Call-To-Action: Support Workforce Housing and Master Plan Map Amendment Updates

The New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) will be holding a public hearing on Tuesday, September 13, at 1:30 PM to consider two important agenda items: 

  • Agenda Item #4 – Zoning Docket 64/22, a CZO text amendment to establish a “CCN Convention Center Neighborhood Overlay District” 
  • Agenda Item #18 – Master Plan Amendments Consideration of whether to open the Master Plan for amendments 

ZD 64/22 will facilitate the production of workforce housing and maximize affordable housing through the Smart Housing Mix. GNOHA and HousingNOLA see this project as a stepping stone to encourage the riverfront to be more in line with the area’s inclusionary zoning altogether. 

This upcoming Master Plan Amendment Consideration cycle will be the third round of updates since the creation of the Master Plan. GNOHA and HousingNOLA were key players in fixing density restrictions during the first round of amendment changes. This round of updates will only be FLUM map amendments, not text changes. This round of Master Plan updates presents an opportune moment to encourage the City Council to consider addressing restrictive zoning such as single-family and focusing on map changes that would diversify and increase the city’s general housing stock.  


We are calling on community members and affordable housing advocates to submit public comments in support for agenda items #4 and #18 at the in-person CPC Public Hearing tomorrow at 1:30 PM. 

WHAT: CPC Public Hearing 

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, at 1:30 PM 

WHERE: Council Chambers at 1300 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70112 

SAMPLE COMMENT FOR ZD 64/22 (AGENDA ITEM #4): 

  • I support ZD 64/22 as a means to combat luxuriously vacant housing and encourage more development on the riverfront that fully utilizes the area’s inclusionary zoning requirements through the Smart Housing Mix. This will maximize affordable housing opportunities for our workforce and culture bearers and keep people close to jobs, transit, and amenities. Vote ‘yes’ on ZD 64/22! 

SAMPLE COMMENT FOR MASTER PLAN AMENDMENT CONSIDERATION (AGENDA ITEM #18): 

  • The housing market is constantly evolving, and so should our Master Plan maps. New Orleans lacks a diversity of housing stock for renters, small families, and voucher holders. Amendment updates to the Master Plan can present creative solutions to this problem by opening new corridors to thoughtful in-fill development. Vote ‘yes’ to open Master Plan Amendment Updates! 

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