Currently, the SWLA Economic Development Alliance is assessing
sustainable building in addition to housing needs, through the Southwest
Louisiana Regional Housing Strategic Plan.
This project is jointly funded by the Alliance and the State of
Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU)
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The Alliance was granted CDBG
funding, to create a plan for housing that would guide sustainable building and
housing developments to withstand the occurrence of natural disasters. Recent industrial expansions and
announcements have compounded the need for a plan for housing to accommodate
the expected population increase in Southwest Louisiana.
The plan for housing will encompass the five parish
area of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis. The Alliance’s Housing Project consists of
three phases, a regional housing study, a resiliency housing strategy, and a
market housing strategy. These three
components will yield an encompassing strategy for building homes to meet the
area’s expansion in a resilient manner. The
Southwest Louisiana Regional Housing Strategic Plan will serve as a resource
for local government and housing developers as they navigate housing needs
during this unprecedented economic growth.
It will also assist as a recruitment tool for industry.
The Alliance is proud to announce that the Regional Housing
Strategic Plan consultant search has culminated with the selection of CSRS,
Inc. This group, based in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, proved that they have the needed skills to execute the plan in
addition to an understanding of the community and culture that is the essence
of Southwest Louisiana. The CSRS, Inc.
team has a proven practice in South Louisiana and is equipped with broad
technical expertise to assess current housing conditions and forecast demand
associated with this overwhelming economic expansion.
The Southwest Louisiana Regional Housing Strategic
Plan will give guidance on where to build, what kind of units to build, and
needed price ranges for homes. The plan will also address
infrastructure and temporary housing needs.
ensure resiliency in the event of natural disaster, the plan will address
sustainable building practices. It will
also assess when home building should increase, peak, and decrease. Forecasting demand accurately will help prevent
overbuilding, and will in turn help preserve the culture of Southwest Louisiana
as it grows and prospers.