Planning Commission Rejects Interim Zoning Proposal

June 12, 2012

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

NOLA City Planning Commission votes to recommend denial of IZD

The New Orleans City Planning Commission voted 7 to 1 with one recusal recommending denial of an Interim Zoning District (IZD) to regulate construction of large-scale projects at Tulane, Loyola, Xavier and possibly other New Orleans universities.

As part of the process, the IZD proposal moves forward to the New Orleans City Council for consideration.  The council voted on May 3 to direct the planning commission to study the feasibility of creating an IZD. Although the proposed IZD included 28 percent of the city of New Orleans, supporting council members indicated its purpose was to ensure public participation and review of plans for Tulane’s on-campus stadium.

In a preliminary report issued last Friday, the commission’s staff concluded that the proposed IZD would be inconsistent with the city’s Master Plan and that it would not be an effective mechanism to gather input or review.

“We are pleased with the Planning Commission’s vote and it is our hope that the full council will now recognize that the proposed IZD is not consistent with sound public policy or planning, and therefore, is not in the best interest of our city,” said Tulane University President Scott Cowen.

In remarks before the commission, Tulane University Executive Vice President Yvette Jones outlined the university’s communications processes, which began soon after the Tulane Board gave the official green light to the new on-campus stadium.

“Tulane has already held close to 20 outreach meetings and discussions in just the last six months and we intend to continue talking with our neighbors as we move forward with planning and building the stadium,” Jones stated. “The IZD is not necessary to ensure communications or for any other purpose.”

Tulane will hold two more community forums to gather additional feedback on June 18 and July 11, both of which will begin at 6 p.m. Due to the large attendance at the first forum, the remaining two events have been moved to the Audubon Tea Room.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000