Greauxing Resilience at Home — City of Baton Rouge–Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Ardendale Master Plan and Guiding Principles

The Ardendale Master Plan and Guiding Principles (plan) is a planned community development in the Ardenwood area of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ardendale consists of 200 acres purchased in 2012 by Build Baton Rouge (BBR), the city’s redevelopment agency. The site currently includes public housing, the automotive technology campus of Baton Rouge Community College, and several acres of wetlands. 

As proposed under the plan, Ardendale will become a new urbanist community that will include the following types of planned projects: mixed-income affordable housing, infrastructure, quality-of-life amenities, and cohesive landscaping. Specifically, the new vision for Ardendale is to build amenities like housing, businesses, and green space and integrate public access across various community resources to grow socioeconomic resilience. As part of this vision, the plan also includes landscaping design rules that aim to encourage outdoor recreation and community gathering, mitigate natural hazards, and enhance neighborhood aesthetics and culture by using native plants. By balancing community needs and character, the plan demonstrates a multi-faceted and integrated approach to redevelopment that may be illustrative for local policymakers preparing for population growth due to climate change.

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This case study is one of 24 case studies featured in a report written by the Georgetown Climate Center, Greauxing Resilience at Home: A Collection of Lessons and Case Studies from Louisiana and Beyond. These case studies describe best and emerging practices, tools, and examples from Louisiana and other U.S. jurisdictions to make progress on the complex and interrelated challenges of housing, flooding, and resilience. These case studies are intended to provide transferable lessons and ideas for regional and local governments addressing housing and mitigating flood risk as integrated parts of comprehensive community resilience strategies. Collectively, these case studies present a suite, although not an exhaustive list of tools and approaches that can be used to facilitate any of these efforts.

For additional case studies and more information about this work, also see Greauxing Resilience at Home: A Regional Vision.

Publication Date: June 16, 2022

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