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Jun 9, 2009

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Planning Issues

BGR: Legislature should reject bills requiring second citizen approval of N.O. master plan

By The Times-Picayune
Tuesday June 09, 2009

The Bureau of Governmental Research is urging the Louisiana Legislature to reject three bills that would require voter approval of the city’s not-yet-written master plan before the plan could take effect.

The BGR wants the legislature to reject Senate Bill 75 and House Bills 305 and 698.The Senate bill, which deals specifically with New Orleans, is scheduled to be heard Wednesday by the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Ed Murray.

Orleans Parish voters narrowly approved a city charter amendment last fall that gives the master plan the force of law, meaning that all future land-use and zoning decisions and capital expenditures must conform to it.

The vote on the amendment was close, owing partly to a last-minute campaign to derail it. Opponents of the charter amendment said they were concerned that the plan would be used to revive a debate over shrinking the city’s footprint. Proponents said that was nonsense, and argued that the amendment would remove politics from the planning process.

The Senate bill up for debate Wednesday would require voter approval of any master plan with the force of law in Orleans Parish. House Bills 305 and 698, according to the BGR, would require such approval for any maste plan adopted by a parish or municipality.

“The three bills, all intruduced by New Orleans legislators, represents a backdoor attempt to undermine a charter change approved by New Orleanians only siven months ago. The bills are an affront to the principle of home rule,” the BGR said.

Jun 9, 2009

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Planning Issues

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