WHAT IS THE MPC?

The Shreveport | Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) is a planning organization that was established in 1954  by Act 189  of the Louisiana Legislature and authorized by the City of Shreveport and Caddo Parish.  It is responsible for:

  … the orderly physical development of the City of Shreveport and the surrounding area of Caddo Parish known as the planning limits (approximately five miles beyond the incorporated boundary).  The jurisdiction of the MPC covers an area of approximately 307 square  miles.

The principal functions of the MPC includes the processing  of zoning, platting, site plan, variance and other development  related  applications, along with zoning enforcement, long range  planning, and the issuing of various permits including certificates of occupancy and sign  permits. These services are provided by the MPC through the following organizational departments: Administrative, Land Development, Community Planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Zoning Enforcement.

The MPC is responsible for administering  policies, programs and regulations that guide the development within its jurisdiction as follows:

  • Prepares and adopts a general plan
  • Reviews site plans and subdivision regulations
  • Prepares staff reports and advises the Planning Commission,  Zoning Board of Appeals, Shreveport City Council, and the Caddo Parish Commission on decisions affecting the built environment
  • Reviews proposed zoning amendments

The MPC is also responsible for maintaining and monitoring compliance with the Shreveport-Caddo 2030 Master Plan, the city’s Comprehensive Plan.