Standard City Planning Enabling Act (CPEA)

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While this legislation was passed by the U.S. government in 1928, it was not adopted by the State of Louisiana until 1946. 

The CPEA granted planning power to municipalities: “any municipality is hereby authorized and empowered to make, adopt, amend, extend, add to, or carry out a municipal plan as
provided in this act…” The CPEA describes the duty of municipal planning commissions “to make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the municipality…” Similar to the SZEA, the CPEA does not clearly define master plan: “by this expression is meant a comprehensive scheme of development of the general fundamentals of a municipal plan. An express definition has not been thought desirable or necessary.” -- Land, Lauren. Brief History of Planning and Zoning in Louisiana. A presentation at the Lafourche Parish Coastal Hazards Workshop, January 2013.

January, 1946
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