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Oct 13, 2009

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Planning Issues

Master plan meeting delay being sought

Document has not been completed yet

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
From staff reports
The Times-Picayune

A government watchdog group on Monday called on the City Planning Commission to postpone public meetings on New Orleans’ master plan, including two this week, until the entire document is available for review.

The Bureau of Governmental Research said the commission has no business holding public hearings until revisions to the plan’s chapters on citizen participation, implementation and an appendix are complete.

“The public meetings should not take place until at least a week after the draft plan is released in its entirety,” according to a news release issued by BGR President Janet Howard.
A message left at the planning commission’s office was not returned Monday.

The master plan is intended to guide the city’s development for the next 20 years. Voters in 2008 narrowly agreed to amend the City Charter to give the plan the force of law, meaning that all zoning and land-use decisions will have to conform to the plan.

The charter amendment also required the city to create “a system for organized and effective neighborhood participation” in land-use decisions and other issues that affect residents’ quality of life.

In its statement, BGR called the delayed release of the citizen participation chapter “painfully ironic.”

“Citizens should have ample opportunity to comment on this chapter, since it could significantly alter the way they interact with government,” it says.

Public hearings on the plan are scheduled for today and Friday, with a final hearing set for Oct. 27. The panel is expected to vote on the plan at its Nov. 10 meeting and send it to the City Council, which by law will have 90 days to act on it.

This week’s hearings will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the City Council chamber at City Hall and will end by 9 p.m. Speakers will be limited to four minutes but may submit written comments to the commission until Oct. 28.

Oct 13, 2009

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, Planning Issues

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