The Plan for the 21st Century, commonly referred to as the Master Plan, is a City Charter-mandated planning framework for the core systems that shape New Orleans’ physical, social, environmental, and economic future. The Plan for the 21st Century reflects the values and priorities that emerged through a community participation process and is grounded in information assembled for the first time in one place. In 2010, the Plan was unanimously adopted by both the City Planning Commission and the City Council and was signed by Mayor Mitchell Landrieu.
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 – 4/10/16)
- Open Application Period (4/11/16 – 6/30/16)
- Charter-mandated review and approval process (7/1/16 – 7/1/17)
For more information on the amendment process and to view applications as they are received, visit nola.gov/city-planning.