Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) is making preparations for PlanLafayette Week. PlanLafayette Week begins this week and will also be marked by the release of the draft comprehensive plan.
Officials have said that the draft plan will be organized into four “big ideas.” The events that comprise PlanLafayette Week will be structured around educating the public about the action items recommended in those four big ideas.
Leading up to the week, LCG officials have shared previews of the four big ideas and some of the bigger action items associated with each element.
The final idea, Reenvision Natural Resources, relates the action items in the plan that address making Lafayette Parish a beautiful community and finding opportunity in some of the environmental challenges that exist in south Louisiana.
A preview of some of the key action items includes:
· Improving the health of the Bayou Vermilion
· Strengthening stormwater management and protection from flooding using Green Infrastructure
· Developing policies and programs that lead to a more beautiful and attractive Lafayette
The Lafayette Economic Development Authority has partnered with LCG on promoting this theme by bringing Dana Brown to Lafayette. Ms. Brown is a New Orleans resident and nationally-recognized speaker on planning and environmental issues.
"LEDA is happy to host Dana Brown and a panel of our community's leaders who are passionate about this issue. Environmental concerns and quality of life issues need to be addressed so they do not affect the community's business retention and recruitment efforts, as well as workforce recruitment. I am excited to see this theme in the Comprehensive Plan, and we are excited to help start a community dialogue around this issue," said Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO of LEDA.
About Dana Brown
During her 34 years of experience as a Landscape Architect and Planner, Dana Nunez Brown has worked for firms in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Boston, and Orange County, California. Dana worked for EDAW, Inc. and Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. in California for over 15 years before returning to Louisiana and settling in New Orleans where she now serves as President and Principal of Dana Brown & Associates, Inc. Dana’s work in Louisiana has focused on community planning, ecological design, and public outreach along with leading various Louisiana projects.
Dana worked tirelessly for two years to address the EPA and Louisiana Department of Environment Quality requirements for improving water quality in East Baton Rouge Parish. She not only helped revise chapters of the Unified Development Code, she authored a manual to guide developers and other design professionals in designing and implementing stormwater best management practices. She periodically provides her expertise on Low Impact Development, Stormwater Management, Smart Growth, and Ecologically Based Development by making presentations at councils, universities, associations, and seminars across the state. She holds a B.L.A. degree from Louisiana State University and M.L.A. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a registered landscape architect, licensed in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and California. She is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a Certified Planner (AICP), and a Certified Stormwater Inspector (CSI). Dana is also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), in which she serves as Past President of the Louisiana Chapter of ASLA and is a Board Member of the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council. In the community, Dana serves as Chair of AARP’s Louisiana Livable Communities Council, which not only promotes smart growth and accessibility, but also fosters statewide legislation in bicycle rider safety and implementation of Complete Streets.
During her professional career, Dana served as Assistant Professor in the 1980s and more recently as Associate Professor from 2002 to 2005 in the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. She has also lectured at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the University of California, Irvine.