Dear Friends and Residents of District “A,”
MONTICELLO CANAL IMPROVEMENTS
I hope you have all heard this great news. In a joint request with Jefferson Parish, the City has secured $1.8 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding which will be leveraged to assist in widening the drainage culverts in the Monticello Canal to mitigate widespread neighborhood flooding in Carrollton and Uptown New Orleans. The Monticello Canal divides the Hollygrove neighborhood in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. This drainage project has been a topic of discussion between New Orleans and Jefferson Parish officials for more than 15 years.
After I identified this as a top priority for District “A” last year, the new administrations of President John Young and Mayor Mitch Landrieu took this on as their first cooperative regional project. I am very pleased that we can now expect to see this project move forward.
CARROLLTON-HOLLYGROVE MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
I recently addressed the AARP 21st Century Wellness Center Thought Leaders meeting held here in New Orleans. I had the opportunity to discuss plans for the Carrollton-Hollygrove Multipurpose Center with AARP’s national board members. The Carrollton-Hollygrove Multipurpose Center is being considered by AARP as a 21st Century
MASTER PLAN AMENDMENT APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS
The City Planning Commission (CPC) has announced the opening of a Master Plan amendment application period. According to the City Charter “at least once every five years, but not more often than once per calendar year… the Commission shall review the Master Plan and shall determine, after one or more public hearings, whether the plan requires amendment or comprehensive revision.” This year’s application period will run through August 5, 2011. The Master Plan can be reviewed and downloaded from the CPC website or the Master Plan website: http://nolamasterplan.org/
Please review the following information pertaining to the amendment
1. What are the different types of amendment requests?
Proposed amendments may include changes to policies, the Future Land Use Map (FLUM),
appendices or other components of the Plan.
2. Who may propose an amendment?
Anyone may propose an amendment to the Master Plan’s text. However, changes to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) must be submitted by the owner of the property for which the change is requested. More sizable areas for possible amendment may be requested by a City Councilmember. An application form can be obtained from the City Planning Commission at 1340 Poydras Street, 9th Floor NOLA 70112, or can be downloaded here.
3. When must a proposd amendment be submitted to the City?
According to the City Charter, the City Planning Commission may consider plan amendments once every year. As part of the first annual review, Master Plan
amendments will be accepted June through August 5, 2011.
4. How is an amendment submitted?
A proposed amendment is submitted in writing to the City Planning
Commission. A pre-application conference is required prior to submitting an
amendment request to confirm that the request is germane to the Master Plan.
5. What is the cost for filing an amendment?
In 2011, the first year of accepting applications, the City Planning Commission
will not charge a fee for amendment requests or submissions.
6. What will happen once the amendment is proposed?
Once the amendment application packet is submitted for review, the City Planning
Commission will schedule a public meeting and publish a notice in a local newspaper
of general circulation at least fifteen days in advance of the meeting. For public
benefit and convenience, these meetings may be combined with meetings to revise
the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. In addition to the public meetings, the City
Planning Commission will hold a formal public hearing. A staff report evaluating
the requests according to criteria noted in the application will be available to
aid the discussion. The Planning Commission’s recommendation will be forwarded
to the City Council for final disposition.
MAYOR LANDRIEU’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO HOST BUSINESS
The City’s Office of Economic Development has been hosting a series of
public Business Information Sessions featuring information, resources and
opportunities helpful for business owners and entrepreneurs. The next meeting dates are:
District “B” Thursday, July 14, 2011
Rhodes Pavilion, 3933 Washington Ave.
District “A” Thursday, July 28, 2011
JOB1, 3400 Tulane Ave.
Several City departments and external partners are participating including the NOLA Business Alliance, the Office of Supplier Diversity, the Office of Cultural Economy,
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, the Small Business Administration,
JOB1 Business and Career Solutions, the New Orleans Fresh Food Retailer Initiative,
and the World Trade Center.
Residents or businesses seeking additional information should contact Margaret Frazier, Office of Economic Development at 504-658-4237 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION ADDS QUALITY OF LIFE OFFICER
The City Department of Sanitation has been assigned a New Orleans
Police officer for quality of life sanitation issues. Officer Terrance Johnson can
be reached at (504) 658-3800, or by email at: email@example.com
Officer Johnson is the person to contact for issues such as trash
cans that are left at the curb for days at a time.
Susan G. Guidry