Committee For A Better New Orleans: Upcoming Final Public Hearing and Final City Council Vote On The Remaining Master Plan Amendments, January 25th

Below provides information on the final public hearing and final City Council vote on the remaining Master Plan amendments.  The remaining amendments are the ones that are the most controversial, and community input is essential.  This is particularly true in regards to the amendment that would restrict the Master Plan’s “force of law” ONLY to Chapter 14, the land use plan.  This is a major change from the original understanding, that the entire Master Plan had force of law.  I believe that it is amendment 14-22, but they have been repackaged and I do not know how it will show up on the agenda.  Given that this process has now dragged on for twenty months, and given that these meetings are now taking place on the School Board headquarters on the Westbank, I am deeply concerned that there will be minimal participation.  I encourage you to circulate this information just as widely as possible.  The Master Plan is our road map to the future of our city, and these decisions simply must be informed by the community voice.

Thanks so much,

Keith G.C. Twitchell, President
Committee for a Better New Orleans
(504) 430-2258

CBNO works to create equity and opportunity for all New Orleanians by developing community leaders, fostering civic engagement, and advocating for open, effective, accountable government. Our vision is a New Orleans where everyone has a voice and every voice is heard.


January 8, 2018
City Council to Accept Public Comment on Master Plan Amendments on Thursday, January 25
Adoption of the Master Plan amendment package is likely to occur on February 8
NEW ORLEANS – The City Council will not accept public comment on amendments to the Master Plan at its Jan. 11 regular meeting as originally communicated. Public comment will be pushed to the regular meeting on Jan. 25, with final adoption of the amendment package to the Master Plan expected to occur on Feb. 8.

Both meetings will be held at the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) main offices, located at 3520 General DeGaulle Drive, while the New Orleans City Council Chamber undergoes renovations.

From the downtown area, the public may utilize the below RTA routes and schedules to arrive at the OSPB facility:
  1. Bus 114 – Gen. DeGaulle Sullen: Leaves Elks Place at 9:05 a.m., arrival at approximately 9:20 a.m.; OR leaves Elks Place at 9:50 a.m., arrival at approximately 10:05 a.m.; OR leaves Elks Place at 10:40 a.m., arrival at approximately 10:55 a.m.
  2. Bus 115 – Gen. DeGaulle Tullis:  Leaves Elks Place at 9:25 a.m., arrival at approximately 9:40 a.m.; OR leaves Elks Place at 10:10 a.m., arrival at approximately 10:25 a.m.; OR leaves Elks Place at 11 a.m., arrival at approximately 11:15 a.m.
During the renovations, the Council Chamber will be inaccessible until re-opening at the end March. The renovations will entail significant enhancements including:
  • New L.E.D. down-lighting and broadcast lighting to replace the existing dim lighting and outdated theatrical style lighting
  • Selected electrical, communications and audio-system upgrades
  • Repaint ceiling and walls
  • Replace carpet
  • Refinish existing wood flooring and wood room divider
  • New ADA compliant auditorium seating
  • New sound attenuating curtain
  • New ADA compliant lectern
Continue to check regularly for additional information and updates as they develop.


David Gavlinski
Interim Chief of Staff
New Orleans City Council

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