Holden taps Price as FUTUREBR manager

Holden taps Price as FUTUREBR manager
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 6:04am

Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden has assigned Assistant Chief Administrative Officer John Price, who serves as his representative on the Planning and Zoning Commission, to manage the implementation of FUTUREBR, the land use and development plan for East Baton Rouge Parish.

Price will be responsible for coordinating the work of the Implementation Team appointed by the Mayor, including the development of funding priorities. The City-Parish Planning Commission is responsible for the day-to-day implementation and monitoring of the plan.

When the FUTUREBR plan was adopted by the Metropolitan Council, Mayor Holden appointed an Implementation Team that consists of the chief executives of the Planning Commission, Office of Community Development, EBR Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development District, Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance and Center for Planning Excellence.

At that time, the Mayor committed to assigning one of his Assistant Chief Administrative Officers to serve as Comprehensive Plan Manager to assure the principles of FUTUREBR are applied to land use and development actions by the city-parish
The Mayor’s Office advertised the position and the Implementation Team conducted a search but chose not to recommend an applicant to the Mayor.

“During the course of the interviews, we realized that we have extensive planning expertise on the Implementation Team, and we felt the Mayor’s Office needed someone who could understand the plan as well as the workings of government so that, with the authority of the Office of the Mayor-President, could facilitate the implementation of FUTUREBR,” said Walter Monsour. “After working with John Price in his role on the Planning Commission, we felt he fits the role perfectly.”

Holden said Price is already working with the Planning Commission staff on issues that are coming before the Commission and will assume the responsibilities of managing the Implementation Team effective immediately. “The Implementation Team has been working to begin prioritizing steps we need to take as a city-parish to grow in the direction our citizens have said they want East Baton Rouge Parish to move. With John’s help, we will begin developing recommendations to bring before the Metro Council.”

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