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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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New Orleans City Planning Commission releases updated review draft of the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

September 16, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) released the updated review draft of the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). CPC also announced the final round of ten Neighborhood Planning District meetings where residents can view the draft CZO, learn how to use it, and give input on zoning issues in their neighborhoods. The draft CZO can be viewed on the CPC’s website at

“The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance builds on the momentum established in the years after Hurricane Katrina for the redevelopment of our city. By incorporating the vision, priorities, and goals the CZO creates a blueprint for development moving forward and is critical to implementing the City’s Master Plan. I encourage residents to attend and actively participate in the Neighborhood Planning District meetings,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. 

Released in 2011, the first draft of the CZO gathered input at a series of Neighborhood Planning District meetings attended by more than 2,000 residents. The release of the new draft CZO culminates nearly two years of review by CPC staff and consultants and includes refinements based on concerns raised by residents and neighborhood associations, as well as from interactions with City agencies, citizen advisory groups, various interest groups, and business community leaders. At the October planning district meetings, residents will have a final chance to give direct input and gain a deeper understanding of the new zoning configurations. 

Some of the key attributes of the new CZO include:

  • Adjustments to ensure that the administration of the ordinance is consistent, predictable, and understandable;
  • The replacement of the cumulative zoning structure with place-based zoning districts;
  • Design controls and review processes to preserve neighborhood character;
  • New requirements to guarantee meaningful neighborhood input;
  • Clear standards for sites and uses that allow flexibility and protect adjacent uses;
  • New parking standards to reflect on-the-ground realities of historic and non-historic areas of the City; and
  • Landscaping and storm water management standards

Copies of the draft CZO are available at the following New Orleans Public Libraries:

The New Orleans Public Main Library
219 Loyola Avenue 
New Orleans 70112 

Algiers Regional Library 
3014 Holiday Drive 
New Orleans, LA 70131 

East New Orleans Regional Library 
5641 Read Blvd. 
New Orleans, LA 70127 

Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center 
4300 S. Broad Street 
New Orleans, LA 70125 

Martin Luther King Library 
1611 Caffin Avenue 
New Orleans, LA 70117 

Norman Mayer Library 
3001 Gentilly Blvd. 
New Orleans, LA 70122 

Robert E. Smith Library 
6301 Canal Blvd. 
New Orleans, LA 70124 

While comments on the CZO Draft will be documented at the Neighborhood Planning District meetings, residents have until November 30, 2013 to give comment by email or call (504) 658-7033. 


Tuesday, October 1, 2013 
New Orleans East /Districts 9, 10, and 11 
Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Church
5600 Read Blvd 
New Orleans, LA 70127 
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 
Central Business District and French Quarter/ District 1 
National WWII Museum- LA Memorial Pavilion 
945 Magazine Street 
New Orleans, LA 70130 
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Thursday, October 3, 2013 
Algiers/ Districts 12 and 13 
YMCA Federal City 
2220 Constitution Street 
New Orleans, LA 70114 
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Monday, October 7, 2013 
Pontilly and Gentilly/ District 6 
Ben Franklin High School 
2001 Leon C. Simon Blvd. 
New Orleans, LA 70122 
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 
Lower Ninth Ward/ District 8 
Dr. King Charter School 
1617 Caffin Avenue 
New Orleans, LA 70117 
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 
Lake Area/ District 5 
Edward Hynes Charter School 
New Orleans, LA 70124 
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Thursday, October 10, 2013 
Uptown/ District 3 
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School 
3617 General Pershing Street 
New Orleans, LA 70125 
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Monday, October 14, 2013 
Central City and Garden District/ District 2 
Dryades YMCA 
2200 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. 
New Orleans, LA 70113 
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 
Bywater, Eight Ward, Upper Ninth Ward/ District 7 
KIPP New Orleans Leadership Academy/ formerly Charles J. Colton Middle School 
2300 St. Claude Avenue 
New Orleans, LA 70117 
6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Thursday, October 17, 2013 
Mid City and Tremé/ District 4 
Tremé Recreation Center 
900 North Villere Street 
New Orleans, LA 70116 
6:00 – 8:00 PM


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