Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer is proud to announce that the City of Slidell is the recipient of the Excellence Award for a Plan from the American Planning Association Louisiana Chapter (APA-LA) for the city’s Olde Towne Slidell Main Street Master Plan. Each year, the APA-LA recognizes a plan that focuses on a specific area or topic with an emphasis on plans that advance the science and art of planning.

The Olde Towne Slidell Main Street Master Plan was developed in 2022 by Philip Walker with the Walker Collaborative. At a Main Street conference in 2021, Mayor Cromer attended a presentation featuring Walker and was impressed with his knowledge and experience of developing master plans. Walker was an integral part of designing plans for cities such as Covington, LA; Topeka, KS; Starkville, MS; and Natchez, MS. The City of Slidell hired Walker as a consultant to design a plan to revitalize the Olde Towne Slidell Main Street area.

Johnny Bordelon, from JV Burkes & Associates and Daniel McElmurray, Slidell Planning Director, accept the Planning Excellence Award on behalf of Mayor Cromer and the City of Slidell

Walker held numerous public meetings and charettes with elected and city officials; Olde Towne residents, businesses, and property owners; Olde Towne organizations; stakeholders and members of the public. Important issues such as parking, streetscape projects, signage, lighting, special events, and connecting Olde Towne to Heritage Park were discussed. The final master plan was based on the public input from each of the public meetings.

Since the initiation of the plan in late 2022, several projects have already been completed. New directional signage on I-10 and I-12 were added by LADOTD along with signage on Fremaux Avenue and Hwy. 11 added by the city, help both residents and visitors locate the Olde Towne Slidell Main Street area. And brick paver crosswalks installed at several of the main intersections in Olde Towne help improve pedestrian safety and make Olde Towne Slidell Main Street more walking friendly.

“The City of Slidell is honored to receive this award from the American Planning Association. We had a lot of great input and support from the public and the fact that we were able to complete several of the projects helped our plan stand out from the rest,” said Mayor Cromer. “I would like to thank Phil Walker and his team at the Walker Collaborative, Olde Towne Slidell Main Street, and the Slidell departments of Planning, Building Safety, Engineering and Public Operations for all of their hard work on this project. But most importantly, I want to thank all of the Olde Towne residents, businesses, organizations and the members of the public who participated in this process by sharing with us their vision for Olde Towne Slidell Main Street.”

Olde Towne Slidell Main Street is a non-profit organization with the mission to help preserve and enhance the historic and economic integrity of the Olde Towne Slidell Main Street District, and promote Olde Towne Slidell as a center of cultural activity with a cohesive community identity. As a Main Street America™ accredited program, Olde Towne Slidell Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

“Congratulations to Mayor Greg Cromer and the City of Slidell for winning this award,” said Beth Bowman, President of Olde Towne Slidell Main Street. “Main Street is so appreciative that the City of Slidell understands the important role that Olde Towne Slidell Main Street plays in our community. We are excited about all the progress that has been made in the Main Street district, and even more excited about the improvements to come in the future.”

The complete Olde Towne Slidell Main Street Master Plan can be viewed at

The City of Slidell invites public review and comment on the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Program Year (PY 2022) of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).  The CAPER provides a summary of accomplishments and status of projects proposed during the 2022-2023 CDBG program year, and it summarizes the overall progress made in implementing goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan.

The City invites public comment from Wednesday, August 30, 2023 to Friday, September 15, 2023.

A copy of the CAPER may be viewed at the City of Slidell Planning Department; 250 Bouscaren Street, Suite 203; Slidell between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays; and  a summary of the CAPER may be viewed on line.

Citizens may submit their views and comments by email at, by phone (985) 646-4320 or in writing to the following:  The City of Slidell Planning Department; Attention: CDBG; 250 Bouscaren Street, Suite 203; Slidell, LA 70459.

Under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (42 USC 5165), a mitigation plan is required for the City of Slidell to qualify for Federal mitigation funds. On September 8, 2020, the City of Slidell adopted the 2020 St. Tammany Parish Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which includes mitigation actions intended to reduce the City’s risks from hazards.

The City’s 2023 Annual Update of Hazard Mitigation Plan is just one part of Slidell’s Community Rating System recertification process; this required annual update report highlights our progress in implementing the City’s mitigation actions. All of our City departments and staff have been working together to make Slidell a more resilient and safer place for our residents to live and for our businesses to thrive. This hard work has paid off with a Community Rating System score of 6 and that score has resulted in lowered flood insurance costs for property owners throughout the city.

For ongoing credit under the Community Rating System, the annual update is being presented to the Slidell City Council on Tuesday, July 25 and made available to the public in the City of Slidell Planning Department at 250 Bouscaren Street in Suite 203 or on the City of Slidell’s Hazard Mitigation web page at

For more information, please contact the Slidell Planning Department by email, or call (985) 646-4320.

The City of Slidell recently held their quarterly Service Awards Ceremony for employees celebrating milestone years of service to the city.

“Team Slidell is built on the strength of it’s employees, and it is an honor to work with such an extraordinary group of public servants,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “I would like to congratulate each of these employees for their hard work and dedication to the City of Slidell and our citizens.”

Pictured from left to right:
  • Daniel Seuzeneau – 15 years
  • Kaitlin St. Pierre – 10 years
  • Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Noto
  • Chief of Staff John Welborn – 5 years
  • Sara Cranford – 10 years
  • Blaine Clancy – 15 years
  • James Moore – 25 years
  • Justin Andrews – 20 years
  • David Farve – 15 years
  • Tory Acker – 15 years
  • Tyler Oulliber – 5 years
  • Maria Collins – 5 years
  • Casey Brooks – 5 years
  • Patrick Hook – 5 years
  • Kevin Sweeney – 5 years
  • Milton Audler – 10 years
  • Chastity Howell – 5 years
  • Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal
Not in photo:
  • Danny Abraham – 5 years
  • Michael Koch – 5 years
  • Forrest Austin – 10 years
  • Conrad Vaillancourt – 10 years
  • Ronald Rudiger – 15 years
  • Jeffrey Collins – 25 years
  • Jason Reavis – 25 years
  • John Ruth – 25 years

The City of Slidell broke ground on Thursday, March 24, on the Tammany Trace to Heritage Park project at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Bayou Lane. Mayor Cromer, members of the Slidell City Council, and elected and city officials were present.

The project includes the installation of a ten-foot-wide recreational trail from Heritage Park to the east end of Strawberry Street. Upon completion of this project, St. Tammany Parish Government will complete the connection to the Trace to the existing path at Gause Blvd. W.

The City of Slidell is funding a portion of this project through a FHWA Recreational Program for Louisiana grant. The total cost of the project is approximately $681,000.

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The City of Slidell, Louisiana is searching for a member of the community with a passion for Olde Towne Slidell to fill a vacant seat on the Olde Towne Preservation District Commission.
The ideal candidate would have knowledge in historic, cultural, educational, archaeological, architectural, artistic or preservation. Please send a letter of interest with a resume to
For more information about the Olde Towne Preservation District Commission please visit or call the Slidell Planning Department at (985) 646-4320.
What do you want Slidell to look like in the next 20 years? The City of Slidell is working on a 20 year comprehensive plan and we want to hear from our citizens!
To find out more about the city’s Slidell 2040 Comprehensive Plan, please visit the website at and watch the video below to get more information.

The City of Slidell will host a public meeting for the NFIP Community Rating System Feasibility Study at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. The meeting will include a presentation about items the city is addressing to reduce Flood Insurance Premiums for residents and the opportunity for public comments.