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Leaders in Terrebonne outline vision for future


Houma, La. - When Terrebonne Parish leaders drew up their last master plan in 2004, it called for, among other ideas, development outside the city limits of Houma. The retail corridor in Bayou Cane was born.

Now there's Vision 2030, a plan for the next two decades.

"2030 is not that far off," says Terrebonne Parish Planning and Zoning Director Pat Gordon. 'We look forward to 2030. We believe it will be very prosperous for Terrebonne Parish."

A strategic planning committee put together the vision, covering everything from roads to building codes.

Transportation ideas include more bike trails and walking paths through the parish, along with the completion of I-49. Vision 2030 also calls for downtown Houma to be a destination where people can live, work and play.

Gordon says many people consider quality of life the most important factor for the future of Terrebonne Parish

"We're going to promote paddle trails, we're going to promote more parks in Terrebonne Parish," says Gordon. "In fact the streets that we design in Terrebonne Parish in the future will be complete streets.  So the streets will not only move vehicular traffic but will also move pedestrians and bikes and also have some landscaping strips, just like you see in more progressive communities throughout the United States."

The Vision 2030 plan also predicts new development in areas that once would have been abandoned, areas that flooded in past storms. It sees a completed interim Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system.

"We're going to see a migration to the south," says Gordon. "We've been losing population in the southern portions of the parish for years. That should stabilize in the next five or six years and we believe within ten years, we'll see a regrowth or a renaissance of the bayou communities."

2030 may seem like the distant future, but Terrebonne President Michel Claudet says parish leaders can't make decisions now if they don't know where they're going.

"This gives us a great blueprint for infrastructure, land usage and all the many things that we're doing so well in Terrebonne parish," says Claudet.

Parish leaders want input on their master plan. They're holding a public meeting on it at 6:00 Wednesday night at the Government Tower.

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