City Planning Commission to vote on Implementing the Early Notification System Tomorrow

At tomorrow’s City Planning Commission meeting, they will vote on changes to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) to implement their Neighborhood Participation Plan (NPP). City Planning’s NPP is basically the Early Notification System that the NOLA CPP Model calls for, which requires early notice and meetings between the developer and neighborhoods for proposed developments.

You can find the proposed new language for the CZO in CPC’s staff report: Revised_Staff_Report_ZD_1613


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City Planning Staff Report on Early Noticifcation System

Update: City Planning Commission defers the vote on implementing the NPP changes in the CZO until their next meeting on March 26. The vote was deferred to incorporate comments made by Committee for a Better New Orleans and The Public Law Center. You can still make comments by Monday, March 18 by emailing and reference zoning docket 16/13.


On Tuesday, March 12 at 1:30pm, the City Planning Commission (CPC) will vote on the changes to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) that would implement CPC’s Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP).  City Planning’s NPP would create an early notification system where area residents and neighborhoods would be informed of developments prior to their submission to the City Planning Commission, and would give neighborhoods and residents an opportunity to meet with the developer to discuss the proposal.

City Planning staff has completed their review of the proposed changes to the CZO and have issued a staff report, which can be found at this link:

NORD Commission is now accepting applications for Community Advisory Team

To implement its Neighborhood Participation Plan (NPP), the NORD Commission is creating a number of Community Advisory Team (CAT) to get input from residents. With the assistance of the Neighborhood Engagement Office, the NORD Commission is now accepting applications for the Committee Advisory Teams. You can find the CAT Application at this link. For more information on the NORD Commission NPP, go to the Neighborhood Engagement Office website (see the “what we’re working on” tab).


NOLA CPP will be topic of WDSU’s Hot Seat on Sunday at 10:30pm

CBNO and our close partner Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN) will be on Norman Robinson’s Hot Seat on WDSU TV-6 this Sunday night (March 3). Look for us to come on the air a little after 10:30 PM. We will be talking about best practices in civic engagement and why New Orleans needs a full, formal Citizen Participation Program that includes outreach, capacity building and involvement by the business community as well as neighborhoods and government.


During our taping for Hot Seat, Mr. Robinson read a statement from the Landrieu Administration claiming that their approach to civic engagement was more “cost effective” than the NOLA CPP. Let’s examine this claim. The NOLA CPP proposal, designed by the people of New Orleans, is projected to cost about $2 million per year — or roughly $6 per person per year, which by itself seems pretty cost effective.

The Administration has not released any figures on what it is spending right now on civic engagement, but our research suggests that between funding the Neighborhood Engagement Office, the mayor’s budget town halls, the NORD Commission NPP, all the other meetings they convene, etc etc etc, they are already spending well over $1 million. And sure, a Yugo costs less than, say, a Ford Explorer — but what are you getting for your money? The NOLA CPP includes exponentially more capacity-building for residents and neighborhoods than the Administration is currently doing. Equally important, the NOLA CPP also connects business people to neighborhoods and city government; this means that the NOLA CPP helps revitalize neighborhoods and promote business through appropriate economic development, something that is completely lacking from the Administration’s approach to civic engagement.

Finally, residents have said from the beginning of our work on the CPP that they want a dedicated funding source for this, like a small property parcel fee, to protect the CPP from future budget or political threats. Thus, the funding for it would not even come out of the city’s general fund. Considering all the above, a strong case can be made that the NOLA CPP is in fact MUCH MORE cost-effective than the Administration’s current approach to civic engagement — as well as being more inclusive, better for economic development, more pro-active for neighborhoods, and generally more effective across the board.