CPEX has authored and co-authored a number of resources designed to inform, educate and help community leaders and residents turn their vision into reality.



Plan Baton Rouge (1998, 2009)
Elizabeth "Boo" Thomas, President/CEO of the Center for Planning Excellence, was the Director for the Plan Baton Rouge effort. The plan has guided the growth that has been catalyzed by the State of Louisiana's ambitious building program occurring in downtown Baton Rouge. It has been nationally recognized for its implementation success. 


Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan (2006)
In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Louisiana Speaks initiative created a sustainable, long-term vision for South Louisiana. The Pattern Book and Planning Toolkit help support the planning and rebuilding process and cultivate an understanding of the role citizens play in rebuilding a safer, stronger and smarter Louisiana. 


Louisiana Land Use Toolkit (2011)
As outlined in these documents, investing in communities, building more densely where appropriate, revitalizing blighted areas, and transforming brown fields into viable developments all contribute to commercial prosperity. The results benefit those that live in cities and in suburbs. It also leads to preservation of greenspace and quality of life for rural communities. 


Old South Baton Rouge Pattern Book + Community Implementation Manual (2009)
These resources were created to help a historic, but disinvested community revive its rich cultural heritage, and also documents the strategies and implementation programs that have generated reinvestment in the community.


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Coastal Land Use Toolkit (2011)
Recognizing the unique developing needs of coastal communities, this tool provides coastal-specific model development standards. The entire Coastal Toolkit can be tailored to a specific community, or individual parts may be used to address ordinance and zoning needs in coastal parishes and municipalities. The Toolkit provides clear, precise recommendations and models to aid decision makers and investors and guide development and redevelopment. 


Best Practices Manual for Coastal Development (2012)
To assist Louisiana’s coastal communities’ efforts to preserve their unique cultures and economies, CPEX developed a series of Geotypes that categorize the distrinct landscapes found across southern Louisiana and illustrate how the various natural environments have shaped community development. Adapted from local, national, and international best practices, CPEX developed strategies to reduce risks for each Geotype. The Geotypes and the strategies appropriate are clearly explained in the Best Practices Manual, designed to be accessible to a wide range of decision makers and stakeholders.


The View from the Coast (2015)
Providing the link between local and state-level decision making, this document combines community-level risk-reduction perspectives with actionable recommendations. The recommendations are intended to enable existing state and federal programs to be more responsive to community needs and better serve local decision makers in their efforts to mitigate flood damage and increase safety for those living along Louisiana’s working coast.

Resilient Jean Lafitte, Louisiana - A Flood Emergency Preparedness Plan (2015)
The Flood Emergency Preparedness Plan (FEPP) builds off a long history and knowledge of living with water. It suggests tools and strategies that will enable Lafitte's residents to continue to live in harmony with an environment that continues to be threatened by natural and man made events. The FEPP leverages existing planning work at the state, parish, and municipality levels to situate such projects and programs within Jean Lafitte's unique risk profile.

Resilient Jean Lafitte, Louisiana - Flood Preparedness Toolkit (2016)

The Jean Lafitte Flood Preparedness Toolkit provides information, guidelines and recommended regulations to reduce flood risk. This document consolidates information and recommendations from several sources into one clear and easy to understand Toolkit specific to predominant conditions in Jean Lafitte. The Toolkit provides information on key issues to consider during the building and site design and development process to educate and inform homeowners, builders, and the Town on how to best protect assets against future floods and reduce repetitive losses. Understanding key criteria, site conditions, and existing building characteristics will help determine whether to flood proof, elevate, or rebuild, and how best to do so. 



Louisiana Pedestrian Fatality Report (2014)
This resource brings attention to detailed data around the growing number of pedestrian fatalities in our state.  

Walk + Ride: A Resource Guide to Funding Pedestrian, Bicycle and Complete Streets Projects in Louisiana (2014)
This resource was created to help local officials and advocates understand the policies and navigate the processes for funding bicycle, pedestrian and other multi-modal projects that make our transportation network safe and accessible for all users. 


Complete Streets Policy Manual (2012)
The Complete Streets Policy Manual is a free resource outlining the steps to policy adoption and featuring a step-by-step look at the New Orleans policy process. Elected and appointed officials, as well as advocacy groups, interested in adopting Complete Streets policies on the local level are encouraged to download this manual to learn more about how to adopt Complete Streets legislation.

Entering the Pipeline: Engaging Disconnected Workers in our Regional Economy (2015)

This report builds on The Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s Embracing Opportunity: An Analysis of Efforts to Meet Capital Region Workforce Demands, which identifies training programs that are certifying workers for many of the most in-demand jobs in the Capital Region, and quantifies the need for expansion of some of these programs if we are to close the gap between our local supply of qualified workers and rapidly growing demand for skilled labor. CPEX's Entering the Pipeline highlights the need for a similar expansion and enhancement of programs designed to help disconnected workers in the Capital Region who need assistance to become job-ready, access transportation that connects them to opportunities, and enter the workforce.