Neighborhood Participation Program: Deadline for Comments Extended to February 15
Email your comments to the executive director of the City Planning Commission at CPCinfo@nola.gov about the Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP).
In order to ensure that neighborhood residents routinely and consistently have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on development projects which might affect them, the New Orleans Master plan states that the City shall create an effective Neighborhood Participation Program. That goal has yet to be achieved. City Planning is now is conducting a study considering modifications to the NPP to further enhance early notification and the dissemination of information related to development projects.
Here are some points to make in your comments:
--The time and place of meetings must be optimal for neighbors to attend.
--Neighbors should receive notification at least five working days prior to a meeting.
--Meetings should include a presentation and public comment/question period that enables all to hear and participate.
--An independent recorder—ideally a City Planning staff member—must monitor the meeting and write a report.
--Reports should include all questions and comments. Issues should not be simply identified as “were addressed” in the report. How issues were addressed should be included.
--Enable the meeting to include discussion of the entire project and its impacts – as well as any variances. It is not acceptable to dismiss some questions as being “too early in the project” to answer. As much information as possible should be disclosed and discussed with the neighborhood.
--The meeting report should be sent to all who attended the meeting.
--Complete and accurate sign-in sheets should be part of the record.
--If questions can’t be answered or if significant changes occur in the project, another NPP meeting should be required.
--The meeting should be held in a location that is reasonably comfortable, safe, and conducive to discussion
Email your comments to the executive director of the City Planning Commission at CPCinfo@nola.gov about the Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP). Deadline: February 15, 5:00 pm.
The staff report for the NPP Study will be made available to the public February 16. The City Planning Commission will consider the study at its February 23 meeting.