Whether it's an individual campus or site, a neighborhood, or an entire city or Parish, CPEX brings together partners at every scale of planning to make quality places a reality in Louisiana.

Madisonville Vision (2018)

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The was the first planning effort undertaken by the town of Madisonville. The town recognized that sprawling suburban growth, increased traffic, and a historic lack of guidance or vision all posed risks for the town. Madisonville was also grappling with substantial flooding and environmental threats; it is in the coastal zone, and many properties are subject to powerful storm surge and flooding. The rising cost of insurance and elevating buildings threatens the viability of the community and complicates accessibility for an aging population while development sprawls out into sensitive wetland areas. Through an extensive public engagement process, CPEX developed a Town Vision that defines visionary goals and grounds them in feasible project recommendations. Recommendations include enhancing the riverfront park, improving parking and beautifying the streets, and regulating new development so that it fits in with the town’s existing character. The project implementation matrix provides Madisonville’s officials, town staff, and plan advisory committee with a method for setting priorities, breaking down projects into discrete phases, and identifying potential project partners and funding sources.

st. james campus MASTER Plan (2016)

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CPEX led a consultant team who reviewed various existing plans that informed and influenced the Campus Master Plan, including 2015 Strategic Plan, enrollment data, national and local trends in the Episcopal Church, as well as existing conditions of the physical campus and mechanical systems to determine expansion capacity. 

St. James' campus master plan provides a long-term vision to guide future growth and investment, create lasting value and ensure individual decisions are part of a larger framework supported by its members. It also establishes a framework for decision-making and development for next 15 to 20 years, providing the necessary space to grow the programs prioritized in the 2015 Strategic Plan. 


In 2016, Baton Rouge Area Foundation embarked on a master plan for restoring the Baton Rouge Lakes, which are in need of structural and design improvements to be optimized for enjoyment by future generations. CPEX's expertise was called on to design and implement a community outreach process, including gathering public input and managing media relations.


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CPEX worked with Gonzales residents, staff, stakeholders, and elected officials to create a vision and guiding principles of the plan that reflect the core values and supports residents’ and stakeholders’ desires for the future of Gonzales. The comprehensive plan specifically addresses the city’s land use, urban design, downtown redevelopment, transportation, housing, neighborhoods, and a prosperous economy. 


CPEX led a consultant team who reviewed existing strategic and architectural plans and landscape designs, researched educational and religious campus trends, interviewed community stakeholders, developed a campus vision to guide the planning endeavors. The result was a plan that improves safety, access, and cohesion around a central campus green, accommodates future church and school growth, and facilitates community gathering and learning. The final campus plan provides guidance for growth and investment over the next 15-20 years.

Thibodaux Tomorrow: Community visioning and zoning update (2013)

CPEX facilitated a process for developing a vision and code update that engaged the public in forming a common development vision, which informed updates to the land use map, zoning ordinance, and subdivision regulations. 


In 2007, St. Charles Parish decided to take action to update their 1980 comprehensive plan that focused on growth management—no longer an issue in the parish. A suburb of New Orleans that occupies land on both sides of the Mississippi River, St. Charles found itself urbanizing in spite of slow growth, and due to natural and industrial conditions, little land in the parish was available for expansion.

Zachary greenway (2009)

In 2009 the City of Zachary had a number of disparate design elements, lacking theme or connection. The park and trail systems that constituted the city needed a cohesive vision to illustrate what recreational aspects of the community could become.


In 2009, the town of Jena, LA turned to CPEX for a master plan to address and embrace residential growth and to accommodate and capitalize on proposed changes to Hwy 84. CPEX helped assemble a Core Support Group that was the champion and sounding board for the consultant team during the nine month planning process. The Town Master Plan was adopted January 26, 2010 and includes both a policy component to guide incremental change over time and a design component to guide physical improvements. 

old south baton rouge neighborhood planning

This three square mile area of approximately 11,800 residents between downtown Baton Rouge and Louisiana State University is both culturally and historically rich, but suburban growth and increased mobility has led to a steady population decline over the past several decades.

Over its history, CPEX has worked with residents and stakeholders of Old South Baton Rouge to identify opportunities for growth and enrichment, including developing a Pattern Book of architectural styles distinct to the neighborhood; an implementation plan for activities outlined in the strategic plan; and an implementation manual detailing strategies for successfully enacting projects. 

DOWNTOWN LAKE CHARLES master plan (2006)

After hurricane Rita devastated Lake Charles – closing businesses, destroying homes across the city, taking out thousands of trees and sending a storm surge up into the businesses and homes that call the lakefront downtown area home, Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach stepped up and determined that a long term plan for recovery and growth was in order. Beyond just planning for dealing with the acute recovery needs from the hurricane, the plan would need to account for long-term economic growth and sustainable development in downtown Lake Charles.

“Louisiana speaks” Regional Plan


In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast less than four weeks apart, damaging more than 200,000 homes, 81,000 businesses and 870 schools. More than 1,500 lives were lost and more than 1.3 million Louisianians were displaced. Areas along the southwestern Louisiana coast were decimated by winds and water, and nearly 80% of New Orleans was flooded when the federal levees failed.

PLAN BATON ROUGE: Phases I & II (1998, 2008)

Elizabeth "Boo" Thomas, President/CEO of the Center for Planning Excellence, was the Director for the Plan Baton Rouge effort in 1998. 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. Following ten years of successful implementation of the original plan, CPEX, in partnership with the Downtown Development District and the City of Baton Rouge, embarked upon the ambitious Plan Baton Rouge Phase II update process in 2008.