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The Round 3 meeting in early August was a return to the parishwide format, and was held at the Mel Ott Recreation Center in Gretna. At this meeting, residents worked with the LA SAFE team to further develop and refine ideas and visions for community adaptation to increasing flood risk and vulnerability. Residents highlighted complete streets including increased shade canopy, bike lines and sidewalks as an important transportation option. With respect to stormwater management, attendees felt that investing and incentivizing in green infrastructure was a promising potential solution.”
At the Round 2 meetings in late May and early June, Jefferson Parish residents met with the LA SAFE team at three smaller community meetings in Metairie, Marrero and Jean Lafitte, and discussed potential adaptation strategies for their communities from a generational perspective. Residents offered ideas on stormwater management such as rain barrels, green roofs and zoning changes and code requirements for new construction. Other popular topics included improvements to transportation focused on community connectivity and livability, needs for education and job training, diversified housing options such as multifamily housing in walkable communities, and preserving the overall quality of life.
In late March, Jefferson Parish residents came out to the first LA SAFE meeting at the Alario Center and shared their input about their communities, culture and what they value about the parish. The connection to the environment in terms of livelihoods and recreation was a key theme that emerged, while residents also noted the increases in flood risk in coastal areas and neighborhoods as threats to their communities.