The Planning Commission of the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was established in 1949 as a part of one of the countrys
earliest combined city and county (or city and parish) governing units. Known as the
City Parish Planning Commission, the governmental agency is directed by state law and the
Metropolitan Charter to guide the physical growth of Baton Rouge and the Parish with
comprehensive planning and land use controls.
As well as comprehensive and advance planning duties, the Planning
Commission develops zoning and subdivision regulations, and reviews rezoning and
subdivision applications. The Commission and the planning staff make recommendations to
the Metropolitan Council for ordinances, ordinance changes and land use requirements. The
work of the planning staff is guided by a 20-year comprehensive land use and development
plan the Horizon Plan that was adopted in 1992.
The Planning Commission is a nine-member board that advises elected
officials on growth and development issues for the Parish. The Commission decides on
subdivision issues that fall within existing subdivision regulations, and serves in an
advisory capacity to the Metropolitan Council on any zoning or planning ordinance changes
Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish are located in south-central
Louisiana, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge has a population of
about 230,000, and is home to both Louisiana State University and Southern University. As
the farthest inland deep water port on the Mighty Mississippi, Baton Rouge serves as a
major center of commercial and industrial activity. East Baton Rouge Parish covers about
472 square miles and has a population of about 414,833.