Project Summary

Title: Smart Growth Education Projects for Tangipahoa, Washington, St. John the Baptist and UNOSt.Tammany Parishes

Partner: University of New Orleans, Department of Geography, Mahtab Lodhi, Ph.D.

Duration of Project: August 2007-October 2008

Project Description: Due to budget restraints and a lack of resources, rural communities sometimes lack the GIS capabilities necessary to provide them with a competitive edge in the development process.  On behalf of our region in Louisiana, our partners at the University of New Orleans created a smart growth website.  In the past year, the website was enhanced to include a mapping application component.  The component allows planners, economic developers and decision makers to not only see their municipalities in different views, such as a satellite image, land cover and even a local street map, but to create custom maps to suit their individual timelines and specific development needs.  By providing our rural communities in Louisiana with additional resources, we are providing them with the tools necessary to play an active role in shaping the future of their communities.  

Objectives: The project was designed to accomplish the following three goals: 1) developing a web-based remote sensing teaching tool; 2) making an assessment of economic, demographic, social, and environmental trends in St. Tammany, Washington, St. John the Baptist, and Tangipahoa parishes, and 3) St. Tammany case study.  During the course of research, it was considered prudent to merge objective 2 and 3 into a single objective with a focus on urbanization in the above mentioned parishes particularly the St. Tammany Parish during the last 30 years or so.

Reports and Publications:
1. Progress Report I, PDF 48KB
2. Progress Report II, PDF 216KB
3. Progress Report III, PDF 2.76 MB
4. Lodhi, M. 2008. Smart Growth and Sustainable Development Education Project For St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes of Southeast Louisiana. Final report submitted by University of New Orleans, Department of Geography. PDF, 3.84MB
5. Website: Louisiana Remote Sensing and Sustainable Growth