|SEN. LANDRIEU SPONSORS ‘SMART GROWTH’ SUMMIT AT SOUTHEASTERN APRIL
HAMMOND -- U.S. Senator
Mary Landrieu will sponsor a summit on “Smart Growth in Louisiana Communities”
– a forum designed to address challenges associated with rapid growth –
at Southeastern Louisiana University on Monday, April 18.
The meeting, which is cosponsored
with the Police Jury Association of Louisiana, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at Twelve Oaks, the university’s reception hall located on Texas Avenue.
“Stress on infrastructure
caused by rapid growth, often exacerbated by the lack of proper planning
and adequate research, can be detrimental to a community and region,” Landrieu
said in announcing the summit. “By the same token, innovative and inspiring
examples of smart growth development and infrastructure planning can create
flourishing neighborhoods, dynamic streetscapes, and overall improvement
in the quality of life for a community.”
Morning sessions will cover
a variety of topics, including a general overview of community planning
in Louisiana by attorney and urban planner Stephen Villavaso, president
of Villavaso and Associates of New Orleans; implementing smart growth by
Stephen Oubre of Architects Southwest of Lafayette, Elizabeth Thomas, executive
director of Plan Baton Rouge and Patrick Moore of Moore Planning Group
The luncheon speaker is
Paul Zykofsky, director of land use and transportation programs for Local
Government Commission of Sacramento, Calif. A manager of LGC’s Center for
Livable Communities, he will speak on smart growth from coast to coast.
Afternoon sessions include
discussions on rural lands and growth issues by Anna Kleiner, assistant
professor of sociology at Southeastern, and Bill Hodge of Carroll County,
Ga.; and smart transportation by Zykofsky and Keith Villere, former
mayor of Covington. A wrap-up session, “The Road from Here,” will be presented
by Landrieu and Villavaso.
“We are pleased to host
this important summit which will provide representatives of our state’s
communities with valuable insight into how we can improve our communities
in the face of significant issues and concerns related to growth,” said
Southeastern President Randy Moffett.
The cost to attend the
summit is $25 per person or $15 for college students and includes lunch.
Reservations can be made on line by visiting Landrieu’s Web site, www.landrieu.senate.gov,
or by calling Rowdy Gaudet at the senator’s Southwest Louisiana regional
The summit is a follow up to programs
sponsored previously by Landrieu, including the Fastest Growing Parishes/Smart
Growth Summit I last year in New Orleans and a smart growth presentation
she chaired at the 2004 Louisiana Municipal Association Conference.