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.
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