To assist in the process, a diverse advisory group of community members has been empaneled to give input and act as a sounding board for ideas.

In February, the Ascension Parish Council authorized Parish President Kenny Matassa to retain the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) to develop a new Master Land Use Plan. To assist in the process, a diverse advisory group of community members has been empaneled to give input and act as a sounding board for ideas.

Serving on the panel are: Barney Arceneaux, Mayor of Gonzales; Mike Lambert, Mayor of Sorrento; Jackie Baumann, Chief Engineer for the City of Gonzales; Julio Dumas, Planning and Zoning Commission member; Chad Lynch, Ascension Parish School Board Director of Planning and Construction; John Cagnolatti, Ascension Parish Councilman; Don Hanna, realtor; Matt Pryor, Planning and Zoning Commission Chair; Janet Britton, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of EATEL; Kate MacArthur, President and CEO of Ascension Economic Development Corporation.

Also serving are: Barker Dirmann, President and CEO of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce; Derrick Coco, AEDC Board member; T. Bradley Keith, principal of Gulf South Strategies and Solutions; Beth Templet, St. Amant High School Principal; Robert Burgess, President of St. Elizabeth Hospital; Ken Campbell, Executive Director of IDEA Charter Schools; Stacey Chiasson Gautreau, Louisiana Public Affairs Leader for Dow Chemical; Henry Schexnayder, Commercial Relationship Manager for Red River Bank; Denise Graves, Assistant Superintendent of Ascension Parish Schools; David Alexander, Superintendent of Ascension Parish Schools.

Also serving are: Clay Stafford, President of Double D of Louisiana LLC; Dale Doty, Chancellor of River Parishes Community College; Wanda August, Parent Facilitator for Ascension Parish School Board; Major Mike Toney with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Dana Scott with BASF; Joyy Joseph, resident of Donaldsonville; Alyce Robinson, resident of Donaldsonville; Mike Cayette, resident of Donaldsonville; and Lee Melancon, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Donaldsonville.

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government