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In It’s the Law: Land Use Decision Making and the Master Plan, BGR provides clarity to recent public dialogue over the extent to which the Master Plan has the force of law.
In A Trojan Horse in the Draft CZO: Article 5 Puts Years of Planning at Risk, BGR describes the article on Planned Development Standards in the draft comprehensive zoning ordinance and the problems it poses.
In this letter to the City Planning Commission, BGR focuses on Article 5 of the draft comprehensive zoning ordinance, which would allow a wide array of exceptions to the zoning rules under vague circumstances in various neighborhoods across the city. BGR argues that, as written, Article 5 creates an Achilles’ heel in the draft CZO 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.
Jul 2, 2012
In a letter to the City Planning Commission, BGR examines the commission’s draft Neighborhood Participation Program for Land Use Actions. The letter calls for changes to enhance the integrity of the process.
Read the letter here.
In this letter to the City Planning Commission, BGR suggests ways to make New Orleans’ draft comprehensive zoning ordinance easier for the public to use and understand. BGR enclosed with the letter a copy of a map showing how zoning changes might be better illustrated.
In The Price of Civilization: Addressing Infrastructure Needs in New Orleans, BGR provides information on New Orleans’ core infrastructure needs and assesses the community’s capacity to fund those needs.
In A Need for Clarity: The Revised New Orleans 2030 Draft Plan (April 2010), BGR continues its work to improve the draft master plan. While the report recognizes limited improvements from the previous draft, it finds that the revised draft does not live up to its mission in key areas. The report provides specific recommendations for improving the document.
In this report, BGR examines the New Orleans draft master plan’s proposal for citizen participation.
BGR’s report, In Search of the Master Plan: Making the New Orleans 2030 Draft Plan Work, provides analysis and recommendations on the draft of the New Orleans master plan that is currently before the public.
Oct 12, 2009
In this release, BGR calls on the City Planning Commission to delay public hearings on the master plan until the missing portions — including chapters on citizen participation and plan implementation — have been released to the public.
Jun 9, 2009
This BGR release deals with proposed legislation that would require a referendum for approval of the city’s Master Plan. It focuses on three bills, all introduced by New Orleans legislators, that attempt to undermine a charter change approved by New Orleanians seven months ago.
Oct 14, 2008
Sep 5, 2007
This release (9/5/07) raises concerns about proposed budget approvals for the Office of Recovery Management’s plans in advance of a public vetting of those plans.
May 21, 2007
In UNOP Revisited: An Analysis of the Revised Citywide Plan, BGR follows up on its previous report on the Unified New Orleans Plan citywide product, focusing on the revised plan. It offers recommendations to the City Planning Commission for further revisions.
Mar 5, 2007
BGR provides an analysis of the nearly 600-page draft Citywide Plan, the centerpiece of the Unified New Orleans Plan process.
Aug 14, 2006
In this follow-up to its October 2003 report Runaway Discretion, BGR sets forth proposed charter amendments to reform planning and land use decision making in New Orleans.
Dec 22, 2005
Part of a web-based series of reports BGR began publishing following the 2005 disaster.
Nov 14, 2005
Part of a web-based series of reports BGR began publishing following the 2005 disaster. These documents offer detailed suggestions on how to enhance citizen participation in the Commission’s planning process.
Nov 25, 2003
Quality of life problems, traffic congestion, chaotic growth patterns, and environmental degradation are plaguing St. Tammany. Slip-Sliding Away? serves as a no-nonsense guidebook for a greener, cleaner, more people-friendly Parish.
Oct 8, 2003
This highly popular report reveals deep flaws in New Orleans’ land use decision making process, its approach to zoning, and its interaction with businesses and citizens. It suggests legal changes in the City’s approach to land use decisions, placing neighborhoods and citizens at the center of reform.