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Friday, February 10, 2023

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City of Mandeville

Mandeville, LA

Clay Madden


Pledge Summary

The city of Mandeville, as the gateway to the North Shore and St. Tammany Parish, enjoys a lifestyle that is quite different from New Orleans, its South Shore neighbor. Mandeville embraces the serenity of its rich naturalistic environment. As a waterfront and water-oriented community, Mandeville enjoys a temperate climate amid a lush canopy of live oaks, magnolias and towering pines. Wildlife, such as squirrels, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, deer, armadillos, fish, pollinators, and numerous species of birds and water fowl are abundant throughout the area. The community exhibits a well-integrated sense of quality and scale, when viewed in perspective with nature. Planning guidelines have established spacious lot sizes, generous building setbacks, and overall low-density residential development. In order to ensure that the pines and hardwoods retain dominance as the community's vertical element, there is a construction height limitation of 35 feet. Landscaping requirements have been enacted to preserve existing trees and vegetation and to replace trees lost through development. Low-rise, landscaped monument signs have been adopted through sign regulations to minimize the visual clutter. These landscape regulations, along with the establishment of the Parks and Parkways Commission have enabled Mandeville to become a proud member of the Tree City USA program. Mayor Clay Madden of Mandeville, LA has further committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with signing of the Mayors' Monarch Pledge and looks forward to engaging residents in building a more pollinator friendly environment throughout the city.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.