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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Planning Project

Site Plan / Design Review / Stormwater

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The design 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 the surrounding properties, is consistent with the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and Master Plan, and promotes the general welfare of the city. It provides for standards to ensure the 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: 

  • Development within Design Overlay Districts
    • RIV  Riverfront Design Overlay Districts
    • CPC Character Preservation Corridor Design Overlay Districts 
    • EC  Enhancement Corridor Design Overlay Districts
    • CT  Corridor Transformation Design Overlay Districts
    • GC Greenway Corridor Design Overlay District
    • Developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the major intersections along a Design Overlay District
    • Development on a through lot within a Design Overlay District 
    • Development with 100 feet or more of lot frontage in an identified Design Overlay District
  • Sign applications in all Design Overlay Districts
  • Certain Development within RDO-1 and RDO-2 Residential Diversity Overlay Districts  (see Section 18.7.C.1.c and 18.8.C.1.c)
  • New construction, additions or enlargements of multi-family residential, townhouse, non-residential or mixed-use structures over 40,000sf
  • Additions of new structures to a non-residential or mixed-use development on a lot that bring the total gross floor area of all structures on the lot to 40,000sf or more
  • Significant renovations to non-residential or mixed-use structures, or group of structures on the same lot, where the total gross floor area is over 40,000sf
  • When the public benefit floor area ratio bonus provisions of Section 17.5 within the Central Business Districts are used
  • When required by the Use Standards of Article 20
  • When required by the site development standards of Article 21
  • Electric Utility Substations and Transmission Lines
  • Interim Zoning District Appeals
  • Moratorium Appeals

Stormwater Management Plan Review

The intent of the stormwater regulations is to encourage sustainable development practices in new development or redevelopment projects, reduce urban runoff into the existing drainage system, diminish subsidence rates, and to comply with federal, state, and local regulations for urban stormwater management. This can be accomplished by slowing the surface flow of stormwater runoff and promoting filtration, plant uptake, absorption, and infiltration into sub-soils. The stormwater plan shall show compliance with the requirement to retain, detain, and filter the first one and one quarter inch (1.25”) of stormwater runoff during each rain event.

A stormwater management plan shall be submitted as part of any new development, including redevelopment, with the exception of single- or two-family residences, of:

  •  A site with five thousand (5,000) square feet or more of impervious surface (please refer to Calculation of Impervious Surfaces worksheet for more information on what is considered impervious)
  • A site of one (1) acre or more in size,
  • A site where the primary use is stormwater management.

Fees

  • $225 Compliant plan 
  • $500 Non-compliant design review plan or appeal
  • $1000 ABO Moratorium Appeal

Required documents/steps

  • Design Review/Site Plan /Stormwater Application
  • One (1) 24”X 36” copy and one (1) digital copy are required of:
    • Site Plan 
    • Floor Plan
    • Landscape Plan 
    • Lighting Plan 
    • Architectural Elevations 
    • Signage Plan 
    • Photos
    • Stormwater Management Plan (if applicable)
      • Existing Conditions and Stormwater Management
      • Proposed Development and Stormwater Management
      • Calculations
      • Implementation Timeline & Cost
      • Operations & Maintenance Plan
      • Landscape Plan
      • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for sites of one acre or more
  • If needed, the applicant may meet with City Planning Commission (CPC) staff for a pre-application meeting where CPC staff will explain the requirements of the application and provide further clarification and guidance on the design or stormwater requirements.
  • After submission of a full and complete application, CPC staff will review the application for compliance with the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.  For stormwater management plans, copies of the complete stormwater plan will be distributed to various City agencies for comments with respect to compliance with each department’s regulations. Reviewing agencies include: Sewerage and Water Board, Departments of Public Works, Department of Parks and Parkways, Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board, Historic District Landmarks Commission (if applicable), and the Vieux Carré Commission (if applicable).
  • The design review or stormwater management plan may be approved, approved with conditions, or denied by the Executive Director of the City Planning Commission.
  • For stormwater management plans, once a plan is approved by the Executive Director of CPC, the applicant will record the plan with the Notarial Archives and the Office of Conveyances and post a maintenance bond. Prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, a landscape architect or professional engineer licensed in Louisiana shall certify with signature and seal in an affidavit that the landscape and stormwater management measures have been installed in accordance with all approved plans and specifications. Stormwater features are subject to inspection during and after construction.
  • If the design review plan is denied by the Executive Director of the City Planning Commission, The applicant may file a written appeal of the decision of the Executive Director of City Planning Commission to the City Planning Commission within forty-five (45) days after the date of the final decision in accordance with Section 4.8. Plans reviewed by the Design Advisory Committee may be appealed to the City Council within forty-five (45) days after the date of the final decision of the City Planning Commission.
  • If the stormwater management plan is denied, the applicant may apply for a variance with the Board of Zoning Adjustments.
 
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Last updated: 8/28/2015 12:07:38 PM

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