Through this RFP, Friends of Lafitte Greenway is soliciting a planning and design consultant to aid in the update of the plan.
The 2013 Lafitte Greenway Master Plan broadly envisions numerous potential community recreational uses on these sites, including community gardens, dog parks, sports fields, skate parks, public markets, and green infrastructure. However, this plan was developed before the Greenway opened. This project will bring together the larger community to establish an updated plan for this critical section of the Greenway and vision for adjacent development.
In collaboration with the City of New Orleans, Friends of Lafitte Greenway (Friends) is launching a public process to update the Lafitte Greenway Master Plan for the segment of the park from North Broad Street to Bayou St. John and adjacent neighborhoods. This document summarizes the project background, outlines a scope of work, and proposes a process for soliciting a planning and design consultant to aid in the update of the plan.
This planning process is made possible by generous support from RosaMary Foundation and Keller Family Foundation.
BROAD TO BAYOU RFP
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
- We wanted to clarify if the full 4.7 acres outlined in the RFP must be developed within the proposal. If this point is true, we would like to confirm that the 4.7 acres should incorporate LID designs that address most, if not all, of the eight Plan Goals outlined on page 8 of the document.
Yes, the area of the Greenway segment from Broad Street to Bayou St. John is 4.7 acres. We expect respondents to keep the plan goals (on Page 8) in mind as they craft their proposals as well as during the course of the planning/engagement work.
- Does FOLG have a certain amount within the budget they are willing to allocate as consultant compensation? Is the $40,000 outlined in the RFP meant solely for proposal costs?
The $40,000 in available funding should cover the entire cost of plan preparation, including consultant compensation.
- To what extent are the “Conceptual Stormwater Management Alternatives” outlined in the Greenway Flow feasibility study to serve as the basis for the Master Plan design?
These alternatives are provided as context for stormwater management possibilities in the Greenway. They are not the sole basis for the Master Plan update but should be taken into consideration and evaluated within the context of a wide array of stakeholder priorities for use and design of the study area. Friends may provide updated stormwater management scenarios to the winning respondent which provide greater details on the evolution of these scenarios.
- How is the neighborhood study area defined? Task 2 references the evaluation of housing and other uses in "adjacent neighborhoods." Likewise, Task 3 references scope involving recommended land use changes “in the corridor.” Is the analysis limited to the Broad to Bayou segment, and how far out from the Greenway is the study area envisioned to extend?
The neighborhood study area extends generally from Bienville to Orleans on either side of the Greenway. Some additional community groups, neighborhood organizations, and stakeholders may be located just outside these boundaries and should be included in the conversation. Friends of Lafitte Greenway has an extensive stakeholder list that we can provide to the winning respondent.
- Task 3 suggests a review of some programs that are too large for the Broad to Bayou segment (ie, football field). How should the program for this single segment be determined in relation to priorities for the Greenway as a whole?
Programming this segment of the Greenway is a key deliverable for the consultant and should be determined in the context of the various analyses and stakeholder conversations that take place during this planning and engagement effort. The examples provided in the RFP Task 3 description are simply examples, and do not each require individual evaluation in the absence of any stakeholder support for them.
- What is driving the engagement goal of 400 individuals?
Friends of Lafitte Greenway established an engagement goal of 400 individuals based on engagement levels on prior planning projects.
- How is it envisioned that the Project Advisory Team will provide guidance to the project team?
The Project Advisory Team will serve as representatives of and liaisons to local government agencies and civic and business organizations in the corridor. Members will provide insight into other planning efforts and bring information and experience to bear on the planning/engagement effort.
- The Public Involvement scope lists various methods of in-person and virtual outreach on page 14. Can you elaborate on the level of effort expected for each of these methods and quantify the number of events the design team will be expected to host?
Respondents are encouraged to propose a cost-effective approach to achieving engagement objectives using a combination of methods, which may include some or all of the methods on page 14 and others not listed. The methods and quantity of specific outreach efforts will be finalized during the contract negotiation process.
- Are you open to certain portions of the scope being identified for future phases of planning and design work?
Yes, it is understood that proposed concepts will require further study and development in future efforts.
- As part of the commitment to inclusion and public involvement, does the project have a budget for engagement events and the compensation of stakeholder involvement or is this included as part of the design fee?
The $40,000 budget for the project includes all costs for engagement, including any compensation to stakeholders.
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