What Is The NPP?

 

The Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) was adopted as an amendment to the New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) in August 2013.  Very simply, it requires applicants seeking an action by the City Planning Commission or Board of Zoning Adjustments to engage nearby residents and the neighborhood association(s) within whose boundaries the property is located before the formal application process can begin.

 

Specifically, the NPP requires the following:

  • A meeting with nearby residents and the neighborhood association(s) must be scheduled and conducted.

  • Residents within a defined radius of the property and that property's City Council member must be notified by mail at least 14 days (but no more than 30 days) prior to the meeting.  The letter must contain information about the proposed project or action being requested.

  • The neighborhood association(s) where the property is located must also be notified by email of the meeting, within the same time frame and including the same verbiage as the letter sent to residents.

  • The meeting must be conducted in adherence with certain standards.

  • Comments and questions from residents at the meeting must be compiled and submitted to the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Adjustments staff.  The sign-in sheet(s) indicating who attended the meeting must also be submitted.

  • Additional comments received via other methods (emails, letters, telephone calls, etc.) must also be compiled and submitted.

  • A report on the NPP meeting must be prepared and submitted.  The report must include all comments and questions from the meeting attendees, and may also include the applicant’s responses to those questions/comments.   Until this report has been received and approved by CPC, the formal application process cannot be launched.

 

Applicants can, in the text of their report, respond to comments received during the NPP process.  CPC does not require any particular level of support from neighbors in order to move the formal application process forward, nor does it require the applicant to address any comments, complaints, concerns, etc.  However, opposition expressed early in the overall process is not likely to disappear.  Many applicants find that the NPP process offers an opportunity to address concerns, have a stronger relationship with neighbors, and in many cases, turn opposition into support.

 

More information can be found at:   https://www.nola.gov/city-planning/neighborhood-participation-program