November 2016
D ear Members & Friends,

Another Good Growth Awards is in the books - thank you to all the wonderful sponsors, award nominees and winners! The event was attended by 400+ Baton Rouge leaders. Thirteen project awards were given, as well as 3 individual awards. Pictures and details from the event are below.

Also, we have welcomed Jill Sylvest to the Baton Rouge Growth Coalition team. Jill will be handling membership, communications and events moving forward, taking over for Sage Foley. She can be reached at 

Thank you,

Larry S. Bankston
Executive Director


THANK YOU to Sponsors, Award Nominees, Winners, Guests and Public Officials that joined us last week to celebrate GOOD GROWTH in Baton Rouge!  See you in 2018!

FutureBR still a wor k in Progress

In the September 2 issue of the    Greater Baton Rouge Business  Report's Planning Director Frank Duke provided update on the rollout of the FutureBR plan.
"Of the plan's 577 action items, only 85 were considered "not initiated" as of May 2015. On the other hand, only 25 were listed as "implemented" or "complete," while 84 are classified as  "institutional," meaning they are ongoing by nature as part of the lead agency's mission. ...
"I don't think anyone cares about how many action statements we accomplish," he says. "What people care about is, are we making progress toward achieving the kind of community that FuturEBR envisions?" "

Read the full article here.

Photo and story courtesy of Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.

Third-Party Providers  Proposals Rejected by City-Parish

As the Growth Coalition reported in past newsletters, the City-Parish sought to supplement its permitting workforce by soliciting proposals from private third-party reviewers. The City-Parish received only three proposals which have recently been rejected. Two of the contractors requested a retainer to provide the services to the permit office.

Having abandoned contracting directly with third parties, the City-Parish has agreed to create an expedited review process. Upon submission by a qualified third-party, there will be an expedited plan review. The City Parish has agreed to complete the plan review within seven business days for a single family residential projects and 21 business days for a commercial project. Responses to review comments will be addressed in three business days for both commercial and residential projects. The City-Parish is considering an up charge for access to this process. The initial suggestion has been a plan review fee of two times the current rate to access to expedited review. This is currently under review.

Applicants electing to utilize this service may select any third party provider from the state approved list found at Upon completion of the technical code review by the third party provider, the applicant shall provide the Permit & Inspection Division with a digital copy of the approved plans along with a signed statement from the third party provider stating that the plans for the proposed work are compliant with all applicable state-mandated building codes. 

The Baton Rouge Growth Coalition has continued to work with the City-Parish on this issue. If you have any questions or comments please contact Larry Bankston.

Farewell & Thanks to Greg Ducote
Planning Commissioner Gregory Joseph Ducote pass away in July. We thank Ducote for his service and commitment to Baton Rouge and send out best wishes to his friends and family.

Read the obituary here.
Welcome New Planning Commission  Member Kathryn Juneau
Kathryn Juneau was appointed by the Metro Council on  October 12, 2016 to serve on the Planning Commission.  Kathryn is an advisor with Sperry Van Ness | Graham, Langlois & Legendre, LLC.

Kathryn will be a welcomed addition to the Commission.

BRGC Welcomes New Members

The Growth Coalition welcomes 12 New Members!

There is power in numbers - 
thank you for joining our ranks! 

Interested in Growth Coalition Membership? 
Contact Jill Sylvest  here.