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This week, the city held public hearings about overhauling the citywide zoning code.

Most people don't pay attention to zoning issues, but it has a direct impact on potentially every property in the city — from bars and retail to major manufacturing.

Reporter Karen Gadbois covers land use for The Lens. She talks with WWNO's Eve Troeh about the many ways that zoning decisions and other city initiatives like blight reduction can impact neighborhoods and homeowners, and how those important decisions are made.

A bill to shorten the time frame from three years to 18 months for owners of adjudicated properties to pay unpaid taxes has advanced in the house.


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Vice President of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority Mark Goodson is part of panel discussion at the Smart Growth summit downtown Tuesday that will delve into the issue of redeveloping neglected and abandoned properties.

The Redevelopment Authority says in 2009, East Baton Rouge Parish had some 6,500 adjudicated parcels of land. That’s somewhere between 2 and 3 percent of all the parcels in the parish. The Authority is currently conducting a study in tandem with the Center for Community Progress to bring that information up-to-date. The numbers, however, are projected to be similar.   

Goodson says Baton Rouge should take a more robust approach to code enforcement to reduce blight like Atlanta, Portland, and even New Orleans already have.