Second round of public open houses scheduled for capital region long-range transportation plan

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC) will host the second round of public meetings in five parishes to gather input for the Long-Range Transportation Plan for the Capital Region, a plan called MOVE2042.

The long-range transportation plan is important to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area because all regionally significant transportation projects must be included in the plan to be implemented, regardless of their funding sources.

The second round of open house meetings will ask the public to provide input on how transportation dollars should be spent, whether they are willing to support additional funds for transportation system improvements and what options they prefer for generating additional funds.

At the open houses, public input from the first round of meetings in March will be shown along with the planning team’s analysis of future growth, transportation system deficiencies and historical funding for transportation in the Capital Region.

CRPC Executive Director Jamie Setze is urging residents and business owners to attend the open house meetings and fill out an online survey so the public’s transportation priorities can be included in the plan.

We are planning our transportation network for the next 25 years, and an important part of this process is determining how the public feels our limited resources should be spent,” said Setze. “This is the best opportunity to let us know which options for generating additional funds have support.”

CRPC will again use MetroQuest, a specialized community engagement software that will allow the public to report their priorities and recommendations at the open houses or 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, August 21st at www.crpcla.org.

Open house meetings will be held in the following locations. Citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting most convenient for them since the information presented will be consistent at each meeting.

August 31 – Ascension Parish Public Open House: Gonzales Public Safety Center 736 W. Orice Roth Road, Gonzales, La. 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. For more information on MOVE2042 visit www.crpcla.org.

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