Pasted below is a letter by Resident Lisa Suarez about the CZO:
The CZO Disenfranchises Our Neighborhoods
On Thursday, May 14 the New Orleans City Council will probably pass a
controversial Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. They will offer a few platitudes
about the need to protect our historic districts, our culture and way of life, while
balancing these aspects with unproven Economic Development.
The CZO is a repudiation of the Master Plan which more than 5,000 citizens
participated in creating. The Plan, which has the Force of Law, makes clear that
Historic Preservation is the economic engine that drives our robust tourism industry
and that participatory democracy is essential to our rebirth after the flood. The City
Council and the Mayor have signaled they are not interested in participatory
democracy by failing to act on and discounting that which citizens have
overwhelmingly disagreed with.