Holden kicks off new comprehensive plan

By David Spunt - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The future of East Baton Rouge Parish is under review in a brand new comprehensive plan called "Future EBR," a 25-year blueprint designed to prepare for parish growth.

It will replace the "Horizons" plan, which has been in existence for the past few decades. The new project will focus on land use, zoning and even look at traffic improvements.

"This process is all about the growth and how we manage the growth," said Mayor Kip Holden.

Baton Rouge hired John Fregonese from Fregonese Associates, urban and regional planners out of Portland, Oregon. The firm has worked on other cities such as Dallas, Salt Lake City and Chicago.

"You are a big city," Fregonese said. "People here just don't think of themselves that way, but the region is three quarters of a million people."

Mayor Holden and his team want to get the public involved. Several workshops are scheduled in March.

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