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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Planning Project

Site Plan / Design Review

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The design or site plan review process is intended to promote orderly development and redevelopment in the city and to assure that such development or redevelopment occurs in a manner that is harmonious with surrounding properties, is consistent with the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, and promotes the general welfare of the city. It provides for standards to ensure compatibility of land uses, buildings and structures; to protect and enhance community property values; to ensure the efficient use of land; to minimize traffic and safety hazards; to ensure efficient parking layout; to minimize environmental problems; and to incorporate proper storm water management and sustainable design techniques.

A Design Review application should be used for the following: 

  • Urban Corridor, Eastern N.O. Renaissance Corridor, Hwy. Urban Corridor, Inner-City Urban Corridor 
  • Downtown Design Review Lower St. Charles Ave. Design Review District 
  • MU-A Mixed-Use District, CBD developments greater than 50,000 sq. feet 
  • Adult Day Care Centers (Section 11.14) 
  • Colleges in Light Industrial Districts (Section 11.36.3.a) 
  • Mast or façade-mounted cellular antenna in certain districts (Section, 11.55.3.A.1) 
  • Retail uses greater than 25,000 sq. ft. (Section 11.61) 
  • Appeals of the Outdoor General Advertising Sign Regulations (Section 12.5.11) 
  • Moratorium appeal 
  • Interim Zoning Districts appeal 
  • Church Waivers 
  • Mural Review


  • $225 Compliant plan 
  • $500 Non-compliant plan 

Required documents/steps

  • Design Review/Site Plan Application
  • Two (2) 24”X 36” copies and one (1) 11”X 17” are required of:
    • Site Plan 
    • Floor Plan
    • Landscape Plan 
    • Lighting Plan 
    • Architectural Elevations 
    • Signage Plan 
    • Photos
  • After submission of a full and complete application that is accepted by the City Planning staff, applicant will be given a zoning docket number and the individual case heard at a meeting of the City Planning Commission (CPC) 
  • During that meeting, the Commission will either recommend approval, modified approval or denial to a zoning request
  • Depending on the CPC decision, the applicant and those who spoke at the CPC hearing will participate in a New Orleans City Council hearing who has the final say over zoning changes
  • If the decision is for approval, CPC will guide the applicant through the next steps of the process

Issuing agency

City Planning Commission

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Last updated: 11/4/2013 1:09:29 PM

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