WELCOME TO THE NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD REBUILDING PLAN WEBSITE updated 07/2007 Here you will find the official Neighborhood Recovery Plans of the City of New Orleans that were unanimously approved by the New Orleans City Council and accepted by the Louisiana Recovery Authority on November 6th, 2006. Feel free to browse the site for the Final Neighborhood Plans as well as related documents, maps, and presentations that were created during the planning process. Please check this site regularly for updates, events, and information.
HANDS AROUND THE DOME CEREMONY TO MARK KATRINA ANNIVERSARY
Please join the African American Leadership Project (AALP) as they close out this year's second anniversary of the Katrina disaster with its "Hands Around the Dome Ceremony" on Saturday September 1st 2007 from 1pm to 4pm at the Louisiana Superdome. AALP developed the HADC to symbolize "healing from the suffering and losses, and affirmation of the future." The program consists of rituals, prayers, brief speeches, cultural events, reflections, music and song, and reading of a partial roll of the deceased. To close the program, participants form a powerful and dramatic hand to hand human circle around the Dome as each person calls out and names their loss.
CITY COUNCIL PASSES LOT NEXT DOOR ORDINANCE
During the Neighborhood Recovery Planning process, residents of the 43 flooded neighborhoods worked hard to devise plans that reflected their recovery needs. As most of you will remember, a lot of emphasis was placed on infrastructure and economic development.
Another important aspect of the final plans was the recommendations regarding housing policies and initiatives. One of those initiatives was the “Lot Next Door” program. On April 19, 2007, the City Council passed the “Lot Next Door” ordinance sponsored by Councilmember Cynthia Willard-Lewis, by unanimous vote.
The passage of the legislation was a direct result of the interest and support of each of you and the neighborhood organizations in this community. You are to be congratulated for speaking out in favor of your ideas. This legislation is a community-empowering tool for the recovery process and a testimony to your commitment in rebuilding your neighborhoods and the City of New Orleans.
The next step will be to work with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) in promulgating the final regulations governing the program.
OFFICE OF RECOVERY MANAGEMENT RELEASES RECOVERY IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
The City of New Orleans, more specifically the Office of Recovery Management (ORM), recently unveiled the recovery implementation plan for the city by identifying target areas for re-building, renewal and redevelopment. You will note that a majority of the public investment projects detailed as part of the implementation plan were derived from the neighborhood plans created through your Neighborhoods Rebuilding Planning process.
The Neighborhoods Rebuilding Plan team was not involved in the selection of the targeted zones. We were however briefed along with other planners as to the selection and timeframes. Implementation of the ORM plan is being discussed in broad terms and its success is still dependent upon the securing of new sources of funding.
NRP is pleased that the neighborhood projects were taken directly from your hard work and, while we would have liked to have seen a larger proportion of the funds earmarked for neighborhood projects, the identification of these target zones almost all of which are exclusively in areas of the City which flooded, is a reasonable start. However, we believe that it is important that the ORM now detail how it would intend to allocate a second and third round of investment. As was discussed time and again in the Neighborhoods Rebuilding process, while funding may not currently be in place, outlining second and third phase investments establishes targets and goals for the future. It also provides the non-designated neighborhoods a sense where they fit in the grander scheme and makes perfectly clear that designating a first round at this point is a question of existing resources and phasing strategy, not an attempt to discourage investment in other areas of the City.
While we thoroughly support the selection of many of your neighborhood priorities, we are cautiously reviewing and assessing the approaches to implementation. We would recommend that each of you carefully listen and assess what is being presented to make certain that all of the citizens and their neighborhoods are being sensitively and equitably served.
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