St. Charles parish is set to revamp its master plan after recieving $100,000 in funds from the Center for Planning Excellence, a Baton Rouge organization, to conduct the land-use study. The new plan is set to establish new zoning standards, building codes, and will guide business and land use in the future, replacing the 1990 master plan.
The question is, how much opportunity will the public really have to influence and will it really make a difference?
The Parish says that the the next step is to create a 25-member committee of stakeholders, who will guide the formation of the land-use plan. The committee, whose work will last about a year, will include government officials, and representatives of real estate, industrial, neighborhood and government interests. “A comprehensive plan is really as strong as the public participation has been,” said Planning Director Kim Marousek said.
Although the Parish seems to be going in the right direction, meaningful public input is a necessary ingredient for the plan’s success. Indeed, parish residents are already calling for an online application that lets residents propose thier own plans and comment on others.