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New Directions 2040, President Cooper’s Initiative for Sustainable Future, Adopted

St. Tammany Parish Government’s comprehensive plan for a more resilient, sustainable future, New Directions 2040, and the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) were adopted, following a vote by the Parish Planning Commission Tuesday night.

The primary role of New Directions 2040 is to serve as the guide for future development, capital investments and the direction of St. Tammany Parish for public and private stakeholders.

“St. Tammany Parish has withstood unprecedented growth over the past 20 years,” said President Cooper. “The creation and adoption of this comprehensive plan was a top priority for my administration. New Directions 2040 takes an in-depth look at how our Parish has grown and determines how our neighbors and business owners want to look in the next twenty years. I am proud of our team and all citizens who contributed to this plan that aims at preserving our superior quality of life, and supports smart growth.”

The plan was developed after a rigorous 18-month collaboration between Parish government, appointees from each Council district and dozens of civic and business organizations. The public input period garnered thousands of comments.

The comprehensive plan examines all of St. Tammany Parish and determines goals, including economic development, neighborhoods and other development goals, as expressed by citizens, business owners and organizations. 

St. Tammany Parish is the 4th largest Parish in Louisiana and continues to grow, as it is the 3rd fastest growing in Louisiana, according to the latest Census data.

“New Directions 2040 will be a tremendous asset for my team in analyzing overall growth in our Parish,” said Ross Liner, St. Tammany Parish Planning Director. “The ideals of our citizens, as included in the plan, will be on the forefront as we make decisions that provide a better tomorrow. Smart planning and thoughtful growth will continue to be our core principles.”

The Future Land Use Map provides a tool for decision-makers and stakeholders to understand our community’s preferred pattern of growth, including neighborhood hubs, floodplains, roadway projects and growth management areas, as expressed in the public input period. Parish staff will refer to the FLUM when considering changes to zoning classifications, budgeting for future projects and policies impacting land use.

The comprehensive plan and FLUM do not change zoning classifications. All rezoning attempts must follow the traditional Parish process.

“The Regional Planning Commission congratulates St. Tammany Parish on passage of the New Directions 2040 comprehensive plan,” said Jeff Roesel, Executive Director of the Regional Planning Commission. “This plan will inform and help guide transportation investment decisions, and RPC looks forward to working in partnership to develop plans and programs that will assist in meeting the challenges facing St. Tammany today, and in the future.”

The previous comprehensive plan was adopted in 1999. Since then, St. Tammany Parish has withstood tremendous natural disasters, economic downturns and other crises that have provided a sharp uptick in population, with no update to the plan and vision for the Parish.

“Given the emergency facing coastal Louisiana, we are pleased that St. Tammany’s New Directions 2040 is consistent with the Master Plan and will help support collaboration to ensure that we are making every effort to maintain and sustain our resources for those who live, work and play along our coast,” Bren Haase, Executive Director for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Agency, said. “The State’s Coastal Master Plan provides the blueprint for restoration activities in coastal Louisiana and relies on a broad coalition of support, including our partners at the local level, to ensure that we can create a more sustainable and resilient coastal Louisiana.”

To view New Directions 2040 and the FLUM, please visit NewDirections2040.com.

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