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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

City Planning Commission

What is the Planning Commission?

The New Orleans City Planning Commission is a nine member citizen board appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.  The Planning Commission provides analysis and recommendations to the City Council on matters dealing with the present and future development of the City, in accordance with the goals and policies of the City's Plan for the 21st Century or the Master Plan.  This includes reviewing, approving, and/or recommending to the City Council requests for master plan amendments, map changes, text amendments to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO), appeals and subdivisions.  The Planning Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  

What is the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA)?

The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) is a seven member board made up of citizens that are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.  The Board hears and makes final decisions on requests for variances from the requirements of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and considers appeals of decisions by the Director of Safety and Permits.  This Board was placed under the management of City Planning by a City Charter revision that became effective on January 1, 1996. The Board of Zoning Adjustments meets the second Monday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at 10:00 am in the City Council Chambers.

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Updated November 11, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Master Plan CPC Public Meeting Dates (UPDATED)

The City Planning Commission hereby announces that it will hold public hearings to solicit the opinions of citizens relative to proposed amendments to the city's Master Plan, the Plan for the 21st Century: New Orleans 2030.

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Updated January 6, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Smart Housing Mix Study Extended

On January 4, 2017, the City Council granted an extension to February 24, 2017, for the City Planning Commission to complete the Smart Housing Mix Study.

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Updated October 25, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Smart Housing Mix Ordinance Study

In accordance with Motion M-16-490, the City Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing and study to investigate the creation and implementation of a Smart Housing Mix Ordinance.

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Updated September 30, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Public Meeting Dates for the Master Plan


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Updated September 29, 2016 at 12:15 PM

City Planning Commission recommends approval of new Local Historic Districts

The City Planning Commission has recommended approval of the creation of new local historic districts: Uptown, Carrollton, Mid City, and Parkview.

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Updated September 23, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Master Plan Amendments Update

The Master Plan amendment application period closed September 9, 2016, and applications are now posted on the CPC website.

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Updated June 17, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Affordable Housing Impact Statements Study

In accordance with City Council Motion M-16-167, the City Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on July 12, 2016 on how affordable housing impacts can be assessed as part of land-use and building applications in the City of New Orleans. The CPC will study and consider the use of affordable housing impact statements and recommend potential changes to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and other applicable codes, if necessary.

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Updated June 10, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Capital Improvement Plan 2017-2021

The City Planning Commission is required under Section 5-402 of the Home Rule Charter to prepare a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the City of New Orleans and to assist in the preparation of the City’s annual capital budget.  The City Planning Commission will begin holding public hearings with each City agency requesting capital funds from June 24, 2016 to July 22, 2016.  

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Updated November 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM

One Stop Shop changes operating hours

Beginning on August 8, 2013, the One Stop will close to the public at 3:30 P.M. on Fridays in order to hold staff meetings and trainings.  

Operating Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Friday 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

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Updated August 12, 2015 at 12:04 AM

New Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

The New Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance is now effective.  

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Updated April 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Planning and Zoning Lookup Tool is now the Property Viewer

The Planning and Zoning Lookup Tool is now called the Property Viewer.  Zoning, Future Land Use, Draft Zoning, and Ownership information can be obtained on the new Property Viewer.  

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