assessment Survey seeks to identify the needs of low-income residents Parishwide. Once completed, the Community Needs Assessment will be made publicly available so community organizations can use it as a tool when building grant applications in the future, as well as a way to gain deeper insight into the communities we serve.

While state and federal databases are a vital source of information when determining the needs of our community, this public survey was created to hear from community organizations and individuals!

The survey can be completed on a phone or computer, or as a paper survey available at St. Tammany Parish libraries.

The 2023 Community Needs Assessment Survey can be filled out by any Parish resident, regardless of organization affiliation, length of time having lived in St. Tammany Parish or age.

The survey will be actively collecting responses until the end of February.


President Cooper Announces Local Non-Profits to Receive Funding to Continue Vital Services

St. Tammany Parish Government has awarded nearly $5 million in federal funding to local non-profits to continue critical services, President Mike Cooper announced.
The initiative is part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Public Health – Non-Profit Program, which provides for local organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19.
“St. Tammany Parish is a better place because of the life changing resources offered by our dedicated non-profits,” said President Cooper. “Our non-profits do so much for our citizens, but were hard hit by the pandemic, so ensuring relief for these organizations was important to my administration. I greatly appreciate Council Chairman Jake Airey, St. Tammany Corp. CEO Chris Masingill and all stakeholders who participated in this process. I look forward to seeing the tremendous benefits as a result of the funding.”
The following non-profits applied for and were awarded funding:

  • • Action Youth and Community Resources
  • • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Louisiana
  • • Bush Food Pantry, Inc.
  • • Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • • Children’s Museum of St. Tammany
  • • East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity
  • • Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West
  • • National Alliance on Mental Illness Saint Tammany
  • • Northlake Homeless Coalition
  • • Northshore Food Bank
  • • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
  • • The Samaritan Center
  • • Safe Haven
  • • Youth Service Bureau of St. Tammany
  • • Community Christian Concern
  • • United Way of Southeast Louisiana

In 2021, federal legislation provided relief for state and local governments, negatively impacted by the pandemic, through ARPA. In total, St. Tammany Parish Government received $50.5 million to be used for non-profits, infrastructure improvements, broadband access and recovery from negative economic impacts.
In the summer of 2021, the St. Tammany Corporation facilitated four in-person stakeholder focus group sessions, convened the Parish Government working group and administered an online community survey, which produced more than 700 responses to determine the framework of how the ARPA funds would be efficiently and appropriately utilized. As a result, $5 million was allocated to public health response focusing on community resilience, including housing, emergency assistance, transportation and behavioral health services.


St. Tammany Parish to Hold Additional Town Halls for Parishwide Comprehensive Drainage Plan

President Mike Cooper President Mike Cooper announces additional public meetings for the St. Tammany Parish Comprehensive Drainage Plan, the first plan to assess stormwater runoff across the entirety of the Parish’s watershed basin.
“Our citizens’ input is vital to the successes of the first ever Parishwide Comprehensive Drainage Plan,” said President Cooper. “This Plan will enable our Parish to examine the entirety of our watershed basin for the first time. I encourage all citizens to visit the Plan’s website and attend the town hall meetings to enable us to gather a complete representation of our area’s drainage challenges.”

Meeting Information:
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Parish Council Chambers
Towers Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail, Slidell
Thursday, January 26, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Parish Council Chambers
21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville

Open house meetings for the Comprehensive Drainage Plan are being held to gather and document citizens’ concerns for inclusion in the development of the plan. The Plan is focused on examining the existing state of drainage in St. Tammany and recommending capital projects and potential policy changes leading to reduced flood risks and increased public safety.
To submit a comment related to flooding, drainage, and erosion or sediment control, please click here and follow the prompts.


Extraordinary 2022 Features St. Tammany Parish Animal Services Among Louisiana’s Best Shelters

President Mike Cooper has announced that the Department of Animal Services is among the top open-admission animal shelters in Louisiana, following another year of monumental achievements.

"These results showcase the dedication and hard work of our Animal Services team and its’ volunteers, as well as the selflessness of our community partners and citizens who step up and foster and adopt,” said President Cooper. “I made a commitment to allocate resources and improve the services offered at our shelter, which will save the lives of the pets in our community. Please join me in congratulating all who helped make our Animal Services Department one of the top open-admission shelters in Louisiana in 2022.”

Most notably, Animal Services has maintained a 97% live release rate, which is among the highest in the state for open-admission shelters, for a second consecutive year, which designates the shelter as ‘no-kill.’ In comparison, Animal Services had a 55% live release rate in 2019, prior to President Cooper taking office.

“Our improvements would not have been possible without the determination of our staff, community partners, volunteers and citizens who help save the lives of our community’s pets,” said Robert Bremer, Director of Animal Services. “I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments, which prove that the Department of Animal Services is one of the leaders of Louisiana’s open-admission shelters.”

In 2022, Animal Services welcomed approximately 4,000 animals and helped find homes for 1,021 pets through adoption. Nearly 1,300 animals found homes in other communities nationwide through rescue transfers.

The following statistics are in comparison to 2019, which features remarkable improvements:

  • Average length of stay for dogs – 23 days, down from 40 days.
  • Average length of stay for cats – 26 days, down from 37 days.
  • Average monthly population for dogs – 118, down from 207.
  • Average monthly population for cats – 191, down from 245.
  • Animal control emergency response time – 30 minutes, down from 45 minutes.
  • Animal control non-emergency response time – 23 hours, down from 3.5 days.
  • Animals in cruelty cases – 81, up from 5.

In 2022, under the guidance of Animal Services leadership, the Parish Council adopted the ‘Community Cat Ordinance,’ which allows staff to catch, neuter and release feral cats to control population. Animal Services administration was invited to speak at the Best Friends Animal Society, a national leader in the no-kill movement, annual conference in 2022 to discuss successes in the Community Cat Ordinance.

In 2022, the Department of Animal Services was also honored with the Touchstone Award from Best Friends based on national shelter data and work from 2021.

Animal Services provides a friendly, safe and clean facility for stray animals and unwanted pets. The shelter offers a wide array of animals for adoption throughout the year, from cats and dogs, to horses and pigs. Adoption hours at the Animal Services Shelter are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our Animal Services shelter has transformed into a happy respite and transfer station where animals transition to their ‘fur’ever homes.


St. Tammany Accepting Christmas Trees for Coastal Enhancement

St. Tammany Parish Government is now accepting recycled Christmas trees for marsh creation and fish habitat enhancement.

Only bare, unflocked trees will be accepted at:
         • St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1515 North Florida Street, Covington
         • Old Levee Board Property, 61134 Military Road, Slidell

Trees will be accepted during daylight hours. All trees must be stripped of all decorations and the stands be removed to be eligible for the program.

“The Christmas tree recycling program is an important part of our coastal restoration plans, but it is only possible with our citizens’ participation,” said Parish President Mike Cooper. “I encourage all of our residents to drop off their trees to designated areas to be placed strategically in our marshes.”

The program lasts until January 28, 2023. Parish crews will then place the trees in coastal areas for enhancement.

For more information, please call 985-898-2529 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



STPG Holiday Closures

Closure for Christmas Holiday

St. Tammany Parish Government offices will be closed from Friday, December 23, through Monday, December 26, in observance of the Christmas holidays.

Business hours will resume Tuesday, December 27, at 8 a.m.

Closure for New Year's Holiday

St. Tammany Parish Government offices will be closed from Friday, December 30, through Monday, January 2, in observance of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Business hours will resume Tuesday, January 3, at 8 a.m.

President Cooper Vetoes “Unidentified Projects”, Opposes Defunding of Traffic and Drainage Solutions

President Mike Cooper opposes the Parish Council’s decision to defund key initiatives to address traffic and drainage concerns and has vetoed the effort to fund the unidentified projects with no purpose or need.

“My administration has been and will continue to be focused on avoiding the mistakes of the past, increasing the investment in our infrastructure and providing for our future,” said President Cooper. “The budget that we submitted reflected those ideals and the values of our citizens. I am extremely disappointed that our Parish Council took money out of key initiatives, such as new roadways, drainage improvements and even bridge replacements on our aging Tammany Trace. The decisions that we make today will have a tremendous impact on our quality of life now and in the future.”

President Cooper submitted a Capital Improvement budget totaling more than $60 million in long-awaited, critically-important improvements, including:

  • ·         Construction of the Mandeville Bypass Road - $24.5 million
  • ·         Comprehensive Parishwide Drainage Plan Phase 2 - $300,000
  • ·         Replacement of seven Tammany Trace bridges - $6 million
  • ·         Spanish Trail Heights Subdivision Drainage Improvements in Slidell area - $900,000
  • ·         Construction of Roundabout at Emerald Forest and Falconer in Covington area - $1.5 million

“Funding is available for all of the aforementioned initiatives, but were removed from my proposed 2023 Capital Improvement budget by the Parish Council. In fact, many of these projects were removed without our citizens being informed. I wish to thank those Councilmembers who have worked with my administration and asked productive questions about these projects leading up to the meeting.”

On December 19, President Cooper line item vetoed the “Projects to be Identified” as adopted in the 2023 Capital Improvement Budget totaling $10,873,500.

“In the same adopted budget, our Parish Council allocated nearly $11 million of ‘Projects to be Identified.’ Simply put, this is not in the best interest of our citizens, lacks transparency and accountability,” President Cooper said. “Our Charter sets specific requirements for ‘detailed estimates of all proposed expenditures.’ This effort to budget for projects without identifying them restricts the opportunity for our citizens to review and comment.”

“I do not and will never support any attempt to defund studied, impactful transportation and drainage projects, which have been vetted extensively, to re-allocate funds to projects without thoughtful purpose or need. I recognize your authority to amend the budgets, but the effort to reduce investments in parishwide initiatives and add millions to projects that have not been thought of is not prudent and is unacceptable.”

“We cannot continue with archaic, inefficient “fiefdom” management of projects and must support a more comprehensive, centralized approach. The citizens of St. Tammany Parish have elected us to not only preserve their health, safety and welfare, but also, improve their quality of life. I encourage our Parish Council to join me in prioritizing our citizens’ needs today and planning for the future of our great Parish.”

President Cooper has resubmitted the request to fund the aforementioned five projects, which were removed from the Capital Budget by the Parish Council. The resubmittal will be introduced at the January 5 Parish Council Meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers on Koop Drive.

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