LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana's Coastal Zone Boundaries have changed to include more land. The state's new coastal zone boundaries became effective on June 7th after Governor Bobby Jindal signed Act 588 into law.
It's the first time they've been changed since the early 80s and now include an additional 1,887 square miles. Eight parishes saw increases, including Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. In Calcasieu it was about a 10 percent increase to the southern part of the parish.
The new guidelines were determined by studies and information providing storm surge, geology and elevation just to name a few of the factors. While it aims to reduce erosion and protect wetlands the new boundaries also look to stay in line with the state's Master Coastal Plan.
The biggest change for some areas will be the permitting process for certain projects. David Fruge with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and Coastal Management explains.
"For some types of building construction it will require building construction other things are exempt. Things like oil and gas projects, canals, board roads, pipelines and stuff. Those things will require permits. Industrial activities and industrial construction types of things will all require permits," said Fruge.
Officials understand this is a transition period for the public and encourage them to contact them for more information. To learn more about the coastal zone boundaries and what it means to you click here.