The New Orleans City Planning Commission is leading a series of public meetings to discuss the first draft of the text and maps for the rewrite of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) as well as proposed amendments to the city's master plan, The Plan for the 21st Century: New Orleans 2030. These meetings will be held in various locations across the city and GNOFHAC encourages you to sign our petition which will be hand delivered to one of these meetings.
GNOFHAC has been working to prepare for this opportunity for months. In April 2011, GNOFHAC and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) released a handbook entitled "Strategies to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing: Proposals for the City of New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and Beyond" to address impediments to fair housing in New Orleans. Copies of the handbook have been shared with the City Planning Commission (CPC). GNOFHAC hopes the City will adopt the suggestions laid out in the handbook in the development of the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in order to ensure a more integrated and livable New Orleans.
In particular, the handbook recommends the adoption of two strategies to overcome identified impediments to fair housing in New Orleans:
* Inclusionary zoning would incentivize or require developers to provide a percentage of affordable housing units in certain new developments.This policy, a nationally recognized best practice used in hundreds of cities throughout the country, would avoid project-by-project political backlash against affordable housing and ensure mixed-income development and more integrated communities, making New Orleans a more competitive, livable place.
* A reasonable accommodations policy would provide a written procedure for developers of housing for people with disabilities to follow when requesting reasonable accommodations in zoning and land use decisions, as well as guidelines for the City Planning Commission to follow.
In addition to promoting integration and healthier communities, adopting these strategies would help the city fulfill its duty to affirmatively further fair housing, as required with federal funds such as Community Development Block Grants.
Please attend one of the public meeting dates to discuss the Draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. At each meeting, a presentation will be made 30 minutes after doors open. You will be able to view draft zoning text and maps, meet with city planners, and submit written comments. The draft zoning text and maps are available on the project website: www.nolamasterplan.org as well as the City Planning Commission website at cpc.nola.gov. If you have questions about the process, please call City Planning at 504-658-7033. If you have questions about the report GNOFHAC released in April, please email email@example.com.
This petition will be hand delivered to a CZO meeting next week.
Hope To See You there!