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It’s the Law: Land Use Decision Making and the Master Plan

Oct 28, 2015

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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.

A Trojan Horse in the Draft CZO

Oct 13, 2014

A Trojan Horse in the Draft CZO

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.

An Achilles’ Heel in the Draft CZO?

Sep 2, 2014

Clarifying Proposed Zoning Ordinance for New Orleans

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.

Comment Letter on Neighborhood Participation Proposal

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.

Clarifying the Draft Zoning Ordinance

Nov 3, 2011

Clarifying Proposed Zoning Ordinance for New Orleans

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.

Addressing Infrastructure Needs in New Orleans

Aug 11, 2010

Infrastructure Needs

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.

A Need for Clarity: The Revised Master Plan

Apr 7, 2010

A Need for Clarity

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.

Neighborhood Participation and the Master Plan

Oct 27, 2009

Connecting Neighborhoods

In this report, BGR examines the New Orleans draft master plan’s proposal for citizen participation.

In Search of the Master Plan

Oct 14, 2009

In Search of the Master Plan

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.

Master Plan Not Ready for Public Hearing

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.

Legislation Would Override Planning Provisions in N.O. Charter

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.

On the Ballot: November 2008

Oct 14, 2008

On the Ballot: Jefferson, Orleans and State Propositions, November 2008 (10/14/08) provides analysis of local propositions as well as amendments to the state constitution appearing on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Jumping the Gun on Recovery Plans

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.

UNOP Revisited: An Analysis of the Revised Citywide Plan

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.

Not Ready for Prime Time: The Citywide Plan

Mar 5, 2007

BGR provides an analysis of the nearly 600-page draft Citywide Plan, the centerpiece of the Unified New Orleans Plan process.

Planning for a New Era

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.

Wanted: A Realistic Development Strategy

Dec 22, 2005

Part of a web-based series of reports BGR began publishing following the 2005 disaster.

BGR Calls for Clarity and Increased Participation in City Planning Effort

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.

Slip-Sliding Away?

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.

Runaway Discretion: Land Use Decision Making in New Orleans

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.

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