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HELP PLAN THE FUTURE OF BUCKTOWN HARBOR AND THE LAKEFRONT !  REVIEW INITIAL PLANNING CONCEPTS AND TAKE THE SURVEY ! 

SURVEY ENDS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH !

Project Overview

Bucktown has long been a focus of activity along Lake Pontchartrain.  From fishing camps and speakeasies to its current incarnation as a center for boating, fishing and open space activity, Bucktown Harbor is an authentic, valued community asset.  What's next for Bucktown's Harborfront? That's the question Jefferson Parish, design consultants, and the community-at-large are seeking to answer for this nearly 30 acre lakefront site.  The goal of this effort is to assemble a plan for Bucktown Harbor that provides a compelling, community driven vision for the future.  The Vision Plan will set the stage for follow-on funding source identification, detailed master planning and ultimate implementation of renewal efforts.  

January Community Priorities Survey:  The Results are In! 

Public Work Session One, and its companion survey, brought forth tremendous public feedback: More than 100 community members attended the open house, with an additional 700 individuals completing the online survey! This information produced an amazing amount of data and guidance for use in crafting design alternatives for the Bucktown Harbor site.  All survey results are available via download at the links at the end of this website.  We have also separated the data by respondents that indicated “Bucktown” as the community in which they reside.

Jefferson Parish Poll:
Did you participate in our previous Community Priorities Survey and/or Community Open House One? (select one)
Yes
No
Not sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
Did you find our previous Community Priorities Survey and Website a great tool to help get you information about the project and have your voice be heard? (select one)
Yes
No
Did not participate in the previous community priorities survey and/or visit the website? (select one)
Not sure
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Preliminary Concepts for Bucktown Harbor

In the following section, we present two initial planning concepts.  Concepts represent initial thoughts and ideas for Bucktown Harbor based on the Community Priorities Survey results and feedback from Public Open House One.  Planning concepts were developed using the core tenets and framework established for the project area.  They also take into account the planning team’s general sense of financial feasibility, ease of implementation, permissibility by regulatory agencies and community acceptance of project elements. 

Please keep in mind that the planning concepts are preliminary and will evolve as the vision planning process advances over the coming weeks.

After you have reviewed the planning concepts, please complete the following survey questions to let us know how well you feel the options follow the established core tenets and project framework.

Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT ONE advance the first project core tenet, "Promote a diversity of welcoming harbor uses anchored by park and open space elements, commercial fishing and recreational boating"?
5 (Very Well)
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1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT ONE advance the second project core tenet, "Promote accessibility by making it easy and safe to arrive, park, walk, bike, play and connect with the lakefront while limiting impact to Bucktown neighborhood streets"?
5 (Very Well)
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1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT ONE make Bucktown Harbor more likely to "Becoming the point of choice for recreational lake activities"?
5 (Very Well)
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1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, do you feel CONCEPT ONE will "Increase the economic and social vitality of small businesses surrounding Bucktown Harbor"?
5 (Very Well)
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1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT ONE "Greatly expand natural landscape areas and habitat zones, allowing the site to emerge as a model of environmental stewardship and coastal restoration"?
5 (Very Well)
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1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
Lastly, on a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT ONE create opportunities to "Celebrate Bucktown's community heritage"?
5 (Very Well)
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1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
In brief, what ONE way could CONCEPT ONE be improved upon?
Stop lights, stop signs and safe sidewalks.
ReplyFlag7 Agree14 days ago
To make it safe for neighborhood residents to use the enhanced activities, you need to slow the traffic on Metairie Hammond Hwy with a light or stop sign at Seminole. Need to add sidewalks on both sides of Metairie Hammond Hwy and add streetlights. Way to dangerous to walk to the Harbor area with current setup, especially at night.
ReplyFlag7 Agree14 days ago
We need to slow traffic on Metairie Hammond Hwy with a light or stop sign at Seminole, plus sidewalks on both sides of street and add lights on Metairie Hammond Has byway


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ReplyFlag7 Agree14 days ago
MantheyWithout wave protection, the "brand" and "reputation" of boat harbor will suffer.
ReplyFlag7 Agree14 days ago
Anne Marie St. ClairWe need a pedestrian crossing with a traffic light (similar to the setup at Orpheum and Old Hammond Highway) at the new sidewalk crossover.
ReplyFlag7 Agree16 days ago
Need to work with the LA wildlife and fisheries to add artificial reef near the area. It would be nice to have a single sand volleyball court near the shelter
ReplyFlag6 Agree11 days ago
Lighting along waters edge.
ReplyFlag5 Agree13 days ago
Please, no lighting in the more natural areas such as the western side including the waters edge and at boardwalk\ artificial lighting is disruptive to wildlife and takes away from the human experience both visually and due to lighting structures. Artificial lighting at the edge would also hinder dusk, dawn, sunrise, sunset, moon rise and moon set experiences in one of the few metro locations that allows pedestrians to most fully witness them
ReplyFlag1 Agree9 days ago
Promote buying from fishermen, straight of their boat. Maybe even set up a market or something for them
ReplyFlag5 Agree16 days ago
Need permanent bathrooms
ReplyFlag4 Agree10 days ago
No restaurants please, keep it quiet. Exercising only and fishing activity including a fishing market
ReplyFlag4 Agree11 days ago
Do not expand slips.
ReplyFlag4 Agree14 days ago
Minimize the use of concrete & asphalt by using pervious materials.
ReplyFlag3 Agree10 days ago
Accessibility is my greatest concern for this space. Every aspect must be accessible to people of different needs. Recreational spaces should be compliant as well all the way down to this splash pad. Please consider appointing an advocate for people with disabilities during this planning phase. As construction moves forward these will be the first cuts made. Please do not ignore the diverse needs of our community.
ReplyFlag3 Agree11 days ago
Indeed, this is essential especially is such joyful, and refreshing warm season experiences such as a splash pad, fishing pier or board walk. Also the terraces can be designed to provide access to the various levels. Requiring ADA compliant design from the get-go will allow it to be most cost effectively implemented.
ReplyFlagAgree9 days ago
The restored living shoreline (protection & habitat enhancement) be extended nearly completely around all of exposed outer side of the peninsular and include some intertidal sand or mud beach zones.
ReplyFlag2 Agree9 days ago
Kayak launch area
ReplyFlag2 Agree11 days ago
Add a waterfront restaurant
ReplyFlag2 Agree13 days ago
Please, no to such commercial developments. A weakness in the survey is that there exists no Disagree circle click spot to counter the Agree circle click spot.
ReplyFlag3 Agree9 days ago
Stilted restaurants and bars to enjoy the view!
ReplyFlag2 Agree14 days ago
No to such commercial developments. Where is the disagree circle choice.
ReplyFlag2 Agree9 days ago
fishing pier needs to be a "T" configuration so more people can have use on a crowded days.
ReplyFlag1 Agree10 days ago
Add a boat launch for recreational boaters
ReplyFlag1 Agree12 days ago
Bench swings, sand beach
ReplyFlag1 Agree15 days ago
Fewer boat slips. Boating will take over the tranquil park and waterfront area. Also, no kayak or boat rentals. Let boaters use the Bonnabel boat launch area. Preserve this area for non-boaters who want to enjoy the Lake.
ReplyFlagAgree2 hours ago
Boat launch.
ReplyFlagAgree2 hours ago
restroom facilities look inadequate, space for Coast Guard equipment/vehicles/boats seems poorly laid out
ReplyFlagAgree4 hours ago
Just a bad design period. Too much wasted space. How about an elevated cafe, facing the lake where people could gather to watch the sunset and enjoy coffee, where is there a pier to sit and fish from
ReplyFlagAgree5 hours ago
None
ReplyFlagAgree6 hours ago
Include a market or food booth area.
ReplyFlagAgree7 hours ago
A fountain or large pond (assuming the splash pad is more of a play area) with chairs around it. Also a nice garden would be a lovely touch.
ReplyFlagAgree2 days ago
Need pedestrian entrance to levy (maybe on Seminole) and fix or establish sidewalks in the Bucktown area since there will be increased traffic. We have to walk on street because there is no sidewalk in certain areas. Traffic study needs to be done!
ReplyFlagAgree6 days ago
Larger Farmers Market area
ReplyFlagAgree8 days ago
Need more slips!
ReplyFlagAgree11 days ago
Would love a fresh seafood market type area like Pass Christian has.
ReplyFlagAgree11 days ago
Markets/Restaurants
ReplyFlagAgree11 days ago
Looks great!
ReplyFlagAgree12 days ago
Sand beach and a better dog park. The existing dog park is terrible.
ReplyFlagAgree12 days ago
Add dining options
ReplyFlagAgree12 days ago
Keep the public updated during the build process and please don't take a 'Build it and they will come' approach. Upon completion, actively promote the new facilities to Jefferson Parish citizens in ways they're most likely to see such as an insert into our Water Bills and produce promotional TV spots about the project on the COX Jeff Parish public access channel. Thank you. -GS
ReplyFlagAgree13 days ago
Extend the length of docking for commercial fishing, completely to Coast guard boundary on the east, allowing 2 hour temporary tie ups for visitors to walk to local Restaurants. on the west side corner extend this to the North to allow dinghy tie ups for the 3 mooring balls on the east of the piers.
ReplyFlagAgree14 days ago
Looks great. Nice design
ReplyFlagAgree15 days ago

Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT TWO advance the first project core tenet, "Promote a diversity of welcoming harbor uses anchored by park and open space elements, commercial fishing and recreational boating"?
5 (Very Well)
4
3
2
1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT TWO advance the second project core tenet, "Promote accessibility by making it easy and safe to arrive, park, walk, bike, play and connect with the lakefront while limiting impact to Bucktown neighborhood streets"?
5 (Very Well)
4
3
2
1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT TWO make more likely Bucktown Harbor "Becoming the point of choice for recreational lake activities"?
5 (Very Well)
4
3
2
1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how well do you feel CONCEPT TWO will "Increase the economic and social vitality of small businesses surrounding Bucktown Harbor"?
5 (Very Well)
4
3
2
1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
Click to view results
Jefferson Parish Poll:
On a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT TWO "Greatly expand natural landscape areas and habitat zones, allowing the site to emerge as a model of environmental stewardship and coastal restoration"?
5 (Very Well)
4
3
2
1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
Lastly, on a scale of 1 to 5, how well does CONCEPT TWO create opportunities to "Celebrate Bucktown's community heritage"?
5 (Very Well)
4
3
2
1 (Not Very Well)
Not Sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
In brief, what ONE way could CONCEPT TWO be improved upon?
build a bridge connecting to Orleans Parish West End Park area
ReplyFlag9 Agree13 days ago
first, basically there is no more commercial fishing . Because of the locks that were put in after KATRINA, fishing became extinct. Boats are only parked at the marina. A few crabbers still do little crabbing. The traps that you see there are parked there because code enforcement won't allow them to be parked at their homes. . The few commercial fishermen fish elsewhere for seafood.
ReplyFlag8 Agree16 days ago
So from what has been shared here and previously the mooring of Bucktown community fishing boats serves as a convenient place and also recreates the feel of the fishing heritage by being parked at the marina. The parking they had for decades was eliminated when Orleans Parish prevailed after many years in deepening the 17th St Canal and requiring the boats and piers be removed so as according to Orleans Parish facilitate efficient drainage. The harbor provides a substitute for their, ie the fishing fleets' loss of mooring along the canal. It is unfortunate that the once viable fishing is mostly "extinct". How might the fishing be improved in Lake Pontchartrain to the point of viability?
ReplyFlag1 Agree9 days ago
Permanent bathrooms
ReplyFlag7 Agree13 days ago
Do not expand slips.
ReplyFlag6 Agree14 days ago
MantheyNeed to push for wave protection first, so JPRD does not drive away existing tenants.
ReplyFlag6 Agree14 days ago
Need permanent bathrooms
ReplyFlag5 Agree10 days ago
I like the fishing pier.
ReplyFlag3 Agree12 days ago
I think the layout of concept 1 is better
ReplyFlag3 Agree14 days ago
You need to have a secure area with slips for recreational boats. If that area is open as shown, the boats moored will be constantly robbed of anything of value.
ReplyFlag2 Agree11 days ago
Add a boat launch
ReplyFlag2 Agree12 days ago
More park area and benches. No recreational boating
ReplyFlag1 Agree2 days ago
Very few slips. Neither one or two indicate if the docks are floating. That would be an advantage...
ReplyFlag1 Agree11 days ago
Floating docks are the only reasonable way to go ~
ReplyFlagAgree3 hours ago
NO more traffic lights!!!!!!!!
ReplyFlag1 Agree15 days ago
I like the second entrance - it's better for bikes and pedestrians
ReplyFlag1 Agree15 days ago
I strongly support more commercialization of this space. At the same time, keeping some of the Bucktown feel. Let’s meet in the middle!
ReplyFlag1 Agree16 days ago
Disagree.
ReplyFlag2 Agree9 days ago
Add a public boat launch.
ReplyFlagAgree2 hours ago
Use the same bike/walking trails as in concept one. Especially in the north east part.
ReplyFlagAgree2 days ago
Jefferson Parish Poll:
Which initial planning concept do you prefer? (select one).
Concept One
Concept Two
Both have strengths and weaknesses
Neither concept
Not sure
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
You have your magic planning wand back. What big idea(s) would you like to see incorporated into the next iteration of planning concept development?
While a splash pad or water feature is a neat idea, they require continual upkeep and are a possible liability. I'd go with a sculpture or statue.
ReplyFlag8 Agree12 days ago
Disagree
ReplyFlagAgree2 days ago
Anne Marie St. ClairI like a separate entrance for the Coast Guard station, as in Concept One, but I think Concept One is overdeveloped. We need a traffic impact study for the project. We also need to check with Homeland Security about so much development adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. As commented earlier, we need a pedestrian crossing with a traffic light (similar to the setup at Orpheum and Old Hammond Highway) at the new sidewalk crossover.
ReplyFlag7 Agree16 days ago
No bar or restaurants.Keep it a family outdoor area
ReplyFlag6 Agree12 days ago
Maybe food trucks if the restaurant idea is nixed.
ReplyFlag6 Agree14 days ago
MantheySpecific wave protection - in order JPRD or CORPS can act sooner... ASAP.
ReplyFlag6 Agree14 days ago
All JP residents can come together to make this a beautiful green space with recreational activities for everyone to enjoy. There’s enough roome for all of us to work together like adults. No need to make nasty comments, which aren't constructive or help in any way.
ReplyFlag5 Agree11 days ago
Leave well enough alone. Once development starts, the neighborhood is gone
ReplyFlag5 Agree16 days ago
I would like you to leave it as it is just the wave protection would be good open out the mouth with the boats come in put a few branches by the sanctuary and leave our neighborhood alone we don’t want no more traffic
ReplyFlag2 Agree2 days ago
It really doesn't matter what people think, you(parish officials) will do whatever they want. But remember one thing, it won't be considered BUCKTOWN ANYMORE. It will be called Bucktown, but it will not be the same
ReplyFlag2 Agree8 days ago
I would like to see add infrastructure for events, such as a small amphitheater or stage area. I think the open air pavillion/market should be expanded and made much larger for this role as well as for seasonal farmer markets and selling of local seafood. Areas like this are very popular in City Park under the pantheon and in Crescent Park under the old warehouses for groups to do yoga and group excercise classes away from the heat of direct sunlight and weather elements. I think a much larger portion of the land area should be devoted to a large outdoor pavilion, and in doing so more people and groups would be more likely to use the area.
ReplyFlag2 Agree11 days ago
You must not live in the neighborhood or you wouldn’t want all of that
ReplyFlag2 Agree2 days ago
None looks great
ReplyFlag1 Agree6 hours ago
More landscaping and less recreational boating
ReplyFlag1 Agree2 days ago
I like #2 if you can have the parking of #1, with the open air building in the center its more appealing for gatherings than over on the side, parents can sit in the shade while their kids play at the splash park.
ReplyFlag1 Agree10 days ago
Minimize permanent business but include rotating fairs, festivals,and community events that include local businesses
ReplyFlag1 Agree13 days ago
Is there a disability advocate on the planning committee? If not, I highly recommend one be appointed to make sure all areas are truly accessible.
ReplyFlag1 Agree14 days ago
Yes, absolutely essential.
ReplyFlagAgree9 days ago
I’d use my Magic wand to make those few members of the bucktown civic association strongly opposed to ANY change magically move to another area so that the majority who are in favor can enjoy bucktown marina without their negative influence
ReplyFlag1 Agree15 days ago
Concept 2, one street as an entrance and the other as an exit.
ReplyFlagAgree2 hours ago
Add a public boat launch.
ReplyFlagAgree2 hours ago
Bathrooms, floating decks, better description of habitat zones & coastal restoration.
ReplyFlagAgree3 hours ago
This is how I would combine it: From concept one, keep the trails, kayak space, and dock master where they are. From concept two, keep the open air area and splash pad where they are and keep the additional piers (if that's what they are). An additional pond or fountain would also be nice (for small kids to fish in or sail toy boats). Have chairs all around. My family would love to use this area and hope it comes to fruition.
ReplyFlagAgree2 days ago
Ops for Food trucks. Music. Arts and crafts. Yoga. Volleyball.

Keep splash pad for kids but needs to be set away from main spaces. Make sure we have restrooms please! Excited to see how this turns out!
ReplyFlagAgree4 days ago
Permanent Bathrooms and potentially changing area if a splash pad is included
ReplyFlagAgree8 days ago
Is it possible that the infrastructure in place crossing the 17th street canal for the original post Katrina canal gates be re-purposed as the pedestrian, cyclist bridge connecting the Jefferson side with Orleans side? Since the presenters believe the living storm barrier is superior to rip rap, etc. as a protective barrier consider having it eventually follow the entire outer exposed rim of the Bucktown Harbor peninsular, except where it would interfere with such as the kayak, canoe, paddle board launch site. Along with the living edge barrier consider mud or sand shallows intertidal that would enhance the habitat for shore birds. If a permanent splash pad is installed, design it in such a way that in the cold season when the water may be shut off the space could serve as a gathering place for other activities without harm to or interference from the plumbing fixtures. Is there a landscape way to achieve a base level of 18 feet above sea level for the floor of permanent bathrooms that would not only provide for the required structural elevation but also provide special wide viewing platform? What is the elevation of the levee?
ReplyFlagAgree9 days ago
A secure area with slips on one side, and a public area with with restaurants on the other. You also need to have a launch area with parking for trailers.
ReplyFlagAgree11 days ago
Please include waterfront restaurants & pedestrian/bike connection to Orleans Parish West End area
ReplyFlagAgree13 days ago
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What is your age? (select one)
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How many people reside in your household? (select one)
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Jefferson Parish Poll:
What community do you reside in? (select one)
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The Planning Initiative

The Bucktown Harbor Vision Plan is an initiative sponsored by Jefferson Parish.  The consulting team consists of Moffatt and Nichol and Barowka and Bonura Engineers and Consultants (BBEC).  A nineteen member project steering committee made up of citizens, business owners and elected officials from Bucktown and the region meets monthly to help guide this process.    We thank them for their efforts and continued support of the Bucktown Harbor vision planning effort.

  • Lauren Averill 
  • Joel Borrello
  • Barbara Chifici
  • Louis “Woody” Crews
  • Risty Gaude
  • Kelly Turan (for Peter Gerica)
  • Mike Hollis
  • Allyson Hymel
  • Dan Favre
  • Daniel Redmann
  • Mark Schexnayder
  • Melinda Schwegmann
  • Jeffery Simno
  • Elizabeth Spansel
  • Dr. Bob Thomas
  • Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken
  • Leo Web
  • Steve Wobbema
  • Maggie Woodruff

PRESENTATION MATERIALS AND DETAILED ROUND ONE SURVEY RESULTS 

Want to spend time looking at the materials provided for the Bucktown Harbor Open House?  Both the posters and presentation are offered below for Open House One and Two (PDF formats).   Also provided are the results from our first survey effort.