St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish is the state’s fifth most populous parish and is one of Louisiana’s fastest-growing parishes, especially over the past decade. As a dominant parish on the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, St. Tammany prides itself for its scenic beauty, outdoor recreation options, a vibrant food scene and family-friendly attractions. The high influx of population — partly spurred by migration from other coastal parishes after the 2005-2006 hurricane seasons— represents such challenges that are related to sudden growth, such as development without consideration of stormwater management or current flood risks to accommodate a growing need for housing, taxed infrastructure and congested roadways resulting from the increase in population.
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The latest Round 3 parish-wide meeting was held at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville, which was utilized as a centrally located gathering space in a growing part of the parish. St. Tammany residents offered input on their vision for the future of St. Tammany Parish, expressing support for complete streets and public transit options and voicing interest in seeing job opportunities around alternative energy.Residents noted that regulating development in flood-prone areas was very important, indicating that incentivizing rainwater harvesting at the residential level and green street concepts would help reduce stormwater management challenges. St. Tammany voted on preferences for housing and community development strategies, expressing interest in two to three story medium density housing within walkable communities close to amenities like public transportation and greenspaces as an ideal typology.
In early June, St. Tammany residents attended three Round 2 community meetings in Slidell, Covington and Mandeville, and offered additional input on community adaptation in the context of a changing environment over 10, 25, and 50 year intervals. Residents stressed the importance of enhancing stormwater management and preserving the quality of life in St. Tammany, while noting the need for minimizing development in high risk coastal areas but still promoting access and recreational activities. Residents also noted challenges for development in low and medium risk areas around traffic congestion, and offered ideas for bus services, passenger rail, or creating more remote working opportunities to reduce commuter traffic.
St. Tammany Parish residents came out en masse to Northshore High School in Slidell in early April for the kickoff LA SAFE meeting. Attendees shared their concerns for increased coastal flood risks in communities like Avery Estates and Eden Isle, and other residents offered input on increased riverine flooding hazards experienced in March and August of 2016. St. Tammany Parish residents stressed the value they place on the quality of life, including education and living near the water. Residents also noted the need for improving drainage, implementing smart growth strategies and regulating development, and promoting economic development and creating job opportunities.
Stay tuned for more information regarding the fourth and fifth round of meetings in your parish.
Round 4: Community Meetings
In this fourth round of engagement, residents will have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the draft strategies developed by the LA SAFE team after several rounds of collaborative meetings over the course of the year. These draft strategies will be presented in a variety of settings that could include focused discussions with participants from previous meetings, including public and elected officials; casual open-house gatherings; or table presentations at local festivals and other public spaces. The planning team will take these final suggestions into consideration as they complete the design of one adaptation strategy for each parish that addresses challenges and opportunities unique to that parish.
ROUND 5: PARISHWIDE MEETINGS
All of our work on this project brings us all together for this incredible moment, with residents invited to get an up-close and personal look at examples of parish-specific projects and policies. They’ll also get a chance to vote directly for the ones they want to see move forward in the process. This is it. This is what we’ve been building toward, so you can offer feedback on our collaboration and learn more about plans to complete your parish’s adaptation plan!
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