Iberville Parish Community Master Plan
Iberville Parish, LA

Client:
Iberville Parish
Mitchell Ourso, President
Plaquemine, LA
(225) 687-5190
Awards:
• Louisiana Chapter of American Planning Association, Current Topic Award for 2006 - Planning for Economic Development Using Smart Growth Principles
• Louisiana Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for Planning

 


The Iberville Master Plan represents a plan for economic development through quality of life in a parish with a population of approximately 32,000 persons. This plan looks beyond the standard attempt to attract business and industry to the idea that community development leads to economic development. Most importantly, the plan calls attention to the compelling cultural history, quality of life and natural environment as a basis for growing the economy of Iberville Parish from within. Moore Planning Group, LLC (MPG) was the prime consultant and was responsible for conducting the work from initiation through completion. Some of the principal tasks of MPG included:

• Conducting inventory and analysis of the project area
• Facilitating community visioning meetings
• Developing goals
• Conceptual planning and master planning
• Developing implementation strategies, design guidelines, focus area
• Concepts, and graphic design/ layout of report
• Producing the final master plan report

The development of the master plan required analyzing existing conditions which led to revealing opportunities for sustainable growth, identifying priority areas and establishing strategies for quality-of-life improvements as well as land use planning and economic development implementation. The priorities and goals of the Atchafalaya Basin Program, which was the funding agency, also had to be met in the plan. Within one month of completion, this plan was used to attract over $500,000 in funding commitments for quality of life projects. One of the projects, the Plaquemine Waterfront Park, is currently under construction from designs and construction documents developed by the landscape architect team. Other similar projects are currently under consideration by funding agencies. By assessing and linking the natural, human, and cultural assets with the visions of citizens and state of Louisiana economic initiatives, the quality of life and, thus, economic upgrade of the region can be preserved and enhanced.