MANY THANKS to all of you who have taken the time to send emails to the City Council. Your emails have made a difference, and have demonstrated that, despite the developer's claims to the contrary, there is widespread opposition to this particular project.
If you haven't emailed yet, there is still time!
Sample text is below.
And feel free to forward this email to your friends and neighbors!
Whether you're in the French Quarter, Bywater, Lakeview, Mid-City, Carrollton, Treme, Broadmoor, New Orleans East, Faubourg St. John, or any of the other wonderful parts of New Orleans, this issue affects you because it's the first test of the Master Plan
. That's the document that is supposed to protect neighborhoods from having to deal with request after request after request for exemptions to the rules, and instead is supposed to allow for changes to the rule as a whole, once a year.
Fifty-five thousand voters enshrined the Master Plan in the city charter. Five thousand-plus people attended the numerous master planning and zoning meetings held all over the city. It's clear that the citizens of New Orleans support the Master Plan and want a reliable, fair, and predictable land use process.
That's good for neighborhoods, businesses, and developers!
This out-of-scale, inappropriate design is being proposed at the iconic corner of Rampart and Canal, at the gateway to the French Quarter, a neighborhood which is valuable not just to those who live and work here, but to the entire city. This project will have an effect on everyone - as VCPORA described in Why 1031 Canal Matters.
Please, if you haven't already, show the City Council that you care about protecting the French Quarter; that you care about the Master Plan; and send in an email.
And please join us on Thursday for the City Council vote.
We've been told that the matter will come up after 1 p.m.
Also, the council has placed a 15 minute time limit each for supporters and opponents to speak - what we really need are people in the audience, to show support for the Master Plan and protecting the French Quarter!
YOUR HELP NEEDED TO PROTECT
THE FRENCH QUARTER AND THE MASTER PLAN
On Thursday, September 22
, the City Council will take up a proposal to allow a 190’ tower in the French Quarter, at the corner of Rampart and Canal. While VCPORA supports the redevelopment of that parcel, we cannot and do not support the specifics of the plans that are under consideration. We believe that the proposed building’s design would harm the character, charm and tout ensemble
of our neighborhood, but just as importantly, that approval of this plan would seriously undermine the Master Plan via a huge override of its companion Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please tell the City Council that we want to end the era of ad hoc planning and what Council President Jackie Clarkson has called the practice of developers “kissing the ring” to get what they want. Ask them respectfully to vote against this proposal by the developer of 1031 Canal.
And please try to attend the City Council meeting next Thursday, September 22.
This matter will come up after 1 p.m.
Dear City Council Members:
I’m writing to urge you to vote against the proposal to allow a massive 190’ building at the corner of Canal and Rampart Streets.
The City Planning Commission staff’s recommendation – based on the new proposed Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) – is for a height limit of 120’ on Canal Street and 70’ on Iberville Street. An approval for anything in excess of those heights would violate the spirit and intent of the Master Plan, which was supposed to end the practice of allowing parcel-by-parcel zoning changes, ushering in an era of fairness and predictability to our land use decisions.
Citizens voted to enshrine the Master Plan in the City Charter to ensure that it could not be tinkered with. Changes, when needed, should be made to entire districts, not for individual properties and their property owners. That’s not good planning and it’s not fair.
A vote for this project would break faith with the tens of thousands of citizens who want to create a local economy driven by a strong efficient planning process.
Please, vote no to this 1031 Canal proposal – to protect the invaluable, irreplaceable French Quarter, and to demonstrate support for the Master Plan and CZO!