NPN to Receive the Citizen Participation Award

Committee for a Better New Orleans is delighted to announce that Neighborhoods Partnership Network will be the recipient of the inaugural CBNO Citizen Participation Award, which will be conferred at the Award Luncheon on Thursday, November 4. Moon Landrieu will be the keynote speaker, and Norman Robinson will be the Master of Ceremonies.

We hope that you will help us in recognizing the outstanding work of NPN, and in supporting the work of the NOLA CPP, by joining us at the luncheon.

City Council Resolution on the CPP

On Thursday October 21 the New Orleans City Council passed a resolution that affects the NOLA CPP. Please see this article from The Lens, the City Council meeting summary, and the description below for more information on the NOLA CPP and this resolution.

Following is an update on recent government actions regarding the NOLA-CPP, and some next steps for the project.  Please take the time to read through this, because the results of these actions make the next 6 – 8 months utterly crucial to our ability to provide the city of New Orleans with a world-class citizen participation program.

In September, the NOLA-CPP was formally submitted to the City Planning Commission.  However, without any hearing, announcement, or opportunity to present the work and answer questions about it, the Planning Commissioners (not the staff) apparently reject the NOLA-CPP outright.  No reasons have been given, but they have made it clear that they will not proceed with this work, despite the fact that it was done at their request.

Following this, a resolution was drawn up by City Councilmember Clarkson that would have directed the Planning Commission staff to start from scratch on developing a New Orleans CPP.  In a press release accompanying the resolution, Ms. Clarkson was quoted as saying “No one model will be considered.”  After a lot of communication with other Council members and members of Ms. Clarkson’s staff (and after deferral of the initial resolution), last Thursday an amended resolution was passed by the Council that directs the Planning Commission staff to set up a task force and conduct a six-month process that will result in a CPP model.  However, the amended resolution specifically states that this work will build on existing work on a CPP in New Orleans; and the Planning Commission staff has stated that this task force will be open to all who wish to participate.

This makes it vitally important that those many of you whose hard work, innovative thinking and overall inspiration led to development of the NOLA-CPP model be at the table for the Planning Commission task force. This will begin hopefully soon after the first of the year, so please take some time off until then; but right after the first of the year we will begin reconvening the Action Team and doing our best to make sure that these last two-plus years of citizen work are not in vain as the final New Orleans CPP is developed.

We will also be working on the following:

- Continuing the work of the pilot programs.  Despite the fact that every CPP in the world has an equivalent of the District Councils in the NOLA-CPP, there are still those who want to do away with them, and also people who want to reject the brilliantly innovative Communities of Interest.  The pilot programs will be essential in demonstrating the value of these concepts.

- Continue to outreach to neighborhoods and communities across the city.  Despite the tremendous amount of outreach to date, there are still those who are not aware of this work, and we need to continue to engage and inform them.

- Bringing leaders from other CPPs to New Orleans to help inform the community about how these programs work in other cities.

We will keep you informed about all this work, and will be counting on you to join us after the first of the year to make sure that the final result is an outstanding NOLA-CPP that serves all citizens fairly and equitably.  As always, your comments are very, very welcome.

Invitation to Citizen Participation Award Luncheon

Below and attached is an invitation to the Committee for a Better New Orleans’ inaugural Citizen Participation Awards luncheon.  With Moon Landrieu as the keynote speaker, a very worthy honoree and a great lunch, it should be a wonderful event and we would be delighted to see you there!


CBNO Invite

NOLA CPP Meeting Update – Next Meeting Date

I would like to thank everyone that was at our last meeting on Wednesday. For the second meeting in a row, the room was filled with our hard working resident volunteers. It is nice to see that involvement in the NOLA CPP is steadily increasing, and lets keep up the momentum!

At Wednesday meeting, we discussed a couple of changes to the NOLA CPP Model that address some concerns about the Model. As we move forward, we will continue to refine the Model to address the input that we receive, while ensuring that it upholds the principles of inclusion, equity, and transparency. The two changes that were discuss involve neighborhood organizations charging dues, and clarifying that neighborhoods shall have the most say for issues that affect their neighborhood. The following changes to the 9/8/10 version of the NOLA CPP Model were agreed upon at the October 13 NOLA CPP Meeting:

From Section III, Neighborhoods, Subsection I, Dues and Support Revenues (page 6), the first two sentences are replaced as follows:

I.  Dues and Support Revenues

Neighborhood Associations are encouraged to make their dues voluntary, but may choose to collect mandatory dues.  However, whenever a Neighborhood Association is asked for input on an issue that comes to it through the CPP, all residents and property owners within the geographic boundaries of that Neighborhood Association shall be informed about the issue, and shall have the opportunity to provide their input through the Neighborhood Association, and have their vote counted, whether or not they are dues-paying members.

From Section V, Communities of Interest (page 10), the following is added as a new paragraph after the opening paragraph:

While recognizing the importance of including more citizens through Communities of Interest, when an issue comes before the CPP whose primary impact is on a specific neighborhood or neighborhoods, input from those neighborhoods shall be given greater primacy and weight than any input that may be received from Communities of Interest, or from other neighborhoods outside the area in question.

 
We hoped to discuss making changes a third section of the NOLA CPP Model on Neighborhood Association boundary disputes, but we did not have enough time at Wednesday’s meeting. These changes will be discussed at the next NOLA CPP meeting. We will also discuss the City Planning Commission and City Council processes for going forward and how to advocate for our work during these processes.

The next NOLA CPP meeting will be held on October 27 at Grace Episcopal Church. Due to the large crowd at the last meeting, this meeting will be in the large cafeteria in the back of the building. Here are the details for the next NOLA CPP Meeting:

When: Wednesday October 27
6:00 to 7:30pm

Where: Grace Episcopal Church
3700 Canal Street

NOLA CPP In the News

Here are links to a couple of articles about the NOLA CPP…

There is an article in The Lens about some of the opposition to the CPP.

There is another article in The Uptown Messenger about Neighbors United’s support of the CPP.

New Location for October 13 Action Team Meeting

There is a new location for the NOLA CPP Action Team Meeting. Here is the information:

Location: Grace Episcopal Church, 3700 Canal Street – Located in Mid-City (near Mandina’s) at the intersection of Canal St and S Telemachus St – There is parking available behind the church

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 13 from 6:00 – 7:30pm

Please contact Nick Kindel (nolacpp@gmail.com) if you have any questions. We hope to see you there.

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