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BRUCE J. RICHARDS, AICP
Assistant Vice-President / Director of Planning

 

Bruce Richards joined the firm in 1999, and has over 30 years of wide-ranging planning experience in three different states, including 19 with N-Y. His experience includes land use and master planning, urban and regional planning, neighborhood planning, transportation planning, and the preparation of environmental (NEPA) documents. Mr. Richard’s is responsible for managing all of the firm’s planning and environmental projects.

While with N-Y Associates, Mr. Richards managed the planning of the Desire Master Plan for the Housing Authority of New Orleans, which transformed a former public housing project into a new neighborhood designed under the tenets of Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) and New Urbanism. Over the last ten years he has also led two award-winning land use projects: the Bucktown Neighborhood Plan in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, and the West End Redevelopment Plan which straddles the boundary between the City of New Orleans and unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He has also managed the preparation of over a dozen transportation-related environmental documents for the LADOTD and the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany Parishes, serving the New Orleans Metropolitan Region. Mr Richards also has extensive experience in public involvement and outreach since this is a component of nearly all the projects he has led. He is also proficient in working with multi-disciplined teams consisting of engineers, architects, planners and economists.

 

Education:

  • Master of City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989
  • B.A., Political Science, Louisiana State University, 1986

 

Registration / Certifications

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • American Planning Association

 

Representative Experience with N-Y

  • NEPA documents for an Environmental Impact Statement (ongoing) for the Port of South Louisiana and St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, Enhanced Commercial Interstate Access, a proposed connector road between U.S. 61 and I-10 for the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany Parishes.
  • New Orleans Medical District Strategic Integration Plan, a Master Plan which included a review of existing conditions, a Vision and Recommendations section, conceptual designs and similar examples to be implemented to address the unity and attractiveness of the District, and a Conclusions and Implementations section, which provided specific steps to be taken such as capital improvements, zoning and land use controls to further the development of the District in a cohesive manner.
  • Infrastructure Management – New Veterans Administration Medical Center and new University Medical Center both in New Orleans, which are to be located adjacent to each other. Managed coordination efforts with all public and private utility companies to prepare comprehensive maps of existing streets and utility systems and worked with the VA and the University Medical Center, their design teams and the utility owners to identify infrastructure to be abandoned, relocated or adjusted. Managed coordination efforts with all public and private utility companies to prepare up-to-date comprehensive maps of existing streets and utility systems and worked with the State of Louisiana, their design team and the utility owners to identify infrastructure to be abandoned, relocated or adjusted.
  • NEPA documents for a Line and Grade Study (2002) and Environmental Assessment (2008) for a new fixed or moveable span crossing of the Harvey Canal at Harvey or Lapalco Boulevards in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, for the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany Parishes, and LADOTD. All engineering design was also provided by N-Y.
  • NEPA documents for an Environmental Assessment (2005) and Supplement (2007) for a new High-Level Bridge over the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal at Florida Avenue in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes, Louisiana, for the LADOTD. All engineering design was also provided by N-Y.
  • NEPA documents for the preparation of a (1) a Master Plan, (2) an Environmental Inventory (2004) and (3) an Environmental Assessment (2008) for the Earhart Expressway / Causeway Boulevard Interchange, Route LA 3139, in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana for the LADOTD. All engineering design was also provided by N-Y.
  • NEPA documents for a Geometric Study and Environmental Assessment for the LA 1088 Interchange, Route I-12, in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana for the LADOTD.  All engineering design was also provided by N-Y.
  • NEPA documents for the East-West Corridor Multi-Modal Line and Grade Study and Environmental Impact Statement in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes for the LADOTD. N-Y was a major subconsultant to URS and led the highway component.