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New Orleans Draft CZO: Exceptions to the rules

By Richard Rainey | The Times-Picayune

October 23, 2014

Pick your Homeric metaphor: The government watchdog Bureau of Governmental Research has used both “Achilles’ heel” and “a Trojan horse” to criticize Article 5 in the proposed zoning ordinance.

Despite the toggling literary references, BGR’s concern remains consistent. The group worries that there is too much wriggle room in that section, which allows city officials to grant exceptions to zoning rules if the alternative proposed offers “substantial benefit” to the city.

“It creates confusion and potentially opens the way for a return to the let’s-make-a-deal approach that has plagued land use decision making in years past,” states BGR’s latest position paper on the ordinance.

The group wants the whole section taken out.

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