Belle Terre Streetscape and Stormwater Enhancements
The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf States Act (RESTORE Act) was signed into law on July 6, 2012 to aid in mitigation of economic and environmental damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon spill. The RESTORE Act dedicates 80% of all administrative and civil penalties related to the spill to a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund and outlines a structure by which the funds can be utilized to restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast region.
St. John the Baptist Parish proposes utilizing these funds for the design of the Belle Terre Blvd. Streetscape and Stormwater Enhancements project. This project will feature green infrastructure installations designed to alleviate flooding and replenish groundwater, in addition to streetscape improvements to enhance livability and quality of life. These funds were previously earmarked for a breakwater project on the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline; the breakwater project will continue under GOMESA funds that are available to be used for coastal conservation and protection.
A full description of the plan can be found here.(PDF, 205KB)
Proposed renderings of the project can be found here.(PDF, 557KB)
A funding matrix of the project can be found here.(XLSX, 30KB)
Manchac Greenway Master Plan
St. John the Baptist Parish proposes utilizing the remaining $142,633.74 of available funds for the development of the Manchac Greenway Master Plan. The Master Plan will develop conceptual improvements for evaluation and implementation along the greenway, including projects for improved access to outdoor recreation and natural resources; increased connectivity for multi-modal transportation; economic development through eco-tourism; and protection/preservation of wetlands, wildlife habitat, and natural areas.
Public participation is an important part of the project development process. Projects are selected based on specific criteria and meaningful input from the public. A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:30 PM virtually via Zoom. The Zoom meeting information is provided below. The purpose of the public hearing will be to discuss and receive comments on the Multiyear Implementation Plan. The Multiyear Implementation Plan is available online and at the St. John the Baptist Parish Planning and Zoning Department for review prior to the public hearing. Comments may be submitted to the Parish through email or regular mail until 4:30 PM on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
A full description of the plan can be found here.(PDF, 241KB)
A funding matrix of the project can be found (XLSX, 30KB)here.(PDF, 121KB)