Update provided on FutureBR progress

FutureBR has been in effect for more than two years and already some sort of activity has been done on 78 percent of the action items outlined in the long-term land-use and development plan for East Baton Rouge Parish.

There are 577 action items outlined in FutureBR, according to Lael Holton, advance planning manager for the city-parish Planning Commission.

As of December, work has been initiated or is ongoing on 378 items. Another 71 items are institutional and considered part of an agency’s day-to-day business.

Holton said work has been implemented or completed on 29 items. There are 99 items that work has either not started on, or need to be reassigned to another agency to be accomplished.

The action items range from aligning all land-use regulations including zoning, ordinance changes and subdivision regulations to FutureBR, which is considered an institutional duty of the planning commission, to developing neighborhood community improvement plans for home improvements, traffic and connectivity in distressed neighborhoods, which is a task completed by the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority.

The annual progress report is part of the FutureBR plan. Twenty-six agencies, ranging from the Office of the Mayor-President to the Department of Public Works, are designated as lead organizations and provide their own annual progress reports.