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Possible Zoning Change and Limiting of Public Information by CPC (City Planning Commision)

Dear Neighbors,

It was brought to our area’s attention that the City Council voted to ask the City Planning Commission to “Study” the possibility of allowing “Accessory Dwelling Units” (ADU) on all properties in New Orleans. That Councilperson that introduced this ordinance is no longer on the City Council. The preliminary report which was released two weeks ago by the CPC are in favor of allowing this to move forward. The Mayor is behind this but the City Council has final say. Today the Council is on the fence. Hence, now there is urgency for all of us to get involved.

There is a CPC meeting (see below) on this subject on April 5th, Tuesday, 1:30pm, City Council Chambers. The docket number is #4 Zoning docket 12/22. The LTPOA is against this change.

This proposal is in direct conflict with the “Master Plan” that the voters adopted in April of 2008, the New Orleans City Council took a vote of unanimously in favor, an ordinance to amend the City's Charter, to mandate a Master Plan with the Force of Law.

This proposal is not what any civic association would like to adopt, and it appears it would be disruptive, turning zoning into a “A free for all” in all zoning manners. These very neighborhoods we tried so hard to protect for our city’s residents is at peril. There are alternatives to address affordable housing needs but to throw your hands up and say anything goes is not in the best interest of anyone. We would like to talk but there is no seat at the table.

We have found out that many are not familiar with this subject, so I urge you to read the attached. I have spoken to real estate agents, insurance brokers, bankers, and many other professionals that all say the same. This is not good for our city. Unscrupulous developers will use this as a quick way to make a profit, along with short term rentals. Who do you expect to enforce zoning laws?


The other issue on the docket is about the CPC is trying to limit the amount of information that neighborhoods receive about zoning changes, text amendments, and the ways information is put out to the public. #6 Zoning Docket 17/22 is about the Neighborhood Participation Program. The LTPOA is in support of this issue.

We have very little time I ask that you contact your neighbors and voice your concern via email to your elected (City Councilpersons) officials. Council will have the final say. Please write to our council and let them know how you feel about these two items on the docket. We need you all to write in to the council and the CPC. We also need people to attend the meeting in person. There is power in numbers. Please cc me with your letters so that I will have record of your opposition to ZD 12/22 and your letters of support to ZD 17/22.

Email everyone before it is too late.


Thank you,

Ashley Haspel

President-LTPOA


Email the following

Mayor LaToya Cantrell, mayor@nola.gov

Helena Moreno, helena.moreno@nola.gov

CM Jean Paul Morrell, jp.morrell@nola.gov

CM Joseph Giarrusso, joseph.giarrusso@nola.gov

CM Leslie Harris, leslie.harris@nola.gov

CM Freddie King, Freddie.king@nola.gov

CM Eugene Green, eugene.green@nola.gov

CM Oliver Thomas, oliver.thomas@nola.gov

City Planning Commission still taking letters of Opposition, cpcinfo@nola.gov


Composition of City Planning Commission

The Mayor appoints nine members with the approval of the City Council.

Current Composition:​

Appointing Authority

First Name

Last Name

Term Expires

Mayor with Council Approval

Dianne T.

Alexander

6/30/2030

Mayor with Council Approval

Robert

Steeg

6/30/2029

Mayor with Council Approval

Sue

Mobley

6/30/2023

Mayor with Council Approval

Kyle

Wedberg

6/30/2022

Mayor with Council Approval

Katie

Witry

6/30/2027

Mayor with Council Approval

Kathleen

Lunn

6/30/2026

Mayor with Council Approval

Kelly

Brown

6/30/2024

Mayor with Council Approval

Jonathan

Stewart

6/30/26

Mayor with Council Approval

Lorey

Flick

6/30/2028

#4 Zoning Docket 012/22 Applicant(s): City Council Motion No. M-21-435 Request: Amendment to the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to create a definition and/or use standards for an "accessory dwelling unit" and to consider modifying the definition and/or use standards for an "accessory structure" to increase housing opportunities citywide and to provide for the new construction of accessory dwelling units and/or the conversion of existing accessory structures to long term residential uses, to consider the addition of such to use tables in appropriate districts, to establish site design standards, and to make recommendations for any other amendments deemed necessary.

Links about this issue:

Lakefront Presidents Letter Against ZD 12/22

Presidents Letter about ADU
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#6 Zoning Docket 017/22

Applicant(s): City Council Motion Nos. M-21-478, M-21-0479, M-21-480, M-21-481, M-21-482, M-21-483, and M-21-484

Request: Amendment to the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to amend:

· Article 4, Section 4.3.D.2 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any amendment to an approved conditional use (Motion No. M-21-478)

· Article 15, Section 15.5 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any Institutional Master Plan (IMP) within an EC Educational Campus District and MC Medical Campus District (Motion No. M-21-479)

· Article 15, Section 15.5 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any amendments to an Institutional Master Plan (IMP) within an EC Educational Campus District and MC Medical Campus District (Motion No. M-21-480)

· Article 19, Section 19.3.C to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for the establishment of any interim zoning district (Motion No. M-21-481)

· Article 18, Section 18.1 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for the establishment of any overlay zoning district (Motion No. M-21-482)

· Article 3, Section 3.2 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any major subdivision (a subdivision creating more than 5 lots and/or a street) (Motion No. M-21-483)

· Article 4, Section 4.2.D.2 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any zoning text amendment (Motion No. M-21-484)


Links about this issue:


Public Hearing Notice and Meeting Agenda

City Planning Commission

Tuesday April 5, 2022 1:30 PM

City Council Chamber 1300 Perdido Street, Room 1E07, New Orleans, LA 70112


The City Planning Commission, in accordance with the provisions of Article 4 of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Ordinance No. 4,264 M.C.S., as amended, and its Administrative Rules, Policies, and Procedures will hold a special public hearing on April 5, 2022 at 1:30 pm to make up for the March 22 meeting that was postponed due to extreme weather. The public hearing will consider the following proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of the City of New Orleans, the disposition and acquisition of City property, and subdivision applications.

NOTE: TO BE INCLUDED WITH THE PRELIMINARY STAFF REPORT POSTED ON THE CPC WEBSITE, WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE DUE AT 5PM TODAY. AT THE APRIL 5 MEETING, THE STAFF WILL WILL REQUEST THE CPC SUSPEND THE RULES TO ACCEPT WRITTEN COMMENTS RECEIVED AFTER 5PM TODAY TO BE READ INTO THE RECORD DURING THE PUBLIC HEARING. ADDITIONALLY, THE CPC STAFF WILL REQUEST THE CPC SUSPEND THE RULES TO ACCEPT ONLINE COMMENTS DURING THIS MEETING.

Minutes

  1. Adoption of the minutes of the March 8, 2022 meeting

Business Recommended for Action

  1. Zoning Docket 015/22

Applicant(s): Frenchmen Decatur, LLC

Request: Conditional use to permit a hotel over 10,000 square feet in floor area in an HMC-2 Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Commercial District

Overlay zoning district(s): AC-1 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District

Property description: Square 5, Lots A, E, and F, or Lot D and an undesignated lot, in the Third Municipal District, bounded by Decatur Street, Frenchmen Street, Chartres Street, and Esplanade Avenue

Municipal address(es): 1407-1411 Decatur Street and 500-504 Frenchmen Street

  1. Zoning Docket 011/22

Applicant(s): City Council Motion No. M-21-366

Request: Amendment to the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to provide that within the boundaries of Louis Armstrong Park, any permitted conditional use otherwise allowed in the OS-R Regional Open Space District, as provided in Article 7, must be determined to be ancillary to the Park's past and present uses to be allowable. The City Planning Commission is authorized to consider text changes to Article 7, amending Article 18 to create a new overlay zoning district, and/or through a map amendment that would rezone all or a portion of Armstrong Park, namely the boundaries of Congo Square to an OS-N Neighborhood Open Space District.

  1. Zoning Docket 012/22

Applicant(s): City Council Motion No. M-21-435

Request: Amendment to the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to create a definition and/or use standards for an "accessory dwelling unit" and to consider modifying the definition and/or use standards for an "accessory structure" to increase housing opportunities citywide and to provide for the new construction of accessory dwelling units and/or the conversion of existing accessory structures to long term residential uses, to consider the addition of such to use tables in appropriate districts, to establish site design standards, and to make recommendations for any other amendments deemed necessary.

  1. Zoning Docket 016/22

Applicant(s): City Council Motion No. M-21-475

Request: Amendment to the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to make several minor amendments to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance as described in “Attachment A – Omnibus Minor CZO Amendment Proposal” as attached to City Council Motion No. M-21-475. Attachment A can be viewed on the City Planning Commission’s website at www.nola.gov/cpc

  1. Zoning Docket 017/22

Applicant(s): City Council Motion Nos. M-21-478, M-21-0479, M-21-480, M-21-481, M-21-482, M-21-483, and M-21-484

Request: Amendment to the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to amend:

· Article 4, Section 4.3.D.2 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any amendment to an approved conditional use (Motion No. M-21-478)

· Article 15, Section 15.5 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any Institutional Master Plan (IMP) within an EC Educational Campus District and MC Medical Campus District (Motion No. M-21-479)

· Article 15, Section 15.5 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any amendments to an Institutional Master Plan (IMP) within an EC Educational Campus District and MC Medical Campus District (Motion No. M-21-480)

· Article 19, Section 19.3.C to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for the establishment of any interim zoning district (Motion No. M-21-481)

· Article 18, Section 18.1 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for the establishment of any overlay zoning district (Motion No. M-21-482)

· Article 3, Section 3.2 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any major subdivision (a subdivision creating more than 5 lots and/or a street) (Motion No. M-21-483)

· Article 4, Section 4.2.D.2 to require a Project Neighborhood Participation Program (project NPP) for any zoning text amendment (Motion No. M-21-484)

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