Ronnie was in this morning to publicize some of the local events going on for the holidays. He also gave an update about the Parish Council Meeting and spoke about a group coming in next week to help plan future development in one area of St Tammany.
Here’s a press release about what he said…
During the second week of December, handpicked, world-renowned experts selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), will make up the resilience panel who will visit St. Tammany Parish as part of the ULI’s Advisory Services Program. The purpose of the week-long study of the St. Tammany Parish community is to offer recommendations through a detailed report, on the ways in which St. Tammany Parish can increase resiliency in future planning.
“The Urban Land Institute is highly regarded for the impact they have on communities around the entire nation,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Their panel of experts has experience in several areas ranging from the maritime industry, to real estate development, to urban planning. This study, based on an area that we requested they examine, will give us a fresh, objective, perspective on the many natural assets we have here in our community. We look forward to their recommendations.”
The panel will focus on southcentral St. Tammany as this area was the focus of a recent study which addressed infrastructure needs and future growth in this area. Additionally, the Watershed Management Study, completed in 2015, also address needs in this area. Among the topics the panel will consider are: land use strategies, types of uses, design interventions, and implementation strategies for present and future development in southcentral St. Tammany Parish; recommendations for mitigating the impact of development in the southcentral Study Area through the use of the Parish’s Water Quality Impact Modeling Program; and the assessment of all opportunities for implementing resilience programming in the southcentral Study Area as well as throughout the whole of St. Tammany, through public, private, and/or public-private partnerships.
The panel will arrive on December 6, 2015. On Friday, December 11, 2015 at 9 a.m. the panel will present their recommendations in the St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers at 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville. After the presentation, the panel will be available for questions and answers, as well as one-on-one interviews with the media. Following this presentation, the panel will depart.