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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 18, 2014 at 8:36 AM

UPDATED: Rules, Policies, & Procedures Public Hearing Notice

The City Planning Commission, at its March 11, 2014 meeting, will take public comment on and consider amendments to the text of its Rules, Policies, & Procedures. 

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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: 3/14/2014 1:01:48 PM

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