Boom Coming Soon in Louisiana

With a new four-lane highway and bridge, West Feliciana Parish in Louisiana is preparing for growth -- despite the economic downturn.

"West Feliciana officials took a lesson from communities in the region that had experienced rapid residential growth that outpaced infrastructure development-Ascension Parish, for instance.

The comprehensive plan attempts to implement a vision of growth gleaned from community workshops. The consensus was that the parish ought to maintain its scenic, laid-back flavor while embracing the economic and population changes that Jones believes are inevitable.

'How do you balance Mayberry and growth in the 21st century? We don't know, but that's what we are trying to do,' Jones says.

Between 10,000 to 16,000 residents could be added to the parish by the time the dust settles, Jones says."

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