'Smarth growth' summit being held in Baton Rouge
Community planners and national experts on everything from housing to transportation issues are gathering in Baton Rouge this week.
The Center for Planning Excellence, a Baton Rouge-based organization, is hosting its fifth annual Smart Growth Summit to talk about comprehensive planning efforts for neighborhoods, communities and cities.
The summit runs from Wednesday through Friday.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden will be the keynote speakers on opening day.
Panelists will discuss development projects since hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck five years ago and efforts to develop a passenger rail service from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
One panel will center on the differences in responding to the oil spill, compared to other disasters.
Other groups will focus on coastal management and building code enforcement.