Next NOLA CPP Action Team Meeting – October 13

With the New Orleans Citizen Participation Program model submitted to the City Planning Commission, discussion about the NOLA-CPP has increased.  Not surprisingly, those who are critical of the NOLA-CPP have stepped forward, and the ensuing conversations have raised some issues that definitely merit consideration.  At the same time, we need to be sure that NOLA-CPP advocates are making their views heard, and that we are all on the same page in our advocacy.  Therefore, we would like to convene a meeting of NOLA-CPP stakeholders on Wednesday, October 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The three main topics will be:

– Discussion of points raised about the model, and potential modifications to the model in response (see below for additional details).  As part of this, we welcome comments you may have heard as you have discussed the NOLA-CPP in your community.

– Discussion of how we advocate for the model, including clear and accurate descriptions of the many benefits it offers our city.

– Discussion of continued outreach to inform the community about NOLA-CPP.  While outreach to date has been extensive, there is always more we can do.  And please be sure to let us know if you would like to have a presentation done in your neighborhood or community, and also if you would like to work with the project on the outreach.

A couple examples of input related to the model that we have received and would like to discuss include the following:

– Some neighborhood associations feel that requiring their board meetings to be open to their members is a problem.  Could this be addressed by acknowledging that there may be times when neighborhood association boards need to be able to go into closed “executive sessions” to discuss sensitive matters like legal or personnel issues?

– There is a lot of concern about the requirement that neighborhood associations cannot charge mandatory dues.  Can we find language that allows for mandatory dues, while still preserving the core principle of open access to the CPP for all neighborhood residents?

This is an exciting and critical time for the NOLA-CPP, and we hope you can join us for this conversation.  We are tentatively scheduling the meeting for the CBNO – NPN offices at 4902 Canal Street, suite 300.  However, our most recent meeting overflowed our meeting space here, and we may move this meeting to a larger location.  Therefore, it would be very helpful if you could let us know if you plan to attend (though last minute arrivals are always welcome!).  Please watch for meeting reminders that will finalize the location.

We look forward to seeing you on October 13!

The CPP team


New Team Member


We are pleased to announce a new face that will be working on the CPP. Hillary Brown was recently hired as Community Development Coordinator, an AmeriCorps position with HandsOn New Orleans. As part of her term of service, she will be working with the Committee for a Better New Orleans on the Citizen Participation Program Pilot Project. You can contact Hillary by email at Welcome Hillary.


Revised CPP Model

The Citizen Participation Project has been working with the City Planning Commission staff to revise the CPP Model in a manner that addresses some of City Planning staff’s comments while maintaining the intent of the Model that was developed by the citizens of New Orleans.

The CPP initially submitted the Model to City Planning Commission on August 25, 2010. The CPP later meet with CPC staff to discuss the City Planning staff’s comments, and CPP made revisions to Model to address some of those comments. Today we submitted the revised Model that will be reviewed CPC staff and commissioners. Here is the revised Model.

Revised CPP Model (September 2010)

Please contact me at or 504.267.4665 if you have any questions or comments. thank you.


No NOLA CPP Meeting September 8 – Next Meeting Sept 15

I am sorry for the confusion, but there is no NOLA CPP meeting on September 8. The next NOLA CPP meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 15 at 6pm.

NOLA CPP Meeting
Wednesday September 15 at 6pm
CBNO’s office – 4902 Canal Street, Suite 300

We will discuss the ongoing work with the Pilot Projects, the CPP Steering Committee, submitting the CPP Model to the City Planning Commission, and preparing the enabling legislation for City Council.

I hope to see everyone there.

We are working on the final changes to CPP Model due to comments from the City Planning Commission. I should have the updated Model posted to the website by the end of the week. thanks.


CPP Citizen Participation Awards

Attached is the nomination form for the first annual CBNO Citizen Participation Award.  As you will see from the form, the idea is to honor an individual and/or an organization that has demonstrated leadership in the area of empowering citizens to be agents of change.  The award will be given at a luncheon on Thursday, November 4 (you will receive more information about the event as the date approaches).  We heartily encourage you to consider nominating candidates for this award, and to circulate the nomination form among your friends and colleagues.

Keith G.C. Twitchell, President
Committee for a Better New Orleans

Award Nomination Form