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.


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.


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Training will consist of an overview of City Assisted Evacuation (CAE) and the impact volunteers will play in helping everyone safely and efficiently evacuate. Come to a training and take part!
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Other upcoming training dates:
  • Saturday, May 25th 11a to 1p
  • Monday, May 27th 5:30p to 6:30p
Specialized Trainings (to be offered on & in the Emergency Operations Center at City Hall)
  • Thursday, May 30th 5:30p to 6:30p – Leadership Training
  • Thursday, June 6th 5:30p to 6:30p – 311 Specialist Training
  • Thursday, June 13th 5:30 to 6:30p – Logistics Training

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City Council Unanimously Approves Neighborhood Participation Program

At today’s (May 2, 2013) meeting, the City Council voted 7 to 0 to approve City Planning Commission’s Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) for land use actions. The NPP will provide early notice to nearby residents and neighborhood groups. It will also require meetings between applicant (the developer, business owner, or the City) and the nearby residents and neighborhoods. This is a significant step forward that will end “Planning by Surprise” in New Orleans.

We would like to thank everyone who helped make the NPP a reality: City Planning Commission, CPC staff, City Council, City Council staff, and all of the New Orleans residents and neighborhood who have called for and provided input into the Neighborhood Participation Program. You can find the approved NPP on the City Planning Commission website at this link:

If you have any questions about the NPP, please contact Nick Kindel at or (504) 267-4665. We look forward to continuing to work with the City Planning Commission staff to help ensure the successful implementation of the Neighborhood Participation Program!


Latest NOLA CPP Newsletter

The Latest NOLA CPP Newsletter has information on the upcoming May 2 vote by City Council on the Neighborhood Participation Program, which would implement early notice for land use and zoning decision. It also includes information on getting involved the NORD Commission and Saturday’s workshop on neighborhood participation in land use and zoning. Here is the link to the newsletter.



Video: NOLA CPP on Hot Seat

On Sunday, March 3 Keith Twitchell from Committee for a Better New Orleans and Timolynn Sams from Neighborhoods Partnership Network appeared on WDSU’s Hot Seat.  The topic of the conservation was the New Orleans Citizen Participation Project. The video of the appearance can be found on YouTube at the following links:

Part 1:

Part 2:

City Planning Commission Approves Zoning Changes to Implement Early Notification System

At its March 26 meeting, the City Planning Commission (CPC) voted to revise the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) to implement portions of its proposed Neighborhood Participation Plan (NPP). City Council has to vote its final approval, which should take place by early May.

City Planning’s NPP is basically the Early Notification System (ENS) that is called for in the NOLA CPP Model. The NPP would improve neighborhood and adjacent residents’ notification of proposed projects including: zoning changes, conditional use requests, zoning variances in their community, and related Planning Commission actions. It would also give neighborhoods and residents an opportunity to meet with private developers and/or public sector agencies that are proposing projects prior to the projects being submitted to CPC.

The proposed Zoning Ordinance changes can be found in the CPC staff report. You can view the full NPP at this link, and additional information can be found on the City Planning Commission’s NPP website.