Current Issues

CPC Short-Term Rental CZO Amendment Vote June 14

Short-Term Rental hearing scheduled for Thursday, June 14 at City Council chambers.

 

Louisiana Landmarks Society opposes the recent re-insertion of non-owner occupied whole house rentals included in the recommended categories of short-term rentals as we feel it is counterproductive to the city’s goals to create affordable living in the city’s core, and creates de facto hotels in historic neighborhoods.

 

At the request of the City Council, the City Planning Commission staff completed a Short-Term Rental Study.  The Commission forwarded the study to the City Council after voting to remove Principal Residential (non-owner occupied whole-house rentals) from the list of proposed short-term rental categories. Subsequently, the City Council voted on May 5 to direct the CPC to revise the Study, returning Principal Residential to the recommendations. Beyond the concern for whole house short term rentals, the Study does little to address enforcement, which is integral to protecting neighborhoods from a proliferation of de facto hotels. City Council is now drafting legislation based in part on that study’s recommendations.  The Landrieu administration has also weighed in, in support of Principal Residential rentals, and has outlined an aggressive time frame for passage of an ordinance. 

 

  • May 5 – Council motion directed the CPC staff to come up with a recommended amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to allow a wide variety of STRs, including Principle Residential (whole house) rentals.
  • June 14 – CPC votes on the recommended CZO amendment
  • June 23 – the vote of the CPC goes to the City Council to be received (but not voted on)
  • July 14- August 11 – zoning docket is on Council agenda, although Council can vote on the matter on July 14, July 28, or August 11. 
  • July 28 – November 3 – Council introduces “companion” ordinance that would amend the CZO
  • August 25 – December 5 – Council adopts the ordinance, which would go into effect on January 1, 2017

 

On Tuesday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m., the City Planning Commission will propose a CZO amendment to allow all categories of short-term rentals. If you are able, please attend the 1:30 p.m. June 14 CPC meeting in City Council Chambers to voice your opinion. We will keep you informed of developments and future opportunities to share your concerns.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about short-term rentals, please CLICK HERE. You can also “like” and “follow” the Short-Term Rental Committee on Facebook.

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City Planning Commission Accepting Applications for Amendments to the Master Plan through July 29

 Last fall, the City Planning Commission announced it would begin accepting applications in 2016 to amend the Master Plan. The amendments are needed to update and the prioritize the City’s capital improvement needs, transportation facilities, environmental regulations, housing and land use policies, and other aspects of municipal functions. The Master Plan is a “City Charter-mandated planning framework for the core systems that shape New Orleans’ physical, social, environmental, and economic future.” Our City Charter requires a review of the Master Plan a minimum of once every five years, or in response to a disaster or other “declared emergency.”

 

The following schedule is set for the 2016-2017 Master Plan amendments:

  • Organization/Outreach (1/1/16 – 4/24/16)
  • Open Application Period (4/25/16 – 7/29/16)
  • Charter-mandated review and approval process (8/1/16 – 7/15/17)

 

On March 3, 2016, the City Council approved an Ordinance (No. 026879) establishing fees for processing and reviewing certain Master Plan amendments. For any requested changes to the Future Land Use Maps (FLUM), applications must be submitted with the required fees: $1,000 for properties between zero and 4,999 square feet, $2,000 for properties between 5,000 and 24,999 square feet of lot area, $3,000 for properties between 25,000 and 74,999 square feet, and $4,000 for those properties higher than 75,000 square feet of lot area. Likewise, there is a $1,500 for each application for Master Plan text changes Volume II, Chapter 14, the Land Use Plan.

 

For more information and a link to download an application please visit the City Planning Commission website: visit www.nola.gov/city-planning/mpamendments.

To review the Master Plan, visit www.nola/gov/city-planning/master-plan

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