NEW ORLEANS, LA – TOMORROW, the New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) will hold a community meeting for Bywater, Eight Ward, and Upper Ninth Ward at KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy at 2300 St. Claude Ave. to discuss the updated review draft of the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). At the meeting, residents can view the draft CZO, learn how to use it, and give input on zoning issues in their neighborhoods. The CZO is the law that governs land use throughout the City of New Orleans. The CZO includes lists of permitted land uses for each of the City’s zoning districts, in addition to height limits, setback requirements, urban design standards, operational rules, and other regulations. The draft CZO can be viewed on the CPC’s website at www.nola.gov/cpc.
“The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance builds on the momentum established in the years after Hurricane Katrina for the redevelopment of our city. By incorporating the vision, priorities, and goals the CZO creates a blueprint for development moving forward and is critical to implementing the City’s Master Plan. I encourage residents to attend and actively participate in the Neighborhood Planning District meetings,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.
Released in 2011, the first draft of the CZO gathered input at a series of Neighborhood Planning District meetings attended by more than 2,000 residents. The release of the new draft CZO culminates nearly two years of review by CPC staff and consultants and includes refinements based on concerns raised by residents and neighborhood associations, as well as from interactions with City agencies, citizen advisory groups, various interest groups, and business community leaders. At the October planning district meetings, residents will have a final chance to give direct input and gain a deeper understanding of the new zoning configurations.
Some of the key attributes of the new CZO include:
Adjustments to ensure that the administration of the ordinance is consistent, predictable, and understandable;
The replacement of the cumulative zoning structure with place-based zoning districts;
Design controls and review processes to preserve neighborhood character;
New requirements to guarantee meaningful neighborhood input;
Clear standards for sites and uses that allow flexibility and protect adjacent uses;
New parking standards to reflect on-the-ground realities of historic and non-historic areas of the City; and
Landscaping and storm water management standards.
Copies of the draft CZO are available at the following New Orleans Public Libraries:
The New Orleans Public Main Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans 70112
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70127
Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center
4300 S. Broad Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
Martin Luther King Library
1611 Caffin Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
Norman Mayer Library
3001 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
Robert E. Smith Library
6301 Canal Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
While comments on the CZO Draft will be documented at the Neighborhood Planning District meetings, residents have until November 30, 2013 to give comment by email email@example.com or call (504) 658-7033.
NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING DISTRICT MEETING SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Bywater, Eight Ward, Upper Ninth Ward/ District 7
KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy/ formerly Charles J. Colton Middle School
2300 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Mid City and Tremé/ District 4
Tremé Recreation Center
900 North Villere Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
6:00 – 8:00 PM