Press Round-up on City Council’s Adoption of Neighborhood Participation Program

Update September 5, 2013: Include a letter to the editor from Keith Twitchell in response to David Marcello’s Op-Ed.

 

On Thursday, August 22, City Council adopted the zoning changes to implement City Planning Commission’s Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) for land use actions. Ever since, there have been a number of press releases, email blasts, editorials, and post about the NPP adoption, some of these take partial credit for the work. I will include links to all of media and outreach about the NPP below.

First, I would like to thank the City Planning Commission for their work on the NPP. It was their plan, and they did the majority of work on it, particularly the CPC staff. Out of all the people/organizations given credit for the NPP, I have felt like City Planning has been an after thought. Certainly others were involved from City Council, to the Administration, neighborhood groups, community group (like CBNO and others), and individual residents. I just want to make sure that the City Planning Commission get the credit that they deserve, because they came up with a great plan to engage residents, businesses, neighborhoods, developers, and city government. Congratulations City Planning!

Here is a round-up of media and press releases regarding City Planning’s NPP (in order of release):

NOLA CPP Blog Post & NOLA CPP Newsletter

Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office’s Statement

City Council August 22 Meeting Summary

Stacy Head Newsletter

David Marcello, of The Public Law Center, Op-Ed in the TP | nola.com

Keith Twitchell of Committee for a Better New Orleans, letter to the editor in the TP Nola.com: http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2013/09/new_orleans_zoning_applicants.html#incart_river

 

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Video of Council vote on the NPP

Here is the video of City Council unanimously approving the changes to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to implement the City Planning’s Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) for land use actions.

 

http://vimeo.com/73334433

NEO statement on City Council passing City Planning’s Neighborhood Participation Program

From the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office:

 

City Council passes the Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) for Land Use Actions 
Dear Neighborhood Leaders,

Today, by request of the Landrieu Administration, the City Council passed the Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) for Land Use Actions.  This is a major milestone, and I’d like to thank you for your engagement and hard work to make it happen.  Working together with the City Council, the City Planning Commission, neighborhood and business leaders, we now have a streamlined process that makes sense.

Mayor Landrieu has said, “We are building a city for the ages.”  To that end, we need clear and predictable rules for businesses and developers, and we need meaningful dialogue with neighborhoods.  The Neighborhood Participation Plan for Land Use Actions encourages early citizen involvement in the development review process and improves communication between the development community, citizens, and the City of New Orleans.

We look forward to working with you as the City implements the Neighborhood Participation Plan for Land Use Actions.

Sincerely,

Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office

 

 

City Council amends Zoning Ordinance to implement Neighborhood Participation Program

Back on May 2, City Council adopted the City Planning Commission’s Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) for land use actions. However, the final ordinance to amend the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to implement the NPP was on hold until today (August 22) when it was approved by City Council in a unanimous  vote. The ordinance adopted by City Council to implement the NPP is available at this link.

City Planning’s Neighborhood Participation Program will improve the notice that is given to nearby residents and neighborhood organizations. It will also require the developer, business, or applicant to hold a meeting and invite nearby residents and neighborhood groups prior to submitting his or her application to the City Planning Commission. More information, and the entire plan, can be found on the NPP page on City Planning’s website.

The amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance will go into effect at noon the day after it is signed by the Mayor, which is required by law to take place within 10 days. At that point the all applicants will be subject to the NPP and will need to comply with the expanded notice requirement and meet with nearby residents and neighborhood organizations. The City Planning Commission is putting together a guide for residents and businesses on the NPP, which should be available soon on its website.
CBNO and NPN will be working with CPC staff and the Neighborhood Engagement Office to help bring information about the NPP to residents, neighborhoods, and business groups.  If you would like to schedule a presentation on the NPP for your group, please let us know.