Make your voice heard on city permit enforcement

Council to examine permitting citywide on June 26

The Community Development Committee of the New Orleans City Council is considering ways to improve and expedite a variety of building and business permits, including how to ensure the enforcement of permit requirements. The committee will meet on Monday, June 26, at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chamber, 1300 Perdido St., and residents and business owners are encouraged to attend to share their experiences. What works? What doesn’t? What do agencies need to do their job efficiently? What do homeowners and business owners need in return?

Nearly 200 people showed their support for the Vieux Carre Commission at a town hall meeting on May 22 hosted by the Preservation Resource Center. At that meeting, Councilmember Freddie King III pledged to amend an ordinance that would have suspended the prosecution of VCC violations. He agreed to use the Community Development Committee as a forum for public input on what changes to consider instead.

What began as a conversation about the challenges of living, working and maintaining property in the French Quarter has broadened to challenges facing every neighborhood in the city. Attend Monday’s committee meeting and let your voice be heard!

Nathan Lott is PRC’s Policy Research Director and Advocacy Coordinator.

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