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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

City Planning Commission

What is the Planning Commission?

The New Orleans City Planning Commission is a nine member citizen board appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.  The Planning Commission provides analysis and recommendations to the City Council on matters dealing with the present and future development of the City, in accordance with the goals and policies of the City's Plan for the 21st Century or the Master Plan.  This includes reviewing, approving, and/or recommending to the City Council requests for master plan amendments, map changes, text amendments to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO), appeals and subdivisions.  The Planning Commission meets the first and second Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.   

What is the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA)?

The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) is a seven member board made up of citizens that are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.  The Board hears and makes final decisions on requests for variances from the requirements of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and considers appeals of decisions by the Director of Safety and Permits.  This Board was placed under the management of City Planning by a City Charter revision that became effective on January 1, 1996. The Board of Zoning Adjustments meets the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at 10:00 am in the City Council Chambers.

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Updated October 21, 2015 at 10:15 AM

City Planning Commission Location Change

The Regular City Planning Commission being held on October 27, 2015, at 1:30 PM, will be in the 8th Floor Conference Room and not in the City Council Chambers.  

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Updated September 21, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Planning and Special Projects Committee Meeting (Short Term Rental Study)

On August 20, 2015, the City Council passed Motion M-15-391 which directed the City Planning Commission to conduct a public hearing and study on the regulation of Short Term Rentals in the City of New Orleans. 

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Updated August 12, 2015 at 12:04 AM

New Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

The New Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance is now effective.  

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Updated September 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

2015-2019 Capital Improvement Plan Draft and Public Hearing Notice

The City Planning Commission will hold two public hearings on the Draft Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), on September 9th and September 23rd, 2014. The CPC staff will present a summary of the draft CIP at the September 9th hearing.

Download the draft document here.

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Updated April 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Planning and Zoning Lookup Tool is now the Property Viewer

The Planning and Zoning Lookup Tool is now called the Property Viewer.  Zoning, Future Land Use, Draft Zoning, and Ownership information can be obtained on the new Property Viewer.  

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Updated November 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM

One Stop Shop changes operating hours

Beginning on August 8, 2013, the One Stop will close to the public at 3:30 P.M. on Fridays in order to hold staff meetings and trainings.  

Operating Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Friday 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

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Last updated: 10/29/2015 11:24:14 AM

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