Participatory Budgeting Teach-In: Tuesday, July 30

Back on June 25, the Participatory Budgeting for New Orleans campaign held its first public meeting to introduce people to Participatory Budgeting (PB). People were interested in the idea and wanted to learn more. So on Tuesday, July 30 at 6pm at NPN’s Office (3321 Tulane Avenue), we will host our second teach-in on PB. This teach-in will feature someone from Vallejo, California who will discuss their PB process, and we will also strategize the next steps of the PB 4 NOLA campaign.

So Please join us on Tuesday night to learn more about PB and to help set the direction for this campaign. Here is a flyer with all of the information about our next PB teach-in on Tuesday night: Flyer PB NOLA teach-in July 30 Here are all of the details for this meeting…

Participatory Budgeting Teach-In

Tuesday, July 30 at 6pm

Neighborhoods Partnership Network’s Office

3321 Tulane Ave (next to Shell station)

City Council Once Again Defers Neighborhood Participation Program

At today’s meeting, City Council once again voted to defer City Planning’s Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP). The NPP has been before City Council for almost a year, and they have voted a number of times to move NPP forward. However, the final vote on the ordinance that will update the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to implement the NPP has been deferred a number of times since he ordinance first came up on May 16. The latest deferral was at the request of Councilmember Hedge-Morrell who said that she did not think that the NPP would come up for a vote at today’s meeting. The NPP was on the City Council press release that was sent out prior to the meeting. The NPP has been deferred to City Council’s August 8, 2013 meeting.

More information about the NPP can be found at the City Planning Commission’s websiteHere is the City Council Ordinance that would incorporate the NPP into the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. You can watch the video of today’s City Council meeting at this link (go to the 1 hour 44 minute mark).

 

City Planning’s Neighborhood Participation Program on City Council’s Thus, July 25 Agenda

The agenda for the July 25 City Council meeting has been posted, and City Planning Commission’s Neighborhood Participation Program is back on the agenda as Item #25. We have been told that the NPP will move forward on Thursday, but that is what we thought 2 weeks ago when it was deferred. However, we are hopefully that the NPP will be approved on Thursday. Here is the link to to City Council’s Agenda for Thursday’s meeting. We will provide an update if we have any more information.

 

The NPP will require more and better notice to surrounding residents, property owners, and neighborhood groups. It will also require that the applicant hold a meeting prior to submitting their proposal to the City Planning Commission, and they will be required to invite the surrounding residents, property owners, and neighborhood groups. This is a significant step towards ending “planning by surprise” and creating a Citizen Participation Program in New Orleans. More information about the Neighborhood Participation Program can be found at the City Planning Commission’s website.

 

There are other significant items on Thursday’s City Council Agenda include the following:

  • Jimmy’s Alcoholic Beverage Outlet Permit (Item #5). Report can be found here and here.
  • Revisions to the City’s Food Truck laws (Item #23).
  • $12 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds to elevate 48 homes, which The Lens reported on a couple of weeks ago (Items #2627).
  • A number of land use and zoning issues from Xavier’s Conditional Use request for a parking lot (Item #11) and a reception facility in the Gentilly area (Item #6)

 

CZO Draft to be Release Soon, Public Meetings to be scheduled Sept/Oct

At today’s City Planning Commission meeting, CPC staff said that the latest Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance draft will be released to the public soon. No release date has been set, but it will likely be by the beginning of September.

In addition, City Planning Commission will host 10 public meetings to get input on the latest CZO draft. There will be a meeting in each Planning District, except all of the New Orleans East and Algiers Planning Districts will each only have one meeting (Here is the City’s Planning District Map). The exact dates and locations are still being worked out, but the meetings will take place between Monday, September 23 and Thursday, October 10. For more information and updates, check out City Planning’s Draft CZO website.

 

Help Bring Participatory Budgeting to New Orleans!

Our City, Our Money, Who Decides?

Participatory Budgeting NOLA – PB NOLA – is hosting regular Teach-Ins to discuss the participatory budgeting process, network with folks nationwide who have been involved in getting this process adopted in their cities (New York, Chicago, Vallejo, CA), and learning more and more about the mechanics of how our city’s money is generated and spent. We invite anyone and everyone to come share their experiences with the current budgeting process and their voice in how participatory budgeting can take shape in New Orleans. Sign up to stay informed about the campaign here; tell us how YOU would prioritize public spending here; and STAY TUNED for info about the next PB NOLA TEACH-IN.

 

PB NOLA envisions a New Orleans where public dollars are spent according to the direct voice, guidance and decision-making power of residents. PB NOLA is a campaign of NOCOG involving staff from NPN, Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO), Puentes and VAYLA.

City Council to Vote on Neighborhood Participation Program will be deferred to July 25

Update 07/10/13: I was just told that the City Council vote on City Planning’s Neighborhood Participation Program will be deferred until their July 25 meeting. Sorry for any confusion. I will report more information as it become available.

At Thursday’s meeting (July 11, 2013), City Council will on the ordinance to implement City Planning Commission’s Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP). This ordinance is Item #37 on the Regular City Council agenda. You can view the entire ordinance at this link. This is the final step for adopting the NPP, and it will go into effect the day after it is signed by the Mayor.

The NPP will require more and better notice to surrounding residents, property owners, and neighborhood groups. It will also require that the applicant hold a meeting prior to submitting their proposal to the City Planning Commission, and they will be required to invite the surrounding residents, property owners, and neighborhood groups. This is a significant step towards ending “planning by surprise’ and creating a Citizen Participation Program in New Orleans. More information about the Neighborhood Participation Program can be found at the City Planning Commission’s website.

Last Chance to Sign Up for NORDC Community Advisory Teams

Here is a press release from the Mayor’s Office on the last chance to sign up to be a part of the New Orleans Recreation Commission’s Community Advisory Teams. You can find a pdf of the CAT application from this link.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07/09/2013

APPLICATION DEADLINE NEARS TO SERVE ON COMMUNITY ADVISORY TEAMS FOR NORDC NEIGHBORHOOD PARTICIPATION PROCESS

NEW ORLEANS, LA–Today, the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission reminded residents of the July 15th application deadline for residents interested in serving on new Community Advisory Teams that will play an integral role in the NORDC Neighborhood Participation Process (NPP).Residents can pick up applications at the NORDC headquarters, at 800 Race Street, at the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office, in 8E05 in City Hall, online at http://new.nola.gov/neighborhood-engagement/, or at one of the active NORDC recreation centers. Completed applications can be submitted to NORDC locations or to the Neighborhood Engagement Office, faxed to 504.658.4969, or emailed to neighborhoods@nola.gov.

Any Orleans Parish resident interested in participating on Community Advisory Team will be welcomed, and participation among all ages is encouraged, with eligibility starting at eight years old.

The Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office and NORDC will conduct a training for all Community Advisory Team members on July 17, 2013 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Treme Center, 900 North Villere Street.

Approved in January 2013 after months of community input, research review and discussion, the NORDC NPP provides a framework for effective public participation in citywide recreation issues. It calls for the creation of 15 Community Advisory Teams, three per council district, which will meet to discuss and make recommendations on recreation-related topics. The goal is to help ensure that community needs and concerns are an integral component of NORDC decision making.

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