CALL TO ACTION: Support Established Multi-Family CZO Text Amendment

On Tuesday, November 10, at 1:30 PM, the New Orleans City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Zoning Docket 083-20This zoning docket requests a text amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to clarify and amend the definitions and uses of “Dwelling, Established Multi-Family” and “Dwelling, Established Two-Family.” 

Due to both resistance from the City Council and backlash from the community, this text amendment has already been stalled several times over fears of new large-scale, privately-owned, multi-family developments turning into short-term rentals for university students near Tulane and Loyola, thus raising the overall housing costs for residents of the neighborhood.  

Despite this valid concern, this text amendment’s main priority is to restore existing fourplexes owned by small-scale landlords so all of their vacant units may be properly utilized. Moreover, the lack of community support for this text amendment hinders the development and expansion of naturally occurring affordable housing opportunities for vulnerable populations throughout New Orleans, not just near universities. 

We are calling on New Orleans residents to #PutHousingFirst by submitting public comments in support of Zoning Docket 083-20. 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, at 1:30 PM 

WHERE: CPC Public Comment Form 

SAMPLE COMMENT: “As a fellow New Orleans resident, we ask the City Planning Commission to support this zoning docket. As you know, we are in the midst of an affordable housing crisis that was present before and then exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Once again, we encourage you to explore affordable housing opportunities by moving to establish and expand fourplexes in New Orleans. Multifamily housing is essential to undoing the racist foundation our current housing system is built on. We applaud this effort and urge all public officials to #PutHousingFirst by seeking ways to create and sustain affordable housing, especially for our vulnerable populations and essential workers who keep us safe and make this city what it is.” 

Live stream of the CPC Hearing can be watched here

More information from Enterprise pertaining to “Understanding the Small and Medium Multifamily Housing Stock” can be found here.  

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