Survey seeks public's opinion on future of East Baton Rouge

Survey seeks public's opinion on future of East Baton Rouge
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 4:51pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) --East Baton Rouge Parish leaders are asking for your input on what the area should look like in 20 years.

Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden and the City-Parish Planning Commission will release a 15-question survey on October 5th to ask citizens how they would like East Baton Rouge Parish to look in 20 years.

A reception will be held at the Louisiana State Museum, 660 North Fourth Street, at 5:30 p.m. to officially roll-out the surveys and let the public hear from national urban planner John Fregonese, who is leading the planning process to update the parish's comprehensive master plan for land use and development.

Fregonese will also premier a short film, "Moving Forward: Real Choices for East Baton Rouge" to give the public a look ahead in the planning process that kicked off in January of this year.

"Our planning consultants have been holding public meetings for the past six months to talk with citizens about the future of East Baton Rouge Parish," said Mayor Holden. "Now it is time for the public to give the planners some specific direction on what they would like to see our community look like in the next 20 years. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the survey, and it's a big investment in our future."

The survey will be available online at for a month and 15,000 printed copies will be available at all branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries, and will also be distributed through the Mayor's Office, Planning Commission Office, Metro Council members and outreach by the FUTUREBR project team to organizations throughout the parish. Printed copies can be returned by simply dropping them in the FUTUREBR collection boxes at the libraries or by mailing or faxing them to the numbers on the survey.

Anyone who signs up to be a "citizen planner" on the FUTUREBR website will receive an automatic invitation and link to fill out the survey when it is released.

The results of the survey will be used to finalize a comprehensive master plan for East Baton Rouge Parish that will be completed in the spring.

All FUTUREBR events are open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend . Anyone interested in getting updates, invitations and meeting reminders for the FUTUREBR process can sign up to be a "citizen planner" at

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