Metairie CBD Land Use and Transportation Plan
The Metairie Central Business District (CBD), like many suburban town centers, was born of the growth and prosperity experienced during the City’s rapid urbanization in the 50s, 60s and 70s. As a result, it now suffers from many of the problems associated with improper planning and land use controls, such as inadequate infrastructure, land use conflicts, lack of available development sites, relatively high property values population decline, and employment loss.
In an effort to alleviate some of these problems, Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc. (BKI) was selected by the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission and Jefferson Parish as the primary consultant to work with community partners to establish a comprehensive land use and transportation plan for the Metairie CBD. The intended purpose of this plan was to help establish the procedural model for land use data collection and community interaction used by the Parish in planning the future development of the City in its general, Parish-wide Comprehensive Plan process.
Working with a Project Steering Committee and the public, the BKI team established a plan to foster redevelopment and reuse in the CBD, while supporting pockets of stable, dense development which provide a large number of retail and office jobs to the region. The plan, as adopted through ordinance by the Parish, encourages mixed-land use, including residential and commercial elements, and is now followed and routinely consulted as part of local decision-making.