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Aug 3, 2011

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Planning Issues

A new set of zoning rules for New Orleans: An editorial

Wednesday, August 03, 2011
By Editorial page staff
The Times-Picayune

New Orleans’ zoning laws have long been a mess. The Bureau of Governmental Research said in 2003 that the 40-year-old document was “incoherent, overamended, outdated and vague” and virtually impossible for the average citizen to figure out.

But with a master plan in place for the city’s long-term development, officials are crafting a new comprehensive zoning ordinance to fill in the details of what can be allowed street by street and block by block.

A draft of the new zoning ordinance is ready for the public’s review.

The draft ordinance and maps of all 13 city planning districts are available at nolamasterplan.org.

The material is voluminous, so it may take residents some time to work through all of it. There are more than two dozen categories in the ordinance — from administration to neighborhood designations to rules for landscaping and signs. There are numerous designations to figure out, as well. The so-called historic urban neighborhoods developed in the mid- to late-19th century have different rules, for instance, than the suburban neighborhoods that sprouted in the latter half of the 20th century.

There will be public meetings and hearings before the zoning ordinance can become law. But it is important for residents to understand what is being proposed.

This plan, when it is done, will guide what can be built in New Orleans for years to come. The city needs to get it right.

Aug 3, 2011

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Planning Issues

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