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Covington City Council Hearing and Public Plan Adoption

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The Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 presents a hearing and public plan adoption at the Covington City Council Chambers on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is a free public event.

If you are not able to attend in-person, a live online viewing option is available. The presentation will be recorded and available for viewing on the project website. Any input is welcome via email at info@covingtonplan2030.com. Find Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 on facebook or visit them online at covingtonplan2030.com.

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Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 Public Meeting Monday March 15th

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Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 meetings continue with a Planning Commission meeting on Monday, March 15th, 2021. This meeting is open to the public, a live viewing option is available if you are unable to attend. You can see past presentations and meeting records from the Covington Comprehensive Plan here. Any meeting feedback, input, or questions are welcomed at info@covingtonplan2030.com.

Planning Commission and Public Meeting

Monday, March 15, 2021
6:30 PM 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers (map)

Meeting purpose:

  • Comprehensive plan review and feedback

Another meeting for the Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 will be held Monday April 19, 2021. Learn more, review the plan and get involved at www.covingtonplan2030.com

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A Morning with Mayor Mark – Coffee & Conversation March 9th

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City of Covington Mayor Mark Johnson invites you to join him for A Morning of Coffee & Conversation at the Bogue Falaya Hall on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021, from 9 am – 10 am.

Mayor Mark continues this quarterly informal meet-and-greet with the public to give updates and talk about recent news in town. He may even share a historical anecdote. Coffee and other refreshments are provided by Campbell’s Coffee.

Because of social distancing measures seating is limited – please register in advance at bontempstix.com/events/morningwithmayormark if you would like to attend. This is a free event.

Visit covla.com and sign up for Mayor Mark’s emails for more updates.

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Upcoming Public Meetings in March, 2021 – City of Covington

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Upcoming City of Covington public meetings for the month of March, 2021, including Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 meeting. All meetings are held in compliance with local COVID mandates, attendance is limited. You can see past presentations and meeting records from the Covington Comprehensive Plan here. Any meeting feedback, input, or questions are welcomed at info@covingtonplan2030.com.

View video of past City Council Meetings here, meeting agendas and approved minutes here.

Covington City Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
City Council Chambers (map)
Meeting purpose: Public general meeting, Covington City Council

Planning Commission and Public Meeting – Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030

Monday, March 15, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers (map)
Meeting purpose: Comprehensive plan review and feedback

Another public hearing/plan adoption meeting for the Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 will be held Monday April 19, 2021. Learn more, review the plan and get involved at www.covingtonplan2030.com

The Covington Historic District Commission (CHDC) meeting is Tuesday March 9th at 4 pm. Deadline for this meeting was February 11th. The deadline for the April meeting is March 11th.

Board of Adjustments (BOA) meeting is Monday March 15th at 6 pm. The deadline for this meeting was February 5th. The deadline for the April meeting is March 5th.

Learn more at www.covla.com

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Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 Web-Meeting Monday February 22nd

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Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 meetings continue with a Steering Committee & Stakeholders webinar on Monday, February 22nd, 2021. This meeting is open to the public, register in advance here. You can see past presentations and meeting records from the Covington Comprehensive Plan here. Any meeting feedback, input, or questions are welcomed at info@covingtonplan2030.com.

Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 Steering Committee and Stakeholders Meeting (Open to Public)

  • Monday, February 22, 2021
  • 5:30 PM 7:00 PM

Please register through this link prior to the event.
The meeting can be accessed via video or by calling in.

Another meeting for the Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 will be held Monday March 15, 2021. Learn more, review the plan and get involved at www.covingtonplan2030.com

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Upcoming Public Meetings for Covington’s 2030 Plan

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The Covington Comprehensive Plan 2030 continues into the new year with two public meetings in January. The first meeting is a Planning Commission Public Meeting on Monday January 11th, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Covington City Council Chambers.

From CovingtonPlan2030.com:

About the Plan

The Comprehensive Plan Update project will include an assessment and revision to the City’s existing 2007 Comprehensive Plan. It will ensure consistency with the City’s evolving vision and assist the City in developing a more resilient place – one in which environmental, social, and economic resilience are inextricably connected and interdependent. The City established a Steering Committee that will assist the planning team and guide the project progress.

Upcoming Meetings:

Planning Commission and Public Meeting

Monday, January 11, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers (map)
Meeting purpose: Comprehensive planning workshop

Planning Commission and Public Meeting

Monday, January 25, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers (map)
Meeting purpose: Comprehensive plan review

Planning Commission and Public Meeting

Monday, February 8, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
City Council Chambers (map)
Meeting purpose: Public hearing/plan adoption

COVID-19 Statement: The novel COVID-19 pandemic caused an unexpected impact on the comprehensive plan update project. For the safety of all residents, meetings were postponed following the outbreak in early 2020. Meetings resumed on November 14, 2020 under Phase III reopening procedures. Meeting registration is not required, but venue attendance will be limited to 45 persons at the City Council Chambers and 75 persons at the Bogue Falaya Hall. All meetings will be recorded and posted to this website. Any meeting feedback, input, or questions are welcomed at info@covingtonplan2030.com

Learn more at www.covingtonplan2030.com

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St. Tammany Parish Launches Public Involvement for New Directions 2040

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From St. Tammany Parish Government:

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper announced the first round of public involvement opportunities for New Directions 2040 — the update to the Parish’s Comprehensive Plan. These events will introduce the initiative, explain the role of the Comprehensive Plan in decision-making on land use and infrastructure, and show how residents, businesses, and other stakeholders can participate. St. Tammany citizens will learn about upcoming opportunities to express their vision, values and priorities for the Parish over the next 20 years.

“As I stated when we kicked off this initiative, my goal is to hear the desires and concerns of citizens and business owners and work to achieve a vision that will guide our growth and shape our community. These information sessions are the start of developing this vision,” said President Cooper. “This is where the opportunity begins for every citizen to have a stake in authorship of the plan and in our future. I invite everyone to have a seat at the table and offer input.”

The combination of in-person “pop-up” events and virtual informational sessions will take place at the following locations and times:

  • Thursday, November 12 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Kickoff and Info Session – Registration required
  • Friday, November 13 from 2-6 PM  // Coquille Parks and Recreation, 13505 LA-1085, Covington
  • Saturday, November 14 from 10AM – 1PM // Camp Salmen Nature Park, 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell
  • Sunday, November 15 from 10 AM-3 PM // Madisonville Maker’s Market, Madisonville Ball Park & Playground, Pine Street, Madisonville
  • Monday, November 16 from 10 AM-1PM // Folsom Farmers Market, Giddy Up, 82292 LA-25, Folsom
  • Thursday, November 19 from 6-7 PM // Virtual Info Session #2 – Registration required

Today the Parish also launches the project website, where a visioning survey, ideas board, interactive map, and more information is available: www.newdirections2040.com.

All pop-up events will occur outdoors. Project team staff will follow Louisiana Department of Health guidelines with respect to wearing protective facial coverings.  Social distancing measures will be followed.

The planned outcome of the Comprehensive Plan update process will achieve several objectives. It will provide a factual basis for land-use decision-making; educate and inform the public; resolve points of conflict; and reduce arbitrary decision-making through establishing plan perimeters. The entire process to finalize a draft of the plan for a public hearing, and final presentation of a draft for adoption to all Parish governing bodies, is expected to be complete in late 2021 to early 2022.

To subscribe to project updates, please register to receive the project newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/heQOrv

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Covington Historic District Presentation

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The City of Covington contracted Cox / McLain Environmental

Consulting (CMEC) of Austin, Texas, to complete a historic

resources survey for the City. The Division of St. John

Historic District was listed on the National Register of

Historic Places (NRHP) in 1982 and represents the historic

core of the City of Covington. Historians from CMEC

conducted fieldwork for the survey in the fall of 2017.

The 2017 survey updated the existing inventory of

historic-age resources within the Division of St. John NRHP

District.

This effort included documenting resources that had become

historic age since the NRHP nomination was completed and

noting buildings that no longer exist. CMEC evaluated the

integrity of each historic-age building and assigned

contributing or noncontributing status to each resource.

CMEC historians also conducted a windshield survey of

select resources outside of the Division of St. John,

including properties in the Division of Spring.

As a result of the survey, CMEC recommends that the NRHP

nomination for the Division of St. John be formally updated

with the National Park Service and that the City establish

a local historic district in Spring. Amending the NRHP

nomination and establishing a local historic district in

Spring could extend benefits, such as tax credits and grant

opportunities, to property owners within these districts.

In addition to assessing the properties as they relate to

historic districts, CMEC evaluated eligibility for

individual listing in the NRHP. Nine historic-age resources

are recommended eligible for individual listing in the

NRHP.

On April 10, 2018, the results of the survey will be

presented at a Public Meeting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will

be held in the City of Covington, Council Chambers located

at 222 Kirkland Street in Covington, LA.

For additional information, contact Nahketah Bagby, City

Planner by email: nbagby@covla.com or by phone: (985) 867-1214

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if

you need special assistance, please contact the ADA

Coordinator at (892-1811) Covington City Hall describing

the assistance that is necessary.

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West 30’s Task Force Public Meeting

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The West 30’s Task Force Community Meeting takes place this Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. At the Harrison Curriculum Center (Rosenwald Gym), located at 706 W. 28th Ave. in Covington. This is an opportunity for City leaders and the public to share information and ideas about housing, employment, education and community involvement with input from helpful organizations, community residents and interested individuals. All are welcome to attend.

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Mayor Cooper Announces Collins Expansion Meeting

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“I am happy to share the news that an Open House/ Public Meeting regarding the US Hwy 190/Collins Blvd Widening Project (including the Overpass and Claiborne Hill area) will be held in Covington on Thursday, April 6, 2017.  This is an opportunity for interested citizens to see a prerecorded presentation describing project location, design features, impacts, schedule, and right-of-way requirements. Also, project team representatives from RPC, DOTD, St Tammany Parish, and the engineering consultant (GEC) will be present to answer questions. The Open House/Meeting will be held at the St Tammany Parish Department of Public Works facility at 620 N. Tyler St. in Covington from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  I hope to see you there as we get the latest update on this long-awaited project.  Thank you.”  – Mayor Mike Cooper

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will host a public viewing of the plans to expand Collins Blvd. (Hwy.190 north of the Bogue Falaya River).
• St. Tammany Parish Public Works facility, 620 N. Tyler St. (old Champagne Beverage location)
• Thursday, April 6th
• Open for viewing between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (plans and DOTD representatives on hand)

View the full DOTD document

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City of Covington Announces Public Meeting

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City of Covington Public Meeting/Workshop Scheduled Regarding Proposed Ordinance Establishing Water and Sewerage Capacity Charges

City of Covington Logo 2015The City of Covington has scheduled a Public Meeting / Workshop for Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 5:30 P.M., in the City Council Chambers, located at 222 E. Kirkland Street.  The purpose of the meeting is to review, discuss, and obtain public input on the major components of the proposed ordinance on Capacity Charges which was introduced by the Covington City Council at its regular meeting on June 21st.
The City will provide an overview of the proposed ordinance on Capacity Charges and the adoption process at the August 10th Public Meeting.  The intent of the ordinance is to ensure that new development bears a proportionate share of the cost of improvements to the city water and wastewater systems and to guarantee that funds collected from new developments are actually used to construct improvements to the city water and wastewater systems that reasonably relate to the benefits accruing to such new developments.  No vote will be taken at the August 10th workshop.  The Council is expected to take action at its August 16th regular meeting.
In 2014, the City retained TischlerBise, a fiscal, economic, and planning consulting firm, to develop capacity charges for water and wastewater infrastructure.  The study provided written analysis to:
1)    Ensure adequate public facilities are available to serve new growth and development
2)    Promote cost-effective growth and establish uniform standards by which Covington may require payment for a proportionate share of the cost of system improvements needed to serve development and new construction
“Once again I’d like to encourage our citizens to attend and actively participate in our Public Meetings and Workshops.  City administration efforts supported by key public input contributes significantly to assuring that our pressing community needs are met,” Mayor Mike Cooper.

Contact Nahketah Bagby, City Planner
E mail:  nbagby@covla.com   
Phone:  985.867.1214     
Web:  covla.com

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Public Meeting Regarding Sewerage & Water

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The City of Covington has scheduled a Public Meeting / Workshop for Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 5:30 P.M., in the City Council Chambers, located at 222 E. Kirkland Street on the proposed ordinance regarding Water and Sewerage Capacity Charges.  Read the draft of the study here.  View the Capacity Charge Ordinance here.

Visit covla.com for more information.

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City of Covington Announces Bogue Falaya Park Public Meeting July 13

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The City of Covington is hosting a public meeting to discuss future plans regarding Bogue Falaya Park. This park is used by everyone in the Covington community for events, gatherings and recreation. “Our goal is to protect the beauty of this cherished facility and maximize its use so that residents and visitors can enjoy the park as a cultural and recreational destination for generations to come.” – Mayor Mike Cooper of the City of Covington.

The meeting will be held on July 13, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Covington City Council Chambers, located at 222 E. Kirkland St.  This meeting is informal and an open forum.  Those who attend are encouraged to examine preliminary conceptual designs, speak one-on-one with the engineers and landscape architects working on the project as well as city officials.
The City wants to ensure that the public has a voice in this plan as they are a huge component to the character and ideals of our community.  For additional information, contact Kelli Moore or visit covla.com.  Email:  kmoore@covla.com PH:  (985) 898-4717

FINAL PUBLIC MEETING BOGUE FALAYA PARK

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Covington Business Association General Meeting Next Week at Mac’s on Boston

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Covington Business Association CBA logoThe montly meeting of the CBA will take place next Wednesday August 5th at Mac’s on Boston Street. Meet and greet begins at 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m. The CBA is a non-profit support organization for local business. Learn more at www.covingtonbusinessassociation.org.

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Meeting for Parish Library’s Millage Request July 9th

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booksIn October of 2007, St. Tammany voters renewed the St. Tammany Parish Library’s millage rate of 6.33 mils. The term of this millage began in 2010 and will end in 2024. Since 2010, the library has received only a portion of the amount given by the vote. The library’s millage was rolled back so as not to unduly benefit from the rise in assessments (the full voter approved amount was never received). The library currently receives 5.35 mils with a possible maximum millage of 6.29 mils. This is an operational millage; the library has no capital funds.

Rolling the millage forward to 6.29 mils would cost the average St. Tammany homeowner with homestead exemption an additional $8.93 per year. This is the last year that the library can request a roll up of its millage before the current rate of 5.35 mils becomes the new maximum amount that the library could collect. The .94 mils the library would gain by rolling up would be solely dedicated to capital projects and be used to restore, preserve and update the library’s branches.

A Public Hearing will be held at the Parish Council Chambers on Koop Drive on July 9th 2015 at 6 pm to fully discuss the Library’s request. Learn more at www.sttammany.lib.la.us

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Preserve St. Tammany Hosts Town Hall Meeting in Abita

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Preserve St TammanyThe Preserve St. Tammany Initiative, (sponsored by Tammany Together, a 501c3 nonprofit), is an organized, citizen-led grassroots coalition of individuals and groups working together to raise community awareness and develop advocacy strategies and programs that bring to bear the full power and impact of the voice of the people on the political and legislative process, in order to preserve St. Tammany for present and future generations.

Join Preserve St. Tammany this Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Abita Springs Town Hall from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For a community wide, open public meeting to discuss preservation of our aquifer.

www.preservesttammany.org

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CBA Monthly Meeting Next Wednesday at Heritage Bank – June 3

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Covington Business Association CBA logoHeritage Bank is hosting the monthly Covington Business Association meeting for June, 2015. All Covington businesses are welcome and encouraged to join the CBA, an organization founded with the mission to support local commerce. The CBA is active in community events and promotion of the downtown area and Covington businesses in general.

The meeting will be held next Wednesday, June 3rd. Refreshments/meet and greet at 5:30, then the meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. Heritage Bank is located at 205 N. Columbia Street.

Learn more at www.covingtonbusinessassociation.org

 

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Public Meeting to Discuss Ideas for Revitalizing the Old Fire Station in Downtown Covington

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The City of Covington will host a public meeting to gather ideas and input relative to the proposed rehabilitation and reuse of the old Covington Fire Station. The meeting is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 at the City Council Chambers, 222 E. Kirkland Street.

Located in the downtown historic district, the two-story fire station once housed the vehicles, equipment and employees of the Covington Fire Department before the organization moved to its present location on N. Jefferson Avenue in 1972. Since then, the City has used the building sporadically for storage and office space. It is located at 432 N. Theard Street adjacent to the city’s water tower and pumping station, both of which are no longer in use.

The public meeting is being held in connection with a feasibility study currently underway to assess the physical condition of the building and to make recommendations for its best use to benefit the community. WDG Architects Engineers of New Orleans is working with City Engineer Daniel Hill, P.E. to complete the study by June 30th.

To gather as much historical information as possible, local residents who remember the fire station from their childhoods are encouraged to attend the public meeting and bring along their old photographs, newspaper clippings and memories to share with the audience.

The building has structural problems ranging from weathering and termite damage to an unsupported 2nd floor balcony. Ideas under consideration include converting the building into a small community center, cultural heritage museum, or for other civic purposes.

oldfirestationA New Landmark

“By completing the feasibility study and gathering ideas and input from citizens, we hope to launch a project that will transform the old building into an historic landmark or otherwise viable facility that will be cherished by local residents and serve as an economic engine for the city,”  Covington Mayor Mike Cooper.

www.covla.com

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“Covington – Your Place for Business” Resource Workshop Next Thursday

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Business Workshop 2-26-15The City of Covington and the Covington City Council Economic Development Committee will host the fifth installment of the award-winning Covington Business Resource Workshop series entitled Covington — Your Place for Business on Thursday, February 26th, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (8:00 a.m. on-site registration), in the Bogue Falaya Hall of the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce people who are interested in opening their business in Covington and further assist current businesses in the City to provide the tools and resources to prosper. Guest speakers at the workshop include: Parish President Pat Brister; Covington Mayor Mike Cooper; Covington City Councilman Larry Rolling, District D; City of Covington Director of Administration, Gina Hayes; St. Tammany Economic Development, Brenda Bertus; North Shore Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), David Holloway; U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Melissa Daigrepont; Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University; SCORE, Sandy Hughes; and Covington Business Association (CBA), Brad Schroeder.

This event is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity for local business owners to network and keep up to date with the business climate. Pre-registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Visit www.lsbdc.org for more information and online registration. Refreshments provided by the Covington Business Association. www.covla.com