The Baton Rouge Growth Coalition (BRGC) requests that certain language be amended for clarity purposes, and further requests that certain portions be deleted until there is a clear understanding of the intended and unintended consequences of this proposal. A link to our revised draft of the ordinance is found below.
BRGC opposes the requirement that increases the existing flood volume storage capacity below the base flood elevation established for the site by at least ten percent. We are unaware of any jurisdiction in Louisiana imposing this requirement. This could result in substantial additional costs to a project. Baker, Zachary and Central are not subject to these proposed changes. Further, Ascension and Livingston have no such rule, which will result in development moving away from East Baton Rouge to those jurisdictions. The design professionals pointed out that it would take decades in order to accumulate sufficient capacities to make even a one or two-inch difference. Also, there are concerns that commercial development could simply not comply with these requirements.
See the link to the BRGC draft changes to the ordinance. A link outlining suggested changes and talking points are found below.