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Apr 7, 2010

Source: CityBusiness

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Planning Issues

BGR says N.O. master plan still falls short

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
By CityBusiness staff reports
CityBusiness

On the day the New Orleans City Council holds its final public meeting on the city’s master plan, a research group has come out with a report criticizing the plan’s latest draft, saying it “does not live up to its mission in key areas.”

While the nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research says the latest draft of the master plan has “limited improvements” over the previous draft, it says the draft still “falls short of the requirements for a good master plan.”

New Orleans-based BGR laments a lack of “significant guidance” on important issues, such as urban design.

Among other things, BGR says the draft plan:

• is lacking in the areas of housing and historic preservation. “Instead of providing concrete policy guidance in these areas, the plan calls for the creation of task forces to craft additional plans,” BGR’s report says.

• does not clearly indicate which areas of the city are expected to change and which are expected to stay the same under new land use categories.

• deals with a wide range of topics “that are not relevant to the physical development of the city,” such as recommendations for improving relationships between the community and police and hiring practices for firefighters.

The City Planning Commission has already approved the plan, which is now in the hands of the council, which has until May 26 to vote on it.

Apr 7, 2010

Source: CityBusiness

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Planning Issues

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