New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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15.7 Density Bonuses for Commercial Center and Institutional Campus Districts – MU-1, MU-2

In the establishment and authorization of a development in the Commercial Center and Institutional Campus Districts – MU-1 Medium Intensity Mixed Use District and MU -2 High Intensity Mixed-Use District, the following provides the baseline for determining whether a project qualifies for a development bonus.  The project may be awarded a maximum of thirty percent (30%) reduction in the minimum lot area per dwelling unit requirements.

1. The development provides an affordable housing component on-site.  Affordable housing shall be evenly distributed throughout the project, and shall be comparable to market-rate units in size, bedroom mix, and exterior finishes.  A qualifying project is entitled to a development bonus if it meets one (1) of the following thresholds and maintains affordability for a period of at least fifty (50) years:

a. Five percent (5%) of units aside at thirty percent (30%) AMI should yield a fifteen percent (15%) reduction in the minimum lot area per dwelling unit requirements.

b. Five percent (5%) of units aside at fifty percent (50%) AMI should yield a ten percent (10%) reduction in the minimum lot area per dwelling unit requirements.

c. Five percent (5%) of units aside at eighty percent (80%) AMI should yield a five percent (5%) reduction in the minimum lot area per dwelling unit requirements.

The development bonuses provided in items a., b. and c. above may be combined to provide a total bonus of up to 30%. All affordable housing provided pursuant to this section shall comply with the Affordable Housing Standards and Guidelines provided in Section 17.5.H.2, except where such standards conflict with the provisions of this section.

Sept. 9, 2015, Zoning Docket 054-15, Ord. 26,570 MCS