Activity and Permit Consistency with Louisiana's
Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast
WHEREAS, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita exposed vulnerabilities in Louisiana's coastal and hurricane protection systems that resulted in loss of life, damage to property, destruction of coastal land and wetlands loss and major impacts to our state's economy;
WHEREAS, Louisiana continues to experience one of the fastest rates of coastal erosion in the world and portions of our state remain unprotected from future hurricane impacts;
WHEREAS, our state's coast is a "working coast" that provides employment opportunities for Louisianans and citizens from across the United States;
WHEREAS, coastal Louisiana is a national treasure that provides energy to power the nation’s economy, puts seafood on America’s dinner tables, is home to the country's top ports, serves as critical habitat to numerous endangered and threatened species and is one of the most productive ecosystems in the world;
WHEREAS, Louisiana’s coastal master plan, entitled "Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection: Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast", (hereinafter "Master Plan"), is the state’s conceptual plan for the integration of coastal protection and restoration based upon the best available science and engineering;
WHEREAS, the Master Plan was approved by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority at its April 12, 2007 meeting and thereafter unanimously approved by the Louisiana Legislature by passing Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 11 during the 2007 Regular Session;
WHEREAS, the Master Plan states a goal of integration of flood control projects and coastal restoration initiatives to help both human and natural communities survive and thrive over the long-term;
WHEREAS, the Master Plan recommends, among other things, improvements to land use planning, zoning and permitting to more effectively achieve its stated goals;
WHEREAS, beginning this year, billions of dollars in efforts to repair and improve Louisiana’s hurricane and coastal protection systems will be carried out;
WHEREAS, state agencies must function in a manner that recognizes the vital importance of expediting hurricane and coastal protection and ensuring sustainable practices in our coastal zone;
WHEREAS, it is critical for all state agencies to work in a cooperative manner with acute awareness of the recommendations of the Master Plan in order to ensure the aggressive and orderly implementation of its stated goals.
WHEREAS, Louisiana Revised Statute 49:213 directs the Governor, through his executive assistant for coastal activities, to "coordinate and focus the functions of all state agencies as they relate to coastal protection, including hurricane protection and wetlands conservation and restoration"; and
WHEREAS, Louisiana Revised Statute 49:213 authorizes the Governor, through his executive assistant for coastal activities, to “review and modify proposed coastal use permits prior to issuance to the extent that such permits would authorize activities which significantly affect hurricane protection or wetlands conservation and restoration projects or which significantly diminish the benefits of projects intended to protect, conserve or enhance coastal areas and to require the issuance of permits for public or private wetlands enhancement projects or plans.”;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Bobby Jindal, Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: All state agencies shall administer their regulatory practices, programs, contracts, grants, and all other functions vested in them in a manner consistent with the Master Plan and public interest to the maximum extent possible.
SECTION 2: This Order is effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF , I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 23rd day of January, 2008.
Secretary of State