Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Comprehensive Resiliency Plan

Lafourche Parish in coastal Louisiana created a comprehensive resiliency plan to guide economic development, transportation and land use investments in the parish for the next 20 years, as well as to strengthen local resiliency to natural disasters. In an effort to make wiser and more coordinated development decisions, Lafourche Parish, with the assistance of the Center for Planning Excellence and Office of Community Development, has collaborated with citizens and local businesses to produce this planning document that will provide a blueprint and recommendations for growth and development in Lafourche.

The Plan includes resiliency strategies and policy recommendations grouped into eight overarching topic areas:

  • Land Use
  • Resiliency and Hazard Mitigation
  • Culture and Recreation
  • Housing Choices
  • Transportation Connections
  • Infrastructure
  • Economic Development
  • Coordinating Effectively

Chapter 1 lays out the “Vision” for comprehensive resiliency across all eight topics along with goals for each. For example the Resiliency and Hazard Mitigation Goals include:

  • Establish areas where site level development should occur that will enhance long-term resiliency and align with the Vision map.
  • Improve resiliency to floods and other natural disasters by utilizing best practices for coastal development.
  • Identify and pursue preventative measures that will reduce damages from future hazards.
  • Enhance public awareness and understanding of disaster preparedness.
  • Continue work to lower insurance premiums.

Another section in Ch. 1 details short-term strategic actions that were to be undertaken immediately or initiated in a short period of time - 1 to 2 years at the most. These are the first steps that the Parish are recommended take to move the Parish towards the shared vision and to address the most high-priority issues identified by stakeholders.

 

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

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