E-alert 24: Draft Coastal Plan Public Hearings  

Louisiana Speaks Administration

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PUBLIC HEARINGS on the DRAFT MASTER PLAN:
"INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION AND HURRICANE PROTECTION:
LOUISIANA'S COMPREHENSIVE MASTER PLAN FOR A SUSTAINABLE COAST"


The Louisiana Speaks Regional Vision is being created in close collaboration with Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). Louisiana Speaks is working with CPRA to develop community growth strategies and other "non-structural" means that support CPRA's work on coastal restoration and levee planning.

In December 2005, the Louisiana State legislature established the CPRA as the single state entity with the authority to focus development and implementation efforts for comprehensive coastal protection. Utilizing input from a wide variety of stakeholders over the past year, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority developed a comprehensive master plan for sustainable coastal protection integrating the two goals of hurricane protection and coastal restoration. A preliminary draft of the master plan was released in November 2006 for public comment. After reviewing these comments, the draft of the master plan was published and is now available from louisianacoastalplanning.org. Public hearings to discuss the draft plan, as well as the Louisiana Coastal Impact Assistance Program Draft Plan and the FY 2008 Annual Plan: Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana are scheduled for Houma, Lake Charles and New Orleans the last week of February and a public meeting in Abbeville is scheduled for March 1st. Copies of the DRAFT Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan for Louisiana will be available for review at Parish libraries in addition to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority--Integrated Planning Team website, louisianacoastalplanning.org. Copies of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program Draft Plan are available from: dnr.louisiana.gov/crm/ciap/ciap.asp

The following is a list of scheduled public hearings. This information is also available on the Louisiana Speaks Events Calendar.


Monday, February 26, 2007
Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center
346 Civic Center Boulevard, Houma, LA 70360
Public Hearing 5:30 pm
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
L'Auberge Dulac Hotel & Casino
777 Avenue L'Auberge, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Public Hearing 5:30 pm
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center
2045 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148
Public Hearing 5:30 pm
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Thursday, March 1, 2007
Abbeville Branch Library
405 E. St. Victor, Abbeville, LA 70510
Public Meeting 6:30 pm
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If you require special assistance to participate in a public hearing because of a disability, please contact the DNR Deputy Secretary, at P.O. 94369, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9396, or by telephone at (225) 342-4505, at least three working days prior to the meeting.

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