Community Planning Opportunity for Donaldsonville Residents

Allison B. Hudson

On Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m. more than 30 planners from throughout the nation will convene at the Lemann Center to visit and work with community leaders and residents on locally identified questions.As a result of hard work and collaboration between the national conference local host committee and the Mayor’s office, Donaldsonville was selected as the location for this year’s Community Planning Workshop.Business Leaders, Residents, Concerned Citizens are needed to participate in this great opportunity for the City of Donaldsonville.Lunch will be served to participants.

The goal is to identify options and the framework for solution to key resident concerns.After the session the state chapter of the APA will work to further develop ideas raised during the planning workshop.

“This is also an opportunity to address affordable housing needs.Residents are urged to pick up applications from City Hall and come out and complete registration data forms for affordable housing” said Mayor Sullivan.Residents may pick the applications up at City Hall on Thursday.For more information call City Hall at 225 473 4247.

The Community Planning Workshop is a one-day event that engages community leaders, citizens, and guest planners in discussing and proposing specific solutions to urban planning challenges. They are held on annual basis in conjunction with the national conference of the American Planning Association (APA).The APA is a professional organization for people who work in the field of urban and community planning.The national conference is taking place Saturday April 10 – Tuesday April 13 in New Orleans.

Workshops typically begin with an introduction of individuals involved and a tour of the community, neighborhood, or site. Participants will form breakout groups that begin by discussing existing issues and formulate new ideas based on community needs and sound planning techniques. Each breakout group reports on its results to the entire group, and facilitators lead a discussion to form consensus around future goals and ways to achieve these goals.

Previous Community Planning Workshops have taken place in Oakland, Chicago, San Antonio, Las Vegas, and Washington DC on topics as varied as technology corridor development, park revitalization and improvement of distress communities.

More information on the program and documents from past workshops please visit http://planning.org/communityassistance/index.htm.

If you have questions about the workshop in Donaldsonville please contact Eric Shaw at eric.shaw@la.gov or Sandra Gunner at Sandra.gunner@la.gov.