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What is NoticeMe?
NoticeMe is a personalized notification tool that emails citizens to inform them of opportunities for public input on proposed land-use changes.
It is difficult for the average citizens to keep up on all the public meeting agendas for properties in their neighborhood. Along with the increased outreach required by the Neighborhood Participation Program, NoticeMe offers a way for all interested parties to stay informed of proposed land use changes in a selected area. NoticeMe is not a part of the City’s legal public notice requirements, but supplements those other forms of notice. Once you have registered, you will receive notices when a public hearing is scheduled and when a report is ready. You will also be notified of the action of the City Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Adjustments.
How to submit comments
Submitting CPC and BZA comments
- You may submit written comments to the Executive Director in advance by:
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail at c/o CPC Executive Director, 1300 Perdido street, 7th floor, New Orleans, LA 70112.
- All written comments for the CPC must be received by close of business on the Monday that is eight days prior to the hearing date.
When submitting written comments, please refer to the docket number in the email subject line and/or letter. Explain in detail your concerns and why you are for or against a proposal. Your comments will be considered by the City Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments. You can also refer to the CPC website for more information.
Submitting a Safety and Permits decision appeal
The public has 45 days to file a Decision Appeal of the Director of Safety and Permits for Zoning Verifications and Non-Conforming Use Determiniations. Appeals will be noticed as Board of Zoning Adjustments cases.
Submitting comments to the City Council
After the City Planning Commission has sent its official recommendation to the City Council, interested parties should follow up with City Council offices. NoticeMe does not provide notice of Council agendas.
Appealing the issuance of a permit
If you wish to appeal a decision of the Department of Safety and Permits based on your belief that the Department erred in interpreting the CZO, you may do so by filing an application with the Board of Zoning Adjustments within 45 days of the decision being rendered. More information about these appeals, including the application form and instructions, can be found at OneStop.
HDLC and VCC Meetings
How does it work?
NoticeMe generates custom emails filtered by type and geography of issue.
Types of notifications
- City Planning Commission (CPC) notifications for Conditional Use requests, Zoning Changes, Text Amendments, and Major Subdivision
The City Planning Commission is charged with reviewing requests for master plan amendments, zoning map changes, conditional uses, and text amendments to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) and making recommendations to the City Council. The City Planning Commission is also responsible for acting on requests for the subdivision of land.
The Planning Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers (City Hall, 1E07). At the public hearing, the City Planning Commission hears proponents and opponents to the proposed changes. All interested parties are encouraged to attend and all relevant comments concerning the proposed changes are encouraged.
- Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) notifications for Variance and Decision Appeals
The Board of Zoning Adjustments hears and makes final decisions on requests for variances from the requirements of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and considers appeals of Decisions by the Director of Safety and Permits.
The Board of Zoning Adjustments meets the second Monday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at 10:00 am in the City Council Chambers.
- Safety & Permits notifications for verifications and Non-Conforming Use Determinations
- Neighborhood Participation Program notifications for pre-application land use action meetings
The Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) establishes early notification for residents, property owners, and neighborhood organizations to learn of land use applications that will go through a process for consideration by a public body. The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance requires an applicant to hold a neighborhood meeting prior to submitting an application requesting a land use action(s), including requests for zoning changes, conditional uses, planned developments, and variances.
- Permits Building, Renovation, Demolition, and Appropriateness Permits
Permits are issued by the Department of Safety and Permits to ensure that new construction, building renovations, amd demolitions are completed safely and appropriately. We'll send notices about new construction, renovations (structural), renovations (non-structural), and demolitions. We'll also send notices about issuances of HDLC Certificates of Appropriateness, and VCC General Work permits.
- HDLC and VCC Meetings Meetings of the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC) and Vieux Carré Commission (VCC)
Meetings of the HDLC and VCC are held to discuss the appropriateness of proposed exterior work in a local historic district (HDLC) or the Vieux Carré (VCC). Please note: items may be withdrawn from agendas at any time prior to the scheduled meeting.
Geography of notifications
You can choose to receive notifications from one or more specific areas. You can select from the following areas:
- Custom area defined by you
- Self-reported neighborhood association boundaries
- Council Districts
Glossary of commonly-used terms
- Text Amendment
- A Text Amendment is a change to zoning. You would ask for one when you wish to change a specific portion of the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) by adding text, removing text or modifying text.
- Zoning Change
- Apply for a zoning change amendment when the use you are proposing for a property is neither listed as a permitted or conditional use within the existing zoning designation for that property, but is listed within another zoning district which you would like applied to the subject property.
- Conditional Use
- Apply for a conditional use request when you would like to use a property in a manner classified as a conditional use within the zoning district for which the property is designated on the city’s zoning maps.
- Design Review
- A design review or site plan review is required when the exterior building or site improvements are proposed for any property within a designated review area as outlined in the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.
- The purpose of a variance is to afford an applicant relief from the requirements of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO), when hardship or practical difficulty exists. The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) authorizes variances that are in harmony with the general purpose of the CZO and in accordance with procedures set forth therein.
- Appeal of Administrative Decision of the Division of the Department of Safety and Permits
- Appeals of administrative decisions of the Director of the Department of Safety and Permits may be taken by any party aggrieved, or by any officer, department, commission, board, bureau or any other agency of the City of New Orleans affected by any decision of the Director of the Department of Safety and Permits concerning application or interpretation of the provision of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO).
- Major Subdivision
- A Major Subdivision involves the division or merging of more than five (5) individual lots of record, the moving of lot lines, or the creation or revocation of a public right of way or private street. A re-subdivision may be required prior to development or redevelopment of a parcel.
- Change of Non-Conforming Use
- Apply for a Change of Non-Conforming Use when you would like to use land or a building that does not conform to the use regulations of the underlying zoning district. For example an industrial use in a commercial zoning district, or a commercial use in a residential district.
- Zoning Verifications and Zoning Interpretation Memorandum Issued
- Zoning Verifications and Zoning Interpretation Memoranda are issued by the Department of Safety and Permits pursuant to the authority of Section 4-702 of the City’s Home Rule Charter. Any party aggrieved by an administrative determination of the Director of Safety and Permits may appeal that determination to the Board of Zoning Adjustments within 45-days of the decision being appealed. For additional information on Decision Appeals, please see Section 14.5 of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.