Budget Breakdown Videos and Survey


On Wednesday, July 13, the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG) held a “Budget Breakdown” session to describe the City’s budgeting for outcomes process. We recorded this session and you can find the videos for this session on NPN’s YouTube page. Here are the links to the videos:

Part One:  http://youtu.be/5vX4H6-1kGw
Part Two:  http://youtu.be/TVF3Z5e7YzA
Part Three:  http://youtu.be/DKVJHsJeMgs


We also put together a survey to get the communities opinion on how the budget should be divided among the six major budget sections, and to get people’s priorities on various programs in the Public Safety section on the budget. Please go here to fill out the survey. Thanks.


Links: CZO, Energy Smart Summit, & Title Clearings

Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

A draft of the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance is now available for review on the City’s web site, www.nola.gov/en/RESIDENTS/City-Planning  or at www.nolamasterplan.org.  Citizens will be able to review the full CZO draft online, as well as review accompanying documents that include maps and guides that explain how to navigate the comprehensive document. A series of public meetings will be held September 12-27 (the locations will be announced later) to discuss the CZO and receive feedback from the community.

After the public meetings conclude, the City Planning Commission will hold public hearings and vote on the final ordinance which must be approved by the City Council. For more information regarding the CZO, citizens can call the City Planning Commission at 504.658.7033. Citizens can also email comments to cpcinfo@nola.gov.


Energy Smart Neighborhood Association Summit

WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 10:00am – 12:00pm  WHERE:  The Preservation Resource Center, 923 Tchoupitoulas Street  WHAT:  Energy Smart, a New Orleans Energy Efficiency Program Neighborhood Association Summit  – To find out more about Energy Smart, please visit:  www.EnergySmartNOLA.info – Everyone interested in attending should RSVP to (504) 872-3888 or EnergySmart@Clearesult.com

Save New Orleans Homes – Title Clearing

A collaborative between a number of Legal Service nonprofits is providing free legal assistance to clear property titles. Call (504) 529-1000 or visit www.savenolahomes.org to set up an appointment to determine whether you are eligible for free legal assistance.

More CPP Documents en Espanol

Our friends at Puentes have translated some more of our CPP documents into Spanish. In addition to our Executive Summary and FAQs, we now have the NOLA CPP history and paying for the CPP translated into Spanish. Please go to the following link to access these documents. thanks.

NOLA CPP En Espanol

CPP History – Historia del desarrollo del PPC

Paying for the CPP – Pagar el PPC

Your City, Your Money, Who Decides? Budget Breakdown on July 13

Your City, Your Money – Who Decides?


 “The Budget Breakdown”

Citizen Training On The City’s New Budget Process

 Wednesday, July 13th, 6-8pm

Grace Episcopal Church

3700 Canal St.

Conducted by Bob Rhoden, former Commissioner of Criminal Justice and Finance Department staffer

Presented by the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance

 Free and Open to the Public

Pre-register by calling (504) 940-2207 or emailing nolacpp@gmail.com

The City of New Orleans’ new budget process calls for public input on how your tax dollars are going to be spent across six priority areas: Public Safety, Children & Families, Economic Development, Sustainable Communities, Open & Effective Government, and Innovation.


  • Did you know that 58% of the city’s budget goes to public safety? Are we spending the right amount of money on the right programs to actually make us safer?
  • Does spending 3% on Children & Families, 2% on Economic Development, and 17% for Sustainable Communities give us a better quality of life?
  • Did you know that greater community input last year could have led to funding for violence prevention, emergency medical services or community engagement?

This training will help you understand the budget process and how you can have more influence on how your tax dollars are spent.  This may sound like a dry, boring topic, but it is actually easy to understand – and it’s your money at stake!

New Notification Requirements for Land-use Application and Zoning Changes

At Yesterday’s City Council Governmental Affairs Committee meeting, City Council approved new notification requirements for land-use application and zoning changes for a 90-day trail period. These new notification requirements would do the following…

  • The City will make it easier to find meeting notices and agendas on nola.gov.
  • Applicants would be required to place a sign on the property.
  • Post Cards will be sent to all property owners and residents within 300 feet of the subject property.
  • Office of Neighborhood Engagement will email neighborhood organizations.

Nick Kindel from the NOLA CPP commented at the meeting that this is a good first step to informing people about what is going on in their neighborhood. He also said that the CPP/NPP will take it a step further. Councilmember Guidry said that these new notification requirements will role in to the NPP. For more information, please see these articles from The Lens and Uptown Messenger. You can find a pdf copy of the new notification rules on the Lens website.

NOLA CPP News: Update on Alternative NPP Scope of Work – Your City. Your Money. Who Decides?

Here is the latest news from the NOLA CPP. We would like to share the latest news about the Mayor’s alternative NPP process and the upcoming revision to the Scope of Work. Also, there is an opportunity to tell city how you want it to spend your tax dollars, and you can learn more at the “Budget Breakdown” workshop on July 13 from 6 to 8pm at Grace Episcopal Church (3700 Canal). For more information, please go to this link.