04 August 2006

Bureau of Governmental Research--"Planning for a New Era: Proposed Charter Changes for Land Use Decision Making in New Orleans"

From an email I received this morning:

Today the Bureau of Governmental Research issued "Planning for a New Era: Proposed Charter Changes for Land Use Decision Making in New Orleans."

And about this report:

The alternative to the ad hoc, dysfunctional land use planning process that we have suffered under for decades has arrived. Now the task is to get the City Council to approve this Amendment to the City Charter and to submit this Amendment to the citizens of New Orleans for a vote. If you believe in the preservation of the unique character of this city, if you support economic development that compliments the special nature of New Orleans, if you believe that every citizen should have the right to define the neighborhood in which he, or she, lives and works, you will support this Charter Amendment and encourage its adoption. Contact the members of the City Council, support the adoption of this Amendment to the City Charter, and give New Orleans a Master Plan for the redevelopment of the city that both the public as well as the private sector will be required to follow.

The report, containing the proposed amendment to the city charter, can be read here.


TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, BGR, Master Plan, Urban Planning

6 Comments:

At August 04, 2006 3:15 PM, Anonymous GentillyGirl said...

I do not trust the BGR, especially since we do not have a "Master Plan". (The BGR is questionable as a public representative... I can dig the dirt to prove it.)

I also do not agree with City Council members overriding any accepted and legal plan: that leads to cronyism.

The removal of the City Council's ablility to change things just for a buddy must be stopped, and I do agree that there should be representation from the City's Neighborhood Associations.


I just cannot trust the spirit in which the BGR is presenting this.

 
At August 04, 2006 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dig baby dig

 
At August 05, 2006 12:33 PM, Blogger Loki said...

dig it up and let me know. I will happily put it up on HumidCity. The only thing that exceeds my fury at the situation is my distrust of the processes that we are offered.

 
At August 05, 2006 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.bgr.org/Commission_letter_PDF.pdf

take look at this to see deja vu all over again

 
At August 05, 2006 1:23 PM, Blogger mominem said...

I can't say I like this idea much. Any appointed committee can and will be co-opted.

I like the idea of civil servants with no accountability doing it even less.

At some point the people's elected representatives must be held accountable. At least now the deed is done in public and on TV.

This is simply another symptom a a severely dysfunctional city.

 
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