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

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