Commission votes in favor of proposed health district
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission has recommended adopting the proposed Baton Rouge Health District into the city-parish's comprehensive plan.
The commission voted 7-3 Tuesday in favor of adding the health district to the plan. The parish Metro Council will have the final say on whether to make that happen, however.
A few members of the commission objected after questions arose about forming a district in south Baton Rouge when north Baton Rouge no longer has an emergency room.
Planning Commissioner and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer John Price countered by saying that the city-parish should take advantage of the infrastructure in south Baton Rouge.
The health district would redevelop the corridor that includes Essen Lane, Perkins Road and Bluebonnet Boulevard.