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Temporary Housing Study Released at GO Group Meeting

April 24, 2015

On April 14, the Southwest Louisiana Task Force for Growth and Opportunity (GO Group) held a public meeting to update the community on GO Group efforts, to allow local industry to provide updates with regard to their respective projects, to release a report on temporary housing and to review IMCAL’s Long Range Transportation Plan.

GO Group Housing Committee Chairman David Conner presented findings of the Temporary Housing component of the five-parish Regional Housing Study, Strategic Plan and Implementation Strategy conducted by the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.

"We have completed the temporary housing component and have chosen to release it at the GO Group public meeting because of the time sensitivity of the issue," said Conner, VP of Economic Development with the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. 

“With the magnitude of the construction workforce required to make this economic boom a reality, temporary housing is one of the critical issues that this community must address. The decisions are upon us now and the decisions we make will affect us for many years to come,” he said.

Highlights of the study include:

  • Unmet demand for housing for temporary construction workers will likely be above 10,000 units - peaking in 2017/2018.
  • Well-managed temporary worker villages is the recommended option for the bulk of these workers.

After the housing presentation, IMCAL representatives presented the findings of the Long Range Transportation Plan for the Calcasieu parish area, with a special focus on the Lake Charles urbanized area.

The Plan:

  • Encompasses the entire Calcasieu parish area unlike previous plans for just the metropolitan area;
  • Identifies projects to improve within the next five years and projects for the next 10 to 20 years to plan and search for funding;
  • Identifies deficiencies in roadways, needed areas for transit, and outlines projected needs for future announcements.

The meeting also provided representatives from Sasol and Cameron LNG the opportunity to update community members on the progress of their announced expansion projects. 

The GO Group focuses on developing strategies to ensure the successful implementation of planned economic development projects for Southwest Louisiana. Local community leaders, stakeholders, and elected officials formed the group to identify the various socioeconomic issues involved with such projects. For more information on the GO Group, visit www.gogroupswla.com

Link to Housing Study:

http://allianceswla.org/Images/Interior/swla%20regional%20housing%20strategic%20plan_draft-th.pdf

Link to Transportation Plan:

http://www.gogroupswla.com/#!ris-long-range-transportation-study/c1f1z