City Planning releases draft of its Neighborhood Participation Plan

Last week, the City Planning Commission (CPC) released the public hearing draft of its Neighborhood Participation Plan (NPP). Also, CPC announced that it would hold a public meeting to get input on this draft on Wednesday, June 13 from 6-8pm at First Grace United Methodist Church at 3401 Canal Street.

While we have not fully reviewed the most recent draft, previous drafts have shown significant steps in the right direction. With this NPP, City Planning will require developers and businesses to meet with neighborhood residents prior to submitting plan to CPC. This will give residents an opportunity to express any concerns with the project early in the process so that the developer/business will have an opportunity to address those concerns.

Also, the NPP will improve notification requirements (wider mailing radius of adjacent property owners, signs posted on the site, improved email notification). Other changes include more information posted on CPC website, allowing for a 2nd public hearing to provide more opportunity to address the staff report, notices of Safety and Permits administrative decisions, and much more.

We would like to thank the City Planning Commission staff, Yolanda Rodriguez, Paul Cramer, and Jermey Tennant, for all of their hard and very good work on this plan. We encourage you to review this draft Neighborhood Participation Plan and check out CPC’s website for more information on its NPP. You can provide your feedback on this plan by emailing Paul Cramer at or attending the June 13 meeting. Here is the meeting information:

Draft NPP Public Input Meeting

Wednesday, June 13, 6-8pm

First Grace United Methodist Church

3401 Canal Street


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