By Brittany Pieper – email
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –A greener city is one of the top priorities for the Shreveport Master Plan. On Saturday the public got its 1st look at the draft of what the planning committee hopes the city will look like 20 years from now. The chief planner said the 3 biggest points to the plan are all about going green. It includes more green spaces and parks, more public transit options that are better for the environment, and bringing more housing back to the inner part of the city. The planning committee hopes bringing more people to live in downtown will lead to a more efficient use of resources and bring more businesses in to make a more vibrant downtown area.
"They'd really like to see downtown be more exciting. Have more going on and more people living there. There was a tremendous support for bringing population and bringing the neighborhoods back in the inner city and the central part of the city, said Chief Planner, Larissa Brown.
Brown couldn't say how much it would cost to implement the plan. She said some would require public funding, but once it got started they hope more private entities will invest in the projects. The documented plan itself cost Shreveport-Caddo about $1.2 million, but they say having a plan will make it easier to get grant money.
Now, there is a 2 month reaction period. The Metropolitan Planning Commission will hold 2 public hearings on September 29th and October 20th at 6 p.m.. Then, the MPC will vote on the plan on October 3rd. After that, it will go to the Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commissioners.
Most of the people at Saturday's meeting seemed to like the plan, but also said it will take a lot of commitment and follow through that may or may not be there.
If you want to read more about the plan click here, or you can find a hard copy at any of Shreveport's public libraries.