Public open house for long-range transportation plan

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC) will host public meetings and launch an online survey in five parishes to gather public input for the Long-Range Transportation Plan for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area, a plan called MOVE2042.

The Ascension Parish open house will be held Thursday, March 9th at the Public Safety Center 736 W. Orice Roth Road, in Gonzales. Open house meetings will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting most convenient for them since the information presented will be consistent at each meeting.

The long-range transportation plan is important to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area because regionally significant transportation projects must be included in the plan to be implemented, regardless of their funding sources. CRPC Executive Director Jamie Setze is urging residents and business owners to attend the open house meetings and fill out the online survey so the public’s transportation priorities can be included in the plan.

“While traffic congestion affects everyone daily, there are certain times your input can have a major impact in solving this challenge. Now is one of those times,” Setze said. “The community’s answers to these important questions will be the foundation for expanding our transportation network for the next 25 years.”

For the first time, CRPC will also be using MetroQuest, a specialized community engagement software that will allow the public to report their priorities and recommendations through an online survey. Those attending the open house meetings will be able to view maps and displays, talk with CRPC team members and fill out online surveys on site. The survey will be available online beginning Monday, March 6th at www.crpcla.org. As another first, the meeting in East BatonRouge Parish will be jointly held with the City-Parish Planning Commission to better coordinate land use and growth concerns with transportation needs. 

For more information contact Sarah Stafford, Capital Region Planning Commission, (225) 383-5203 or email, sstafford@crpcla.org

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