District Council Vote at City Planning & NO East District Council Debate Rescheduled for 10/11

CPC District Council Vote
At the City Planning Commission (CPC) meeting yesterday, CPC voted 7 to 0 to recommend modified language for the Master Plan on District Council. District Councils are organizations that are coalitions of neighborhood associations, similar to Gentilly Civic Improvement Association (GCIA). The original language submitted by the Neighborhood Engagement Office would have removed District Councils from the Master Plan. The modified language that was approved by the CPC would keep District Councils in the Master Plan in a more limited role. CPC recommendation now goes to the City Council for final adoption. City Council has 30 days to act after receiving the recommendations, so they will like vote at either their October 18 or November 1 meeting. Video from yesterday’s CPC meeting can be found at this link.

New Orleans East District Council Debate: October 11
Earlier this month, CBNO was planning to host a District Council debate in New Orleans East. This debate had to be postponed due to issues at the facility. The debate has now be rescheduled for October 11 at 7pm at City Church in New Orleans East. Here are all of the meeting details:

New Orleans East District Council Debate
Thursday, October 11, 7-8:30pm
City Church
13123 Interstate 10 Service Road
New Orleans, LA 70128

District Council Debate Invitation


Gentilly Fest Fundraiser This Sunday

Gentilly Fest will be 3 days of fun at Pontchartrain Park on October 5-7. This Sunday there will be a fundraiser at Friendly’s Bar to help support this year’s festival. Please see the flyer below for all of the details…

Governmental Affairs Committee Defers Action on City Planning’s NPP

At its September 14 meeting, the City Council Governmental Affairs Committee deferred any action on the City Planning Commission’s Neighborhood Participation Plan (NPP). The Committee wanted more information on how the NPP would impact the timeline for City Planning Commission’s approval of new businesses, and how the timeline in New Orleans compares to other cities. The Committee also wants to know how City Planning will decide which neighborhood associations and stakeholders are legitimate. There is no timetable on when the Governmental Affairs Committee will take up City Planning’s NPP, but we will let you know when it has been rescheduled. You can view CPC’s NPP plan on City Planning’s website.

District Council Debate at Zeitgeist on Thursday, September 20

CBNO hosts a debate on District Councils at the Zeitgeist Arts Center at 1618 O C Haley on Thursday, September 20 at 7pm. There is a lot confusion about District Councils, and their role with in formal participation structure. This forum will feature experts on both sides of the issue who will debate the pros and cons of District Councils, and what they could mean for New Orleans. WDSU’s Norman Robinson will moderate the debate. Here are the debate details:

District Council Debate

Thursday, September 20 from 7-8:30pm

Zeitgeist Arts Center

1618 O C Haley Blvd


Another District Council debate will be held in New Orleans East. We are still working to confirm the date and the place. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Breonne DeDecker at btdedecker@gmail.com, or 267-4696.

CBNO Citizen Participation Awards Tuesday, November 8: Tickets Now Available

You’re invited to join us as we celebrate and honor those working to inspire change in the Crescent City


Third Annual Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Awards

Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Intercontinental Hotel 444 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA 70130


Keynote Speaker:  Anne Milling, founder of Women of the Storm

and independent civic & social organization professional

Honorary Event Co-Chairs:  Donna G Klein, Esq. and Kim Boyle, Esq.

Master of Ceremonies:  WDSU Anchor Norman Robinson

Music By: The Last Straws


The purpose of the Citizen Participation Award is to honor an individual and/or an organization that has made a significant contribution to the Empowerment of Citizens to be Agents of Change and to celebrate civic engagement in New Orleans.  Recipients have demonstrated leadership in mobilizing groups of citizens and harnessing energies to help make New Orleans a better place.


 “The Platform” Sponsor $500

 Platform Sponsor’s name will be incorporated into the Luncheon Program, as well as on table centerpiece.  Sponsor to receive one full table (8 seats) at Luncheon for guests.  Please indicate the business or donor name as you would like it to appear in the luncheon program:


Single Ticket $50

 Receive one ticket for the luncheon.


Please go to this link to download ticket and table sponsorship form: CBNO Award Lunch: Tables & Tickets Form

NOLA CPP Action Team Meeting September 24

With the upcoming vote by the City Planning Commission on Master Plan Text Amendment #19, CBNO will host a NOLA CPP Action Team on September 24. This will be an opportunity for NOLA CPP supports to provide their input on the City Planning Commission staff’s recommendation for proposed changes to the Community Participation Plan Chapter of the Master Plan. You can review staff’s recommendation at this link. Here are the details of the next NOLA CPP Action Team meeting:

NOLA CPP Action Team Meeting

Monday, September 24, 6-7:30pm

CBNO’s Office – 4902 Canal Street, Suite 300

City Planning’s Neighborhood Participation Program Referred to Governmental Affairs Committee

Update (09/13): The Government Affairs Committee agenda is now posted on City Council’s website. The meeting is tomorrow (9/14) at 10am and City Planning Commission’s NPP is on the agenda.

On July 24, the City Planning Commission (CPC) voted to approve its Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP). The NPP creates an Early Notification System (ENS) where developers will be required to inform and meet with neighborhoods and residents early in City Planning’s decision making process. The ENS is a critical component of the New Orleans Citizen Participation Program, and its adoption is a significant step forward for resident engagement in New Orleans. You can view CPC’s NPP plan on City Planning’s website.

City Planning’s NPP now goes to the City Council for final review and approval. City Council has referred the NPP to the Governmental Affairs Committee. The next Governmental Affairs Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 14 at 10am in Council Chambers. This is subject to change, so please check City Council’s calendar for updated information. After review by the Governmental Affairs Committee, CPC’s NPP will go to the full City Council for final adoption.