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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 board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent you on regional issues. This board is supported by a staff of 20 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.

Public Notice and Certification to Convene Virtual June Board Meetings

(in accordance with Section 4 of Proclamation 30 JBE 2020, and subsequent Proclamation 41
JBE 2020, Section 4 (E))

The Board of Commissioners of the Regional Planning Commission of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes (hereinafter known as the RPC), and the Transportation Policy Committee thereto, have scheduled Regular Monthly Meetings for Tuesday,June 9th, 2020.

On March 13, 2020, the Governor of Louisiana issued Proclamation 27 JBE 2020, declaring a Public Health Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana. Additional measures to ensure public safety and limit the spread of COVID-19 were further enacted on March 16, 2020 by Proclamation 30 JBE 2020, which provides for restrictions on public gatherings, as well as imposes limits on in-person interactions. These additional provisions are to be in effect through midnight on April 30, 2020.

The Chair of the Board of the Regional Planning Commission of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes (hereinafter known as the RPC), and the Transportation Policy Committee thereto hereby certifies that in order to protect the welfare of the citizens of Louisiana, and in order to ensure the presence of a quorum of board members, which would otherwise not be possible under the present circumstances, it is necessary to conduct meetings on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in a virtual setting. Therefore, in accordance with Section 4 of Proclamation 30 JBE 2020, Section 4 of Proclamation 41 JBE 2020, Section 4 of Proclamation 52 JBE 2020, and in Section 5 of Proclamation 58 JBE 2020 and in consideration of the safety and well-being of the Boards’ members, staff, and communities directly impacted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Boards’ June meetings will convene remotely, via teleconferencing or videoconferencing.

Meetings on Tuesday, June 9th will begin at 12:30p.m. and will be livestreamed using the platform. Public comments will be accepted during the livestream through the use of the chat feature. Agendas for the meetings, as well as the public link to access the livestream of the meetings will be posted on the respective Board website and distributed to our public notification list, no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Register Here for June 9th, 2020 Virtual Board Meeting

For questions regarding the virtual board meetings, please email Malissa Dietsch-Givhan at

Regional Planning Commission Continues Remotely

In response to the public health emergency created by the novel coronavirus (aka COVID19) and pursuant to Executive Order 30 JBE 2020, the Regional Planning Commission is continuing its operations with most of our staff working from home.  We have taken this and other steps to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, their families, and the public at large.  During this time our staff is available by telephone or email during normal business hours.  

Face to face meetings, trainings, and all large events with stakeholders and the public have been temporarily halted.

We have been and will continue to coordinate with and assist local, state and federal partners and the public at large during this public health emergency.


Fiscal Year 2021 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is now available for public review and comment

The Regional Planning Commission will receive comments from the public on this draft document at its next monthly meeting on April 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM, held at the Regional Transportation Management Center, 10 Veterans Blvd., New Orleans, 70124. You may also provide comments in writing to

To view full Unified Work Program(UPWP) click here


Delta Regional Authority Opens 2020 Application Cycle for Economic Development Investment Opportunities

The 2020 States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) application cycle opens March 2, 2020 and closes May 31, 2020.

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Federal Co-Chairman Chris Caldwell announced today DRA is opening the 2020 application cycle for the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP).  SEDAP, which provides direct investments into community-based and regional projects that address the DRA’s congressionally mandated four funding priorities, is the main investment tool used by the DRA.  All necessary information for application consideration can be found in the 2020 SEDAP Manual.

Organizations and communities can apply online at  The deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2020, and funds are available to DRA’s footprint of 252 counties and parishes in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

For more information click here


The Regional Planning Commission January 2020 Newsletter is now available. Topics in this edition include:

  • RPC Launches 2nd Phase of New Links Transit Study
  • Data Layers for Mapping Regional Update
  • With Mardi Gras Approaching Let's Keep in Mind Pedestrian Safety
  • RPC’s Clean Fuel Partnership Assists City and SWBNO with Fleet Electrification and Climate Action Goals!
  • Brownfields Coalition Represents Louisiana
  • Emergency Preparedness Team Hosts National and Homeland Security

Click here to access the newsletter. To sign up for our email distribution list, please contact Malissa Dietsch-Givhan at


2020 Census Participants Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)

PSAP is the only opportunity prior to the 2020 Census offered to regional, tribal, state, county,and local governments to review and update selected statistical areas. The Census Bureau uses the statistical areas defined for the 2020 Census for the 2020 enumeration and also  to tabulate data for the American Community Survey throughout the decade.

RPC will work with its parishes as needed to update Census boundaries in GIS.  In January 2019 the PSAP delineation phase begins.  Designated participants have 120 calendar days to submit updates.  Webinars will be held during this period. 

Download the URISA Census 2020 PSAP FAQ
Download the RPC PSAP PowerPoint in pdf format from December 11, 2018
View 2020 GUPS Demo Video (MP4)
Download 'How to start a new PSAP Project'
Download the PSAP FAQ
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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