Algiers Public Hearing on Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance – Thurs, Oct 4

On Thursday, October 4 from 6 to 8pm, the City Planning Commission will hold its public meeting in Algiers on the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. The meeting will take place at the Federal City YMCA at 2220 Constitution Street. See below for a flyer for the meeting.





CBD & French Quarter CZO Meeting – Wed, Oct 2

On Wednesday, October 2 from 6 to 8pm, the City Planning Commission will host a public meeting on the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) for the CBD and French Quarter. The Planning District 1 CZO meeting will be at the World War Museum’s LA Memorial Pavilion at 945 Magazine Street.




New Orleans East CZO Public Meeting – Tuesday, October 1

On Tuesday, October 1 from 6-8pm, City Planning Commission will host a public meeting in New Orleans East to get input on the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. The meeting will be held at St Stephens Baptist Church at 5600 Read Blvd.


New Orleans East

New Participatory Budgeting Video

The Participatory Budgeting Project has updated their video about Participatory Budgeting. You can view that video at this link:


Real Money, Real Power: Participatory Budgeting from PBP on Vimeo.

Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Public Hearing Schedule

From the City Planning Commission, here is the schedule of the upcoming City Planning hearings on the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance:



Planning Commission Approves $1 Billion Capital Improvement Program

On Tuesday, September 24, the City Planning Commission approved the City’s 2014 to 2018 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP is the City’s $1 billion plan for major construction (capital) projects for the next 5 years. You can find the approved plan on City Planning Commission’s website.  The plan now goes to the Mayor, who will present his 2014 Capital Budget to City Council in October. City Council will have to approve the Capital Budget by December 1.


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a complete summary of the CIP. Some key points to consider, is that this is the last year were the City will have significant bond money to spend on capital projects. In upcoming years, the only capital projects the city will be able to complete will be paid for from FEMA funds or by groups like the New Orleans Aviation Board that has its own funds (that will be used to construct a new airport terminal.


One disappointment aspect of this process is the amount of public involvement. With a month of public meetings for each department, 2 public hearings, and a written comment period, there were only about 20 people engaged in the entire process. This is not enough public input for a $1 billion plan. This comment was picked up in an article in


With the need for voter approval of a new bond measure, there is an opportunity to call for a process that would better engage the public. This would be an excellent opportunity to have a Participatory Budgeting process for part of the capital budget, where people actually decide how their tax dollars are spent. Learn more how you can get involved in bringing Participatory Budget to New Orleans.


City Planning releases updated draft of CZO & announces public meeting schedule

From a September 16 email announcement from the City of New Orleans:


City to Hold Ten Neighborhood Planning District Meetings to Discuss with Community

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) released the updated review draft of the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). CPC also announced the final round of ten Neighborhood Planning District meetings where residents can view the draft CZO, learn how to use it, and give input on zoning issues in their neighborhoods. The draft CZO can be viewed on the CPC’s website at“The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance builds on the momentum established in the years after Hurricane Katrina for the redevelopment of our city. By incorporating the vision, priorities, and goals the CZO creates a blueprint for development moving forward and is critical to implementing the City’s Master Plan. I encourage residents to attend and actively participate in the Neighborhood Planning District meetings,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.Released in 2011, the first draft of the CZO gathered input at a series of Neighborhood Planning District meetings attended by more than 2,000 residents. The release of the new draft CZO culminates nearly two years of review by CPC staff and consultants and includes refinements based on concerns raised by residents and neighborhood associations, as well as from interactions with City agencies, citizen advisory groups, various interest groups, and business community leaders. At the October planning district meetings, residents will have a final chance to give direct input and gain a deeper understanding of the new zoning configurations.

Some of the key attributes of the new CZO include:

  • Adjustments to ensure that the administration of the ordinance is consistent, predictable, and understandable;
  • The replacement of the cumulative zoning structure with place-based zoning districts;
  • Design controls and review processes to preserve neighborhood character;
  • New requirements to guarantee meaningful neighborhood input;
  • Clear standards for sites and uses that allow flexibility and protect adjacent uses;
  • New parking standards to reflect on-the-ground realities of historic and non-historic areas of the City; and
  • Landscaping and storm water management standards


Copies of the draft CZO are available at the following New Orleans Public Libraries:

The New Orleans Public Main Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans 70112

Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131

East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70127

Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center
4300 S. Broad Street
New Orleans, LA 70125

Martin Luther King Library
1611 Caffin Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

Norman Mayer Library
3001 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122

Robert E. Smith Library
6301 Canal Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124

While comments on the CZO Draft will be documented at the Neighborhood Planning District meetings, residents have until November 30, 2013 to give comment by email or call (504) 658-7033.



Tuesday, October 1, 2013
New Orleans East /Districts 9, 10, and 11
Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Church
5600 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Central Business District and French Quarter/ District 1
National WWII Museum- LA Memorial Pavilion
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Algiers/ Districts 12 and 13
YMCA Federal City
2220 Constitution Street
New Orleans, LA 70114
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Monday, October 7, 2013
Pontilly and Gentilly/ District 6
Ben Franklin High School
2001 Leon C. Simon Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Lower Ninth Ward/ District 8
Dr. King Charter School
1617 Caffin Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Lake Area/ District 5
Edward Hynes Charter School
New Orleans, LA 70124
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Uptown/ District 3
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School
3617 General Pershing Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Monday, October 14, 2013
Central City and Garden District/ District 2
Dryades YMCA
2200 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Bywater, Eight Ward, Upper Ninth Ward/ District 7
KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy/ formerly Charles J. Colton Middle School
2300 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Mid City and Tremé/ District 4
Tremé Recreation Center
900 North Villere Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
6:00 – 8:00 PM