BOGALUSA — Two ordinances approved last week by the City Council should address planning and community development concerns.
The council approved development of a pocket park on Columbia Street, in the heart of the Main Street district. A second ordinance approves creation of a development plan, known as a Comprehensive Resiliency Plan.
The council authorized Mayor Charles Mizell to enter into a contract with Dana Brown and Associates to develop the plan, which Council Vice President Doug Ritchie said will include mapping and zoning to guide the city’s future development.
“It will evaluate what we are capable of and how to get there,” the mayor said.
The plan would serve as a road map for about 20 years after it is adopted.
The public will have opportunities to provide input.
The project is funded by a Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit grant and is expected to get underway later this month.
The council authorized Mizell to acquire two adjoining lots in the 400 block of Columbia Street for the park.
Main Street manager Robin Day said the park will include trees, a small stage and space for community gatherings.
The downtown development group is working to create a Bogalusaopoly game to pay for the park and other Main Street projects.