September 12, 2011
A narrative of how to maintain planning district office operations in the event of a disaster or hazard that may effect overall office continuity, including resilency, a workbook detailing staff and local and district contacts, and an action plan dealing with mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery… Continue reading? →
June 23, 2011
“Best Resiliency Practices” (2011) was developed to illustrate reasonable and appropriate practices undertaken by regional economic development districts to support the resiliency and/or relief and recovery activities following disaster or other significant events, such as severe tropical weather and coastal catastrophes.
Support by Planning Districts is given for local government members. Planning Districts function as a convener and liaison between hard-hit communities and their leaders who have experienced direct impact from a disaster and those State and Federal or other agencies attempting to provide relief. Often, this is in the form of coordination or collaboration by District Staff with area non-profit and other relief/response agencies.
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April 19, 2011
Redistricting is an issue that must be addressed by every political body. Redistricting is the redrawing of boundaries for areas from which people elect representatives. Both State Law and Federal Law require election districts to be representative of its voting popoulation and to be examined using data from the decennial Census. The data was delivered to Congress and must be delivered to States no later than April 1, 2011 (1 year after Census Day).
Based on election cycles of 2011 and requirements of Louisiana law, it is urgent that local governing jurisdictions in Louisiana make arrangements to conduct an immediate and timely redistricting/reapportionment process.
A reapportionment plan must be completed in time to review the proposed plan, have a public hearing, respond to issues from the public hearing, prepare ordinances and resolutions, accept the plan, and submit it to the appropriate bodies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, in a timely fashion. Each reapportion plan must be approved and accepted for implementation prior to the next qualification of elections. In effect, this requirements tightens the time availability for completing the prcoess due to Fall 2011 elections.
All plans must be submitted for U.S. Department of Justice review at least 60 … Continue reading? →