Master Plan / Comprehensive Plan
Shreveport, like most any city its size, should have a comprehensive master plan which acts as a guide or tool in helping the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) promote orderly growth and solve day to day land use issues. This master plan also provides the basis on which the commission makes its recommendations. The plan should not be limited to physical planning such as locations of streets, parks, or commercial centers, but should also incorporate social issues, environmental issues, and financial issues— anything that the community identifies as a vital thread in its development.
One of the city’s more valuable assets is its Riverfront. The MPC is viewed by the citizens as the protector of their interest on the Riverfront. A major master planning effort is underway and will become a Master Plan element.
The MPC has worked with many neighborhoods in identifying needs and helping overcome problems and constraints, thus making Shreveport’s neighborhoods a vital part of the city. Whether it be guiding future land uses or stopping encroachment of commercial uses into a neighborhood, or literally revitalizing the neighborhood, the commission and its staff can provide assistance. The Highland Partnership is a wonderful example of how city government, residents, and business people of a neighborhood can come together to work for the good of a neighborhood.
The MPC deals with all aspects of transportation planning— from airports to highways, from waterways to bike-ways. These transportation systems form the skeleton of the city, upon which, the city’s shape and character are molded. Without well planned transportation systems, development of the city’s land areas would be chaotic or sporadic at best. The city’s transportation plan, which was adopted in 1996, identifies the needs of Shreveport and makes recommendations to guide the city’s growth into the 21st century.
The MPC deals with a wide array of environmental issues. Flooding, which has gained a new awareness as of late, is a topic of concern. The commission continues to control development within floodplain areas in an effort to reduce the effects of flooding on properties. There is also the need to control development in order to reduce runoff and associated contaminants into the bayous and rivers, especially Cross Lake, the city’s sole water source. Protecting and restoring the natural resources is essential if the city is to exist in harmony with rather than dominate and destroy the environment.