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City Council Holds Community Meetings Citywide to Engage Citizens and Encourage Public Input on Master Plan

March 8, 2010

New Orleans, LA - March 8, 2010 - In the next few weeks, the City Council, in coordination with the City Planning Commission, will hold public meetings in each Council District in an effort to inform and engage the public on the Master Plan.

Council President Arnie Fielkow requested that the Council's Recovery Committee take the lead on coordinating these District meetings and emphasized the importance of outreach to the community. Fielkow said, "As elected officials, it is our duty to consider the needs of our citizens when making legislative decisions, and we want to ensure that the public has the opportunity to inform themselves, ask questions and offer input before the Master Plan moves forward."
Recovery Committee Co-Chair Councilmember Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, who authored the charter change that gives the Master Plan the force of law, said, "This Master Plan is critical to our city's recovery. It will bring badly needed stability to our planning process, protecting residential integrity and encouraging investment in our city. We need our residents' input to make sure we get this plan right."
Recovery Committee Co-Chair Councilmember Cynthia Willard-Lewis said, "Our citizens, community groups and neighborhood organizations always make concerted efforts to get engaged and make their voices heard on issues affecting the City. This item is no different - we recognize the desire of the public to be a part of the Master Plan approval and implementation processes, and we look forward to working together during these meetings."
The public meetings will be held throughout New Orleans in each Council District:
District A
Tuesday, March 30th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
City Park - Timken Center (old casino building) on Dreyfous Dr.
Parkview Terrace 2nd floor
here for map - Timken Center is #4 on map)

District B
Wednesday, March 24th, 6 p.m.
Academy of the Sacred Heart
Nims Fine Arts Center Dining Hall
4301 St. Charles Ave. (Click here for map)

District C
West Bank
Thursday, March 18th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Alice Harte Elementary Charter School
5300 Berkley Dr. (Click here for map)

East Bank
Wednesday, March 31st, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Musicians Union Hall
2401 Esplanade Ave. (Click here for map)

District D
Tuesday, March 23rd, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Gentilly Presbyterian Church
3708 Gentilly Blvd. (Click here for map)
Districts D & E
New Orleans East
Monday, March 22nd, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Household of Faith Church
9300 I-10 Service Rd. (Click here for map)

District E
Lower Ninth Ward
Monday, March 29th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
New Israel Baptist Church
6322 St. Claude Ave. (Click here for map)

Evelyn F. Pugh
Interim Council Chief of Staff
Ph: (504) 658-1082

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