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City Master Plan



A long-running criticism of city planning in New Orleans was that the master plan for land use and development were not properly reflected in zoning ordinances. Without the force of law behind it, the master plan had limited practical effect, and land-use decisions tended to be made on a case-by-case basis, with the City Council deciding each request for a variance from the city code.

In 2008, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans threw its support behind a charter change to give the city's master plan the force of law. Voters approved the measure, and subsequently the city's focus shifted to how to achieve the plan's long-term vision for the city.