The final round of public meetings on the Ascension Parish Comprehensive Plan, otherwise known as the Master Plan, start Tuesday, Aug. 24 and run through Sept. 20.


The final round of public meetings on the Ascension Parish Comprehensive Plan, otherwise known as the Master Plan, start Tuesday, Aug. 24 and run through Sept. 20.

There will be 12 meetings held at 11 sites throughout the parish, offering citizens a final first-hand opportunity to have input into the Master Plan.

Meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the following dates at these locations:
 
· Tuesday, Aug. 24: Lemann Center, 1100 Clay Street, Donaldsonville

· Wednesday, Aug. 25: Pelican Point Clubhouse, 6300 Championship Court Drive, Gonzales

· Thursday, Aug. 26: Darrow Community Center, 37130 3rd Street, Darrow

· Monday, Aug. 30: Old Prairieville Fire Department, 37237 Goodwood Street, Prairieville

· Tuesday, Aug. 31: Galvez Middle School, 42018 Highway 933, Prairieville

· Wednesday, Sept. 1: St. Amant Park, 45404 Stringer Bridge Road, St. Amant

· Tuesday, Sept. 7: Dutchtown Library 13278 Highway 73, Geismar

· Thursday, Sept. 9: Lake Elementary School, 14185 Highway 431, St. Amant

· Monday, Sept. 13: Ascension Courthouse East, 828 S. Irma Boulevard, Gonzales

· Tuesday, Sept. 14: Central Primary School, 41369 Highway 621, Gonzales

· Wednesday, Sept. 15: Oak Grove Community Center, 37433 Highway 42, Prairieville

· Monday, Sept. 20: Ascension Courthouse East, 828 S. Irma Boulevard, Gonzales.
 
The Comprehensive Plan – an update of the existing plan adopted in 2003 – contains a land use map, a vision statement, goals, policies and implementation strategies.

The plan identifies such elements as future land use, including residential, commercial and industrial; location and design of future roads, schools and parks; and maps out broad strategies to finance the needed improvements.

Decision makers, such as the Parish Council and Planning Commission, use the plan’s goals, policies and implementation strategies during project review of land use and development proposals. They also apply the plan to influence how to cost-effectively extend utilities and infrastructure to new growth areas.

At previous public meetings, participants were asked to comment on appropriate locations and development patterns, as well as places that should be conserved over time. This round of meetings will focus on the plans which have been set forth and will allow planners to gain further input from citizens as to the scope and direction of the Comprehensive Plan.

“We appreciate those citizens who took the time to attend our earlier sessions,” Parish President Tommy Martinez said. “We strongly encourage people to come back, or come out for the first time, and make their voices heard. This is a vital opportunity to shape the future of our parish.”

A project Web site can be found at www.PlanAscension.org. It contains updates on the process, results of public meetings, a calendar and other important data. Information may also be obtained through the Parish Planning and Development Department at 225-621-5700.