Co-Design Process Overview

The LA SAFE planning process is a ground-breaking approach to community adaptation planning  that seeks to address the challenges of coastal degradation, land loss and increasing flood risk. We recognize these changes along our coast impact our environment and sustainability, our economies and jobs, and our communities and culture. To plan for a more resilient future, we created a planning process that integrates planning expertise, science, and most importantly, community members across the coast who are experiencing these challenges firsthand. Our process relies on grassroots input from start to finish.


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Project Timeline

Below is a design illustrating the LA SAFE project timeline and the meeting process. Through larger parish-wide meetings and smaller community discussions, our LA SAFE team is working with residents across all six parishes to set design goals for the desired outcomes that they wish to see in their community. As the planning process moves along through the 2017 calendar year, the LA SAFE team works with residents to achieve new milestones that advance the work needed to produce a final plan. In each of the discussions had with community members, the LA SAFE team presents the work that has been done up to the current point - work that was inspired and driven by input at the community level from the previous meeting - and asks them, “Is this correct? Is this what you are seeing in your community? Does this make sense?” In the final iteration of the LA SAFE process the team will present to the community a final adaptation strategy that was crafted with residents along every step of the way.