Master Plan Amendments
Master Plan Amendment Staff Reports
City Planning has released its Staff Report on Master Plan Proposed Future Land Use Amendments and Text Amendments. This includes a section on the proposed text amendments to the Future Land Use categories as well as sections on each planning district in which Future Land Use Map amendments were proposed. The reports have been updated to include the City Planning Commission's recommendations from the January 24 and February 7, 2017, public hearings.
These staff reports can be found at the Master Plan Amendment Staff Reports page, here.
Public Hearing Notice (updated 1/18/17)
THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION HEREBY ANNOUNCES THAT IT WILL HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS TO SOLICIT THE OPINIONS OF CITIZENS RELATIVE TO PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CITY’S MASTER PLAN, THE PLAN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY: NEW ORLEANS 2030.
The public meetings concern Master Plan amendment applications that were submitted by the Sept. 9, 2016 deadline. To view the Master Plan amendment applications select the following link: http://www.nola.gov/city-planning/mpamendments/master-plan-amendment-submissions/ To view a map of the planning districts visit: http://nola.gov/city-planning/czo/.
Public hearings will take place according to the following schedule:
To receive public comments and consider amendments to the Future Land Use Map and the text of the Future Land Use Map category descriptions:
- 3pm, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street, Room 1E07. The public hearing will take place after the CPC’s regular meeting which begins at 1:30pm, but in no case will the Master Plan amendments public hearing begin before 3pm.
To receive public comments and consider amendments to the text of the Master Plan – not including changes to the Future Land Use Map category descriptions:
- 1:30pm, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street, Room 1E07.
The preliminary staff report for proposed Master Plan amendments will be released in two parts. On January 10, 2017, the staff report was released covering amendments to the Future Land Use Map and the text of the Future Land Use Map category descriptions. On January 24, 2017, the staff report will be released covering amendments to the text of the Master Plan – not including changes to the Future Land Use Map category descriptions.
The deadline for submission of written comments for amendments being considered on Jan. 24 has passed. The deadline for submission of written comments for amendments being considered on February 7, 2017, is 5pm, Monday, January 23, 2017. Interested citizens are also encouraged to visit the CPC website or contact the office of the City Planning Commission for more information. The office of the City Planning Commission may be reached via telephone at (504) 658-7033, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via U.S. mail or in person at 1300 Perdido Street, 7th Floor, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112.
Planning District Meeting Information
To download the Planning District meeting schedule and announcement, please click here.
Master Plan Amendment Process
The Home Rule Charter, Section 5-404, requires a review of the Master Plan “at least once every five years, but not more than once per calendar year, and at any time in response to a disaster or other declared emergency, the Commission shall review the Master Plan and shall determine, after one or more public hearings whether the plan requires amendment or comprehensive revision. If amendment or comprehensive revision is required, the Commission shall prepare and recommend amendments or comprehensive revisions and readopt the plan.” The Charter requires at least one public meeting for each planning district affected by amendments as well as one formal public hearing.
On October 27, 2015, The City Planning Commission confirmed the need for amendments to the Master Plan. Though the Master Plan is designed to take New Orleans through the year 2030, it is heavily focused on recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent failures of the levee systems. While disaster recovery was the immediate priority, the need to plan for the city’s long-term future is also necessary. Since the adoption of the Master Plan in 2010, the City has worked with numerous partners on initiatives recommending how New Orleans should adapt to a changing natural environment, create flexible and reliable systems, invest in economic development, and prepare the city for future disasters. These and other initiatives may be considered for incorporation into the Master Plan.
The following schedule is set for the 2016-2017 Master Plan amendments:
- Organization/Outreach (1/1/16 – 4/24/16)
- Open Application Period (4/25/16 – 8/31/16)
- Charter-mandated review and approval process (9/1/16 – 7/15/17)
Please note that for Master Plan Future Land Use Map amendments by the public, a pre-application Neighborhood Participation Program is required, following the same procedures outlined in the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance for a zoning map amendment. You will need to meet with City Planning staff to become familiar with this process.
Some additional information is provided below:
The Master Plan Amendment Applications will not be accepted by the City Planning Commission until April 25, 2016. The application is provided below: