September 16, 2014
New Orleans, LA ... The City's Home Rule Charter requires that a Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) be adopted and that it be consistent with the Master Plan. After several years of development, including many public meetings, the City Planning staff presented their final recommended draft CZO to the City Planning Commission (CPC) at its September 9 meeting. The CPC voted unanimously for a modified approval of the staff's recommendations, and the final draft CZO now comes to the Council for consideration. The Council recognizes that there are substantial conversations still to be had, and that additional public comment and debate will further inform the process and result in a better product. With that in mind, the Council presents the following timeline:
- Immediately and ongoing: Written comment not previously provided to the CPC may be submitted by completing the online comment form on the Council's website. This feature will remain available throughout the public comment period.
- Tuesday, September 30, 2014: The Council will hold a special Committee of the Whole meeting on September 30 (time TBA) to receive public comment and engage in debate. No vote or formal action by the Council will take place at this meeting.
- October 2014: It is expected that the Council will take up the City Planning Commission's recommendation and vote on the final draft CZO before the end of October. However, the Council is prepared to alter its 2015 Budget hearing schedule, which begins on October 27, in order to allow for further consideration, if necessary.
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