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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 February 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

City Planning Commission Packets

The City Planning Commission Packets for the February 24, 2015 meeting will be available Wednesday, February 18, 2015 instead of Tuesday due to the Mardi Gras Holiday.

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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 August 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Comment Deadline Date Changed

At its Aug. 26 meeting, the CPC voted to extend the deadline for written comments on the Draft CZO (ZD 81/14) to 5pm, Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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Updated July 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Public Hearing Draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance RELEASED

The City Planning Commission has released the July 2014 Public Hearing Draft of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and Maps. 

Public Hearing Dates

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3 PM

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 6 PM

Tuesday September 9, 2014, 3 PM

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Updated July 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Board of Zoning Adjustments Rule Change Public Hearing Notice

The proposed Board of Zoning Adjustments Rule Changes can be downloaded under the CPC Rules and Regulations.

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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 January 31, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Update on the Draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance Review Process

The City Planning Commission (CPC) is in the process of reviewing over 1,000 public comments on the Draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance text and maps. 

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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: 7/2/2015 3:47:58 PM

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