Baton Rouge created its City Planning Commission in 1941 under the provisions of State Act No.204, written in 1926, and Section 33 of the Louisiana Revised Statues. In 1949, the City of Baton Rouge combined with the Parish of East Baton Rouge to become one of the United States' first consolidated city and parish governing units; hence the name City-Parish Planning Commission.
The legislated role of the Planning Commission is "to make and adopt a master plan for the physical development of the municipality and promote public interest in and understanding of a plan." With this charge, The Commission coordinates the implementation and updating of the Comprehensive Plan, FUTUREBR, and also develops zoning and subdivision regulations within the Unified Development Code.
The Planning Commission makes recommendations to Metropolitan Council regarding ordinances, regulations, and land use requirements, applying its knowledge and experience to the planning and zoning matters they consider at monthly public hearings.