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Denham Springs Community Meeting #1 ,June 15, 2017
Denham Springs Community Meeting #1 ,June 15, 2017

The City currently does not have a comprehensive master plan, comprehensive vision and goals, design standards, zoning updates, or a unified development code.  This project includes the review of all development regulations and the creation of a comprehensive plan. Ultimately, the development of a comprehensive plan may direct other, more specific planning efforts such as design standards, development codes, zoning. The project would better inform developers about community expectations concerning new development.

The community will have a long term planning vision and planning guidelines that will ultimately enhance the look and feel of Denham Springs, giving it a sense of place and standards for new development.  This project impacts all community members and business owners, and addresses their recovery vision statement.  The plan is to achieve functionality, beauty, and a sense of place for years to come and promote a more cohesive, engaged & beautiful community

This plan to guide the future development of the community includes:

  • Long term goals and objectives for land use
  • Neighborhood plans, where appropriate
  • Improved connectedness between residential and commercial areas.

This project also supports:

  • Resiliency
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Community development

Possible Funding Sources, Technical Assistance, and Partners:

  • Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
  • Environment Protection Agency
  • American Planning Association
  • USDA EDEN – The Extension Disaster Education Network
  • Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences (PIES)
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Capital Region Planning Commission
  • Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences (PIES)

Estimated Timeline: Medium term (1-3 years) – note: community plans and guidelines such as these require regular updates.

Estimated Cost: Moderate ($100K-$1M) – note: cost estimate applies to development of initial plans, not the cost of regular updates.

During the second community meeting, participants ranked this project at 9.11 out of 10 with respect to level of importance.

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