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City 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.  

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 third Monday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at 10:00 am in the City Council Chambers.

City Planning
Announcements

June 18, 2024

BZA Fees Updated

Ordinance 29940 MCS amends the City Code to update Board of Zoning Adjustments fees, effective June 14, 2024.

June 7, 2024

Subdivision Regulations Update committee meeting

The City Planning Commission's Zoning and Land Use Committee will discuss the draft Subdivision Regulations at its meeting on Tuesday June 11th, 2024 at 11:00 am in the conference room on the 7th floor of City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street.

May 14, 2024

Cancelled - May 15 committee meeting for Subdivision Regulations update

There will be no committee meeting on May 15 to consider the Subdivision Regulations update.

April 30, 2024

Policy Change: Variance Application Pre-Application Requirement

Effective May 10, 2024, at 5:01 pm*

Beginning May 10, 2024, at 5:01 pm, all prospective variance applicants must first file a building permit application with the Department of Safety and Permits and obtain a zoning review specifying needed variances prior to submitting a variance application to the Board of Zoning Adjustments.

*The start of the filing period for the Board of Zoning Adjustments' July 15, 2024 hearing

City Planning
Services

Programs & Initiatives
Neighborhood Participation Program

The purpose of the Neighborhood Participation Program for Land Use actions is to provide timely notification of any proposed land use action affecting a neighborhood and to provide the opportunity for meaningful neighborhood review of and comment on such proposals.

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Programs & Initiatives
Brownfields Program

The CPC Brownfield Program is tasked with supporting project redevelopment and environmental clean-up. Following the EPA guidelines for cleanup and reuse are essential to ensure the contamination does not affect the quality of life of residents. Brownfield funding help to bridge the financial gap when expensive contamination/assessment and clean-up are needed.

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Upcoming Meetings

City Planning Commission

July 23, 2024 1:30 PM
August 13, 2024 1:30 PM

Board of Zoning Adjustments

No upcoming meetings

Design Advisory Committee

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Planning Advisory Committee

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Latest News

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June 18, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

BZA Fees Updated

Ordinance 29940 MCS amends the City Code to update Board of Zoning Adjustments fees, effective June 14, 2024.

City of New Orleans fleur de lis logo

June 7, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

Subdivision Regulations Update committee meeting

The City Planning Commission's Zoning and Land Use Committee will discuss the draft Subdivision Regulations at its meeting on Tuesday June 11th, 2024 at 11:00 am in the conference room on the 7th floor of City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street.

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May 14, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

Cancelled - May 15 committee meeting for Subdivision Regulations update

There will be no committee meeting on May 15 to consider the Subdivision Regulations update.

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