Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Awards Thursday, November 8

Third Annual Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Awards

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 12pm-1:30pm, Intercontinental Hotel, 444 St. Charles Avenue 

Honorees:  Beth Shapiro Lavin and St. John #5 Baptist Church

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. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact  Keith Twitchell at kgctwitchell@cbno.org  or 504.267.4666 or go to this link: CBNO Award Lunch: Tables & Tickets Form

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Proposed 2013 Budget does not fund City Planning’s Neighborhood Participation Program

For the past couple of years, the City Planning Commission has been working on improvement to its notification requirement in what is called its Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP). City Planning’s NPP will make significant improvements to notify neighborhood and residents of developments in their community. This is a key component of the NOLA CPP. City Planning’s NPP went before City Council’s Governmental Affairs Committee on October 19, and they recommended approving this plan to the full City Council. Now with City Council on the brink of approving this plan, it faces a major challenge.

Today (October 29), the Administration presented its proposed budget to City Council. The $491 million budget outline which programs and department will be funded and at what amount. City Planning had a $55,000 budget request to implement the NPP. The Administration did not recommend funding this proposal. The final decision now rest with the City Council. The City Planning Commission will make a presentation to the City Council on it proposed budget on Wednesday, November 7 sometime between 1:30 and 5:00pm. Please let City Council know that CPC’s NPP is important and needs to be funded. The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance has a list of resources on its website to make it easy to get your budget input to City Council. Here are a few of them:

Please let City Council know your support for City Planning Commission’s $55,000 budget offer to implement the Neighborhood Participation Program.

Provide Your Input to City Council on the 2013 Budget

As November approaches, so does the City Council’s work on the 2013 Budget. Today (Monday, October 29), the Mayor released his proposed budget. Then City Council will review the budget, hold public hearings, and then will approve the City 2013 Budget on November 30. So now is the time to provide your input to City Council on your budget priorities.

 

City Council will hold its budget hearing between November 7 and 15 (here is the complete hearing schedule). These meeting will be held during the day and there are multiple department scheduled for a 4 hour block of time, so it is difficult to attend these meetings in person. The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG) asked City Council to hold their meeting in the evening and make other changes that would make it easier to engage in this process. Council refused, so NOCOG is asking people to sign this petition to Council to change its process.

 

The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance has put together some resources to make it easier to provide your input to City Council. Our partners at NPN has put together this guide on the City’s budget process. You can use this to learn more about the process. Here are the ways that you can provide your input to City Council:

 

How City Council decides to allocate the resources in the budget will help determine how many pot holes are filled, how many blighted properties are torn down or fixed up, how many police officers are on the street, and how many NORD programs are available to children. So it is important to provide you input to City Council. So please let City Council know your neighborhood’s budget priorities, and share this information with your friends, family, and neighbors. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Nick Kindel at (504)267-4665 or nolacpp@gmail.com.

 

Governmental Affairs Commitee Recommends Approval of City Planning’s NPP

At the Friday, October 19th City Council Governmental Affairs Committee recommended approval of the City Planning Commission Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) to the full City Council. At a previous Committee meeting, City Planning staff presented it Neighborhood Participation Program plan. The Committee members had a number of questions about how this proposal for New Orleans compares to other similar cities. CBNO researched other cities and presented a report on our findings at the October 19th meeting.

The Governmental Affairs Committee then voted to recommend approval to the full City Council. You can find the video of this meeting at this link (go to the 43 minute mark). City Planning’s NPP will now go to the full City Council for final approval (we are not sure the exact meeting they will consider it). In addition to needing Council approval, City Planning’s NPP needs to be funded in the 2013 Budget. Next month, City Council will consider the 2013 Budget and will vote on the Budget at their November 30 meeting.

 

NOLA CPP to present at City Council Governmental Affairs Committee on October 19

Update: Meeting agenda has been posted, please see this link.

At the request of the City Council Governmental Affairs Committee and the City Planning Commission, CBNO researched resident and neighborhood notification and meeting requirements in comparable cities. CBNO’s Citizen Participaiton Project Coordinator, Nick Kindel, will present the report on his findings at the next Governmental Affairs Committee meeting on Friday, October 19 at 2pm in City Council Chambers. The meeting agenda can be found at this link.

You can watch this meeting on Public Access television or on the City Council’s website on the Council video page.

A summary of CBNO’s report is available on the NOLA CPP website, and  you can download a pdf copy of the complete report at this link.

CPC Approves Revised Language for Master Plan Text Amendment #19

At its September 25 meeting, the City Planning Commission approved revised language for Master Plan Text Amendment #19. The original language, submitted by the Neighborhood Engagement Office, would have removed District Councils from the Master Plan. The revised language would keep District Councils in a more limited role.

This revised language will go to the City Council for final approval. The suggested hearing date for this and all other Master Plan Amendments is at the Thursday, November 1 City Council meeting. It could also come up at the Thursday, November 15 City Council meeting. Here is the link to the City Planning Commission staff report. Here is the link to the section of the staff report specific to Text Amendment #19: City Planning Revised Staff Report_ MP #19_09.20.12

Below is the revised language that was approved by the Planning Commission and will go to City Council:

Recommendation:

Modified approval to amend text as follows:

 

Volume 3, page 15.2, Subheading 2 change:

Establishing a Neighborhood Participation Plan

 

Volume 3, page 15.2, Additional sub sub-heading:

2.1 Developing internal government structure and capacity

 

Additional text beneath new sub-heading:

The creation of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office (NEO) in 2011 is indicative of an increased awareness of the need for city government to have policies and procedures for obtaining and working with community input. Further, NEO serves as the connecting point between city government agencies, departments, boards, commissions, etc., and external community structures such as neighborhood associations, business and merchants associations, and other civic and stakeholder entities.

One important NEO responsibility is the creation of what the city calls the City Neighborhood Participation Plan (NPP). This is a city government-wide framework for instituting clear, meaningful and effective public participation processes and/or policies. This involves building participation capacities within city government (to include public-private partnerships, boards, commissions, and special initiative task forces and working groups). As a guiding framework, the NPP provides the internal foundation for New Orleans government and its neighborhoods and community members to work productively together under clear processes and guidelines for reaching better-informed and community-supported government decisions.

As such, the development of a broad, city government-wide NPP serves as the foundation for agency-specific NPPs (i.e., City Planning, Capital Projects, Public Works). Therefore, any external NPP should be aligned and compatible with the City NPP.

 

Additional sub-heading:

2.2 Developing external neighborhood structure and capacity

 

Replace the original 1st paragraph text (quoted in bullet below) beneath subheading 2 on page 15.2:

  • The CPC would take the lead in establishing the districtwide councils and other CPP components, working closely with the Mayor’s Office of Public Advocacy. (original text)

 

With this proposed revision:

  • The Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office, in partnership with the City Planning Commission, will work with community and government stakeholders to establish an effective, efficient and sustainable neighborhood-based NPP after finalizing and implementing the city government-wide NPP. District-wide planning councils (detailed example of how this model operates is listed in Section B of this chapter) should be encouraged and given technical assistance by the city and non-profit organizations. NEO would provide information on (1) how to form a neighborhood organization/district-wide planning council; (2) how government works; and (3) providing contact information. Increasing city coordination and assistance to neighborhood organizations and district-wide planning councils will be evaluated and considered for future implementation in coordination with the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office, the City Planning Commission and other government and community stakeholders.

 

Remove all text from current subheadings 2 and 3 and place as information items in Section B of Ch. 15, “What the Public Said”

 

Subheading 4 becomes subheading 2

Subheading 5 becomes subheading 3

Subheading 6 becomes subheading 4

 

Additional revisions for document consistency:

Change any related references in Volumes 1 and 2 to make clear that the City’s role is to encourage and provide technical assistance to any district-wide planning councils. Make any necessary change to reference the role of the Neighborhood Engagement Office, and any necessary changes to use the term Neighborhood Participation Plan.

 

City Council Announces 2013 Budget Hearing Schedule

From New Orleans City Council:

CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS ON

2013 PROPOSED BUDGET

The Council will hold hearings on the Mayor’s proposed 2013 budget, beginning on  Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Chamber.  All hearing days begin at 10:00 a.m. Hearing dates for individual departments and agencies are:

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

MISCELLANEOUS – MUNICIPAL PARTICIPATION GRANTS

 

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SAFETY & PERMITS DEPARTMENT

HISTORIC DISTRICT LANDMARKS COMMISSION

VIEUX CARRE COMMISSION

CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

N.O. REGIONAL BUSINESS PARK

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LAW DEPARTMENT

CIVIL SERVICE

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

 

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

JUVENILE COURT

CORONER’S OFFICE

HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT

REGISTRAR OF VOTERS

FRENCH MARKET CORP. & UPPER PONTABLA BUILDING RESTORATION CORP.

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

MUNICIPAL COURT

TRAFFIC COURT

 

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

PARKS AND PARKWAYS DEPARTMENT

SANITATION DEPARTMENT

MOSQUITO, TERMITE, & RODENT CONTROL

PUBLIC LIBRARY

REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

 

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE

PIAZZA D’ITALIA CORP. / RIVERGATE DEVELOPMENT CORP. /

CANAL STREET DEVELOPMENT CORP./ N.O. BUILDING CORP.

TAX LEVY

REVENUE BUDGET

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

N.O. AVIATION BOARD

 

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

MAYOR’S OFFICE

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

MISCELLANEOUS – OTHER PROGRAMS

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

POLICE DEPARTMENT AND POLICE PENSION

 

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ORLEANS PARISH COMMUNICATION DISTRICT

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT (INCL. DELGADO ALBANIA PLANTATION COMM.,

MUNICIPAL YACHT HARBOR CORP.)

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

CAPITAL BUDGET AND FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL PLAN

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CLERK OF CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT

DEPARTMENT OF FIRE AND FIRE PENSION

 

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

FINANCE DEPARTMENT AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM

ALGIERS DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

NEW ORLEANS REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

COUNCIL & ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROL BOARD

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, THROUGH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

AS NEEDED FOR BUDGET COMMITTEE

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

ADOPT BUDGET

 

These meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for additional accommodation or any assistance required to fully participate may be directed to Calvin Aguillard at 504-658-1093 (V) or through LA Relay Service at 1-800-846-5277 (T), 1-800-737-1013 (Spanish) or the All City Departments TTY: (504)658-2059. This communiqué is available in alternative formats upon request.

 

For additional information, contact Barbara Avalos (658-1092; btavalos@cityofno.com) or Calvin Aguillard (658-1093; cjaguillard@cityofno.com )