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New Orleans City Planning Commission Releases Final Draft of City's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

July 23, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) released the Final Draft of the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). The CZO is the law that governs land use throughout the city of New Orleans. The CZO includes lists of permitted land uses for each of the City’s zoning districts, in addition to height limits, setback requirements, urban design standards, operational rules, and other regulations. The release of the Final Draft CZO culminates nearly three 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.

“New Orleans has made great strides planning and rebuilding in the years since Hurricane Katrina,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “The CZO builds on this momentum by incorporating the vision, priorities, and goals that New Orleanians have been working toward since the storm. The CZO is a crucial step to implementing the City’s Master Plan and creates a blueprint for development moving forward.”

The First Draft CZO was release in 2011. Initial input was gathered at a series of Neighborhood Planning District meetings attended by more 2,000 residents. In October 2013, the CPC released a Second Draft CZO and held ten community meetings across New Orleans that was attended by 1,500 residents. During the public comment period, over 1,000 written comments were received. CPC also hosted approximately 30 follow-up meetings with various neighborhood, business, and interest groups to discuss the Second Draft CZO.

Some of the key attributes of the Final Draft 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.


The Final Draft CZO can be viewed on the CPC’s website at

Beginning Monday, July 28, 2014, copies of the Final Draft CZO are available at the following New Orleans Public Libraries:

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

The CPC has scheduled hearings on the Final Draft CZO for Tuesday, August 26, 2014 and Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Once CPC approves a recommendation on the Final Draft CZO, it will go to the New Orleans City Council for review. 


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