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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.

The Regional Planning Commission is very pleased to announce the 2020 New Orleans Bike Map and Guide to Safe Cycling. PDF’s of the map in English, Spanish and Vietnamese can be viewed and downloaded Here


Regional Planning Commission will hold multiple public meetings for the New Links project

The Regional Planning Commission will be holding a series of Planning Open Houses during June and July for the New Links Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA).

New Links is a yearlong project to study and develop a plan to redesign the public transportation network in Greater New Orleans.
At these open house events, members of the New Links team will explain the network redesign process, discuss service trade-offs, and gather feedback from the public. Meetings are in an open house format, and members of the public can attend at any point during the duration of the meeting.

Each Orleans Parish Council district will host a meeting, with additional meetings in Jefferson Parish, but all residents are welcome to come to any meeting. These meetings will be co-hosted by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Orleans Parish events are co-hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation.

For more information, and for meeting updates and announcements,click here or visit

The Regional Planning Commission September 2018 Newsletter is now available. Topics in this edition include:

  • 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Comment Period Now Open
  • EPA Awards RPC $600,000 for Brownfields Assessments
  • Mississippi River Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony in St. Bernard Parish
  • Free Bicycle Helmets and Light Kits Distributed via RPC's Safe Streets For Everyone Campaign
  • Agenda Now Available for the Clean Fuels Summit 2018 at NOLA Motorsports Park
  • EPP Discusses Hurricane Season 2018, Tours University Medical Center
  • Upcoming meetings, events, and more!

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

RPC Promotes Life-Saving Programs and Infrastructure Improvements at Louisiana's Highway Safety Summit

Louisiana is on a mission to reach Destination Zero Deaths . In order to get there, collaboration between Enforcement, Emergency Services, Engineering, and Education (the four E's) is critical. To facilitate the exchange of ideas and national best practices, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) held their biennial Destination Zero Deaths Highway Safety Summit. North Shore Regional Safety Coalition Coordinator Nelson Hollings participated in a panel of top safety experts to emphasize the importance of data-driven highway safety initiatives such as the Stop the Knock program which aims to reduce vehicle fatalities in Louisiana.

The State of Louisiana Submits Proposal for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designation

As part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and to improve the mobility of alternative fuel vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requested states to nominate Alternative Fuel Corridors with plug-in electric vehicle charging, propane, compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG and LNG), and hydrogen fueling along interstates. Louisiana, through the Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) submitted a request for alternative fuel corridor designation during the second round of nominations. RPC's Clean Fuel Partnership submitted stations and data from the region and provided feedback on the preliminary map renderings.


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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