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The Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes, is a 54 member board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent you on regional issues. This board is supported by a staff of 18 professionals with broad experience, and doctorates or masters degrees, in a variety of areas including urban and regional planning, community development, economics, engineering, government, history, law, landscape architecture, political science, sustainable development, transportation, geography and other disciplines.

Regional Planning Commission Fall Newsletter is available

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St. Bernard Parish Bikeway & Pedestrian Plan Update Identifies Locations for Critical Infrastructure Needs)

The St. Bernard Bikeway and Pedestrian Plan Update was a nine month planning effort by Soll Planning & Alta Planning + Design which included review of existing plans, meetings with a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), field surveys of existing sidewalks and roadway conditions, technical analyses and public engagement.  The plan identifies specific infrastructure improvements including locations for new buffered bike lanes, shared lane markings, separated bike lanes, shoulder bikeways, shared use trails, and trailheads as well as critical areas that need improved sidewalks, curb ramps, street crossings, canal crossings, and railroad crossings.

To read more about this project refer to our October 2017 newsletter


St. John the Baptist: W Airline Hwy at Belle Terre Blvd, Improving Quality of Life and Multi-Modal Access:

St. John the Baptist Parish has made significant progress on several land use planning initiatives to improve the quality of life and enhance multi-modal access within major urban corridors. RPC contracted with Mathes Brierre Architects and ITS Regional, LLC to conduct a Feasibility Study altering the roadway geometry to improve multi-modal access and recommending improvements to better serve the residents of Laplace.

To read more about this project refer to our October 2017 newsletter


St. Tammany: US 190B to LA Hwy 25 Widening Project Proceeds

On May 30, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration approved the environmental document for the US 190 Collins Blvd project to proceed.  This significant milestone allows DOTD and RPC to move forward toward the ultimate goal of  widening this heavily travelled and congested roadway.

To read more about this project refer to our October 2017 newsletter

Delta Regional Authority Opens Application Period For State Economic Development Assistance Program

For the full press release and information on the Delta Regional Authority as well as eligibility requirements, click here

Regional Planning Commision Assists with Conceptual Designs for Kenner Streetscape Improvements

The RPC and the City of Kenner, working with consultants GEC Inc. and M. Johanna Liebe, recently concluded a conceputal design process aimed at bringing a series of capital improvement projects outlined in the city's Kenner 2030: Strategic Plan for a Prosperous Future one step closer to implementation. The designs focused on three streetscape improvements that will enhance access, safety and quality of life for city residents.

Williams Blvd, at Airline today (on left) and proposed (on right)


2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)

LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the census. The Census Address List Improvement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-430) authorizes the LUCA.

RPC has joined the current LUCA count of residential and group quarters to the Census Block Tiger Geography of 2016 for use in GIS.  The entire state of Louisiana can be found in the file below.  Directions to subset your parish are included in the methodology paper

Download 2020 LUCA Census GIS Files
Download URISA Census 2020 FAQ
Download 7-zip (to unzip GIS file)
Download 2020 LUCA Training Powerpoint
View 2020 GUPS Demo Video (MP4)
Download the URISA Geospatial Data Act FAQ


CENSUS 2010: Download GIS files

(PL-171-redistricting data)

Census 2010 parish, tract, block group and block geographies joined with total population, population by race, and housing occupancy data.  These files are formatted as shapefiles for use in GIS software (download is a zipped file).    A methodology paper describing the RPC process of downloading and formatting categorical names and of summarizing race data is available with each download. 
For a quick map view demonstrating demographic changes between 2000 and 2010 please click on the hyperlink below and zoom into your specific area of interest:

NY Times: Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census

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