Plan of Government

In 1947, the residents of East Baton Rouge Parish voted to establish a consolidated City-Parish government. The Plan of Government Plan of Government laid out the organization of the new combined governing body; it defines zoning, division of responsibilities, and jurisdictions.


The Plan of Government has been amended at least 17 times since it went into effect in 1949. Its 11 sections include:

Plan of Government Amendment Committee (2017-2019)

In 2017, at the request of Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis, the Metropolitan Council formed a committee to study and recommend possible amendments to the Plan of Government. That committee was made up of several City-Parish department leaders, community leaders, and representatives from the Southern University Law Center, the LSU Law School, the NAACP, and BRAC. The group met monthly for almost two years to formulate amendments to update and clarify most of the sections of the Plan of Government. The amendments would have to be approved by the Metropolitan Council and by the voters of East Baton Rouge Parish in order to be effective.  

To view archived video of the Plan of Government Amendment Committee meetings, visit this link.  

As of April 2021, several councilmembers have held informational meetings to inform members of the public about the proposals, and to allow members of the public the opportunity to offer feedback and ask questions. Please see the City-Parish calendar for any upcoming community meetings here.

The following documents provide further information on the proposed amendments.  

Plan of Government Amendments 2017-2019 Summary

Plan of Government Amendments PowerPoint

Plan of Government (Draft) with Proposed Amendments

plan of government public meetings

The Metropolitan Council is interested in public input on the proposed Plan of Government amendments. You may email your council member any comments you have, or use the online comment form below. Please provide any comments you have on the proposed Plan of Government amendments along with your name, email address, and home address.