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Miller: RPC will study growth in South Tangipahoa Parish

Miller: RPC will study growth in South Tangipahoa Parish
Posted: Aug 9, 2018
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ROBERT—The Regional Planning Commission will soon begin a multi-faceted study focusing on land use, transportation, and resilience in the southeastern portion of Tangipahoa Parish.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the RPC study will involve scenario planning for alternative land use, focusing on the high-growth area bounded by US 190 to the north, the Tangipahoa River to the west and all points south and east to the parish lines.

Miller, who serves as this year’s chairman of the RPC, said this study is something he’s championed since he assumed the Parish President’s office in January 2016.

“One of the very first things we discovered when I took office is that the RPC did not have this portion of Tangipahoa Parish on its radar,” Miller said, describing how he spent his first eight months in office working with the RPC to “amend and expand” their service area to include this rural but highly attractive growth corridor on the southeast corner of the parish.

The study will take approximately 12 months, and Miller said technicians will tackle a number of tasks from establishing a project management committee and developing a timeline to compiling actual demographics, traffic counts, and utility data before the group can offer conceptual land use and transportation plans.

“The goal is to ultimately coordinate these concerns into the RPC’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Updates for the parish,” Miller said.

He said a number of local, state, and regional stakeholders will partner to develop the study.

“In addition to the RPC, Tangipahoa Parish Government is working side-by-side with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and a host of other partners to compile the most accurate information so that this plan will serve us well moving forward,” Miller said.

Over time, traffic counts will be collected from a number of major roadways in this area, including Lee’s Landing Road, Firetower Road, Mike Cooper/Harvey Lavigne Road on both the north and south sides of the growth zone. Consultants will be conducting multi-day traffic counts on LA 445, LA 22, and US 190 across this high-growth area, as well as I-12 between LA 3158 and LA 445 and I-12 between LA 445 and LA 1077.

“This is going to be a data-rich study that will literally move us into the next decade,” Miller said.

“Based on the results of this study, the consultants will be able to recommend preferred development plans for our parish to consider, including a look at short term and long term infrastructure priorities and the policy measures needed to advance the needs outlined in this plan,” Miller said.

The RPC is dedicating $120,000 toward this project, which will include maps and resources the parish can utilize for future purposes.

“This has been a long time coming, but we are so appreciative and excited to see what the experts are able to share with us. Our goal is to proactively plan for growth, not to sit idly by and react once these issues arise,” Miller said.