Article 18 Overlay Zoning Districts

18.1 Application of Overlay Zoning Districts   

18.1.A Creation, Modification, and Removal of Overlay Zoning Districts   

1. Overlay zoning districts may be created or removed through concurrent zoning text and map amendments in accordance with the process in Section 4.2.

2. Overlay zoning district regulations may be modified through a zoning text amendment in accordance with the process in Section 4.2.

3. Overlay zoning district boundaries may be modified through a zoning map amendment in accordance with the process in Section 4.2. 

18.1.B Intent, Relation to Base Zoning Districts, and Rules Governing the Application of Multiple Overla   

Overlay zoning districts are designed to require special controls in certain areas of the City that have special characteristics or special development issues. The intent of an overlay zoning district is to provide common controls over areas that require a specific type of zoning control but are typically zoned with more than one (1) base zoning district. Unless modified by the overlay zoning district regulations, the regulations of the base zoning district apply. Whenever a lot and/or development site, as defined below, is covered by more than one overlay zoning district, the regulations of each overlay zoning district shall apply, except that where the regulations of such overlay zoning districts contain an actual, implied or apparent conflict, the more restrictive regulation shall apply unless stated otherwise. 

18.1.C Application of Overlay Zoning Districts to Off-Site Accessory Uses   

Except as otherwise provide for in this Ordinance, the regulations of an overlay zoning district apply to:

(1) The entirety of any lot located within the area of applicability of an overlay zoning district;

(2) The entirety of any lot that is occupied by an off-site accessory use, including but not limited to off-street parking, that is incidental and subordinate to a principal use that is located on a lot within the area of applicability of an overlay zoning district;

(3)  The entirety of any lot on which any portion of a principal or accessory building is constructed, where some portion of the use occupying such building is located on a lot that is indicated within the area of applicability of an overlay zoning district.

18.2 Purpose Statements   

18.2.A Purpose of the SC Suburban Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District   

The purpose of the SC Suburban Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District is to provide for a superior environment along major transportation corridors through the application of an overlay district that places restrictions on certain uses. This district is intended for application along transportation corridors in a suburban setting. The overlay district regulations are intended to supplement the regulations of the base zoning districts and to provide for harmony and compatibility of development over the length of the corridor.

18.2.B Purpose of the ENORC Eastern New Orleans Renaissance Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District   

The purpose the ENORC Eastern New Orleans Renaissance Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District is to provide for a superior environment along major urban transportation corridors in Eastern New Orleans through the application of an overlay zoning district that places restrictions on certain uses. The overlay district regulations are intended to supplement the regulations of the base zoning districts and to provide for the harmony and compatibility of development over designated corridors by special regulations.

18.2.C Purpose of the HUC Historic Urban Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District   

The purpose of the HUC Historic Urban Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District is to provide for a superior environment and a compatibility and continuity of development along major historic urban neighborhood street corridors. The district is intended for application in older developed areas of the City to promote a harmonious relationship between commercial uses and the surrounding residential neighborhoods. The overlay district regulations are intended to supplement those of the base zoning district to provide for the harmony and compatibility of development over designated areas by special regulations.

18.2.D Purpose of the St. Charles Avenue Use Restriction Overlay District   

The purpose of the St. Charles Avenue Use Restriction Overlay District is to provide for a superior environment and compatibility of development. Certain traffic-generating uses are prohibited. 

18.2.E Purpose of the RDO-1 Residential Diversity Overlay District (Marigny/Bywater)   

The purpose of the RDO-1 Residential Diversity Overlay District is to allow a limited number of commercial activities and higher density residential uses in existing buildings across multi-block areas of residentially zoned areas. The RDO-1 Overlay District is intended to sustain the historic character of residential neighborhoods that contained a few small commercial uses serving the immediate neighborhood and a few small multi-unit residential buildings situated among low density residential uses. The RDO-1 Overlay District encourages the compatible reuse of existing non-residential and mixed-use structures in residential areas, in order to reduce commercial and residential nonconformities and to prevent the use of spot zones to authorize commercial or higher density residential uses. 

18.2.F Purpose of the RDO-2 Residential Diversity Overlay District (Tremé/Sixth and Seventh Wards)   

The purpose of the RDO-2 Residential Diversity Overlay District is to allow a limited number of commercial activities and higher density residential uses in existing buildings across multi-block areas of residentially zoned areas. The RDO-2 Overlay District is intended to sustain the historic character of residential neighborhoods that contained a few small commercial uses serving the immediate neighborhood and a few small multi-unit residential buildings situated among low density residential uses. The RDO-2 Overlay District encourages the compatible reuse of existing non-residential and mixed-use structures in residential areas, in order to reduce commercial and residential nonconformities and to prevent the use of spot zones to authorize commercial or higher density residential uses. The RDO-2 Overlay District differs from the RDO-1 Overlay District by allowing for the establishment of standard restaurants without the sale or service of alcoholic beverages. 

18.2.G Purpose of the AC-1 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District (Frenchmen, St. Bernard, Broad)   

The AC-1 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District is intended to accommodate a limited number of live entertainment uses, but with additional permissions to sustain established and promote new arts and cultural uses, including a limited number of small-scale live entertainment venues in neighborhood business or mixed-use areas. The AC-1 Diversity Overlay District seeks to maintain and reinforce small-scale uses and a balance of daytime and night-time uses that are compatible with the character of surrounding residential neighborhoods.

18.2.H Purpose of the AC-2 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District (Freret, Newton, Teche)   

The AC-2 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District is intended to accommodate a limited number of live entertainment uses, but with additional permissions to sustain established and promote new arts and cultural uses, including a limited number of small-scale live entertainment venues in neighborhood business or mixed-use areas. The AC-2 Diversity Overlay District seeks to maintain and reinforce small-scale uses and a balance of daytime and night-time uses that are compatible with the character of surrounding residential neighborhoods.

18.2.I Purpose of the AC-3 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District (St. Claude)   

The purpose of the AC-3 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District is to establish and sustain new arts and cultural uses on lots generally facing St. Claude Avenue between Press Street and Poland Avenue. The St. Claude Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District seeks to preserve the area's small to medium-scale commercial uses, encourage a balance of daytime and nighttime uses, and foster development of arts-related uses.

18.2.J Purpose of the AC-4 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District (Tremé)   

The AC-4 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District is intended to provide opportunities for a limited number of live entertainment uses both along corridors and interspersed within neighborhoods where residences, businesses, and arts and cultural uses have historically coexisted. The AC-4 Diversity Overlay District seeks to maintain and reinforce small-scale uses and a balance of daytime and night-time uses that are compatible with the character of surrounding residential neighborhoods.

18.2.K Purpose of the RIV Riverfront Design Overlay District   

The RIV Riverfront Design Overlay District is intended to preserve, create, and enhance public views of the Mississippi River and to promote the development of a riverfront promenade, including connections to nearby public rights-of-way, open space, and other public amenities. The RIV Overlay District crosses several zoning districts and is intended to unify the entire riverfront by promoting public access between neighborhoods. Site plan and design review is required for development and redevelopment.

18.2.L Purpose of the CPC Character Preservation Corridor Design Overlay District   

The purpose of the CPC Character Preservation Corridor Design Overlay District is to provide for design review of projects that have an established development pattern and urban character recognized as “iconic” of New Orleans’ unique historic development. Site plan and design review is required to ensure that these projects are compatible with the preservation of the overall urban fabric, design character, scale, and pedestrian-friendliness of these corridors and adjacent areas. 

18.2.M Purpose of the EC Enhancement Corridor Design Overlay District   

The purpose of the EC Enhancement Corridor Design Overlay District is to provide for design review for projects located predominantly in the older parts of the City. In these corridors, traditional character is intermittent, there may be segments with vacant or underutilized properties, and more recent development has tended to be suburban and auto-oriented in character. Site plan and design review is required to ensure coordinated infill development and redevelopment.

18.2.N Purpose of the CT Corridor Transformation Design Overlay District   

The purpose of the CT Corridor Transformation Design Overlay District is to provide for design review for projects in corridors that are located in Eastern New Orleans, on the West Bank, and in Lakeview and Gentilly. The corridors in Eastern New Orleans also include I-10 and its service roads. Existing development along these corridors is typically suburban in character and auto-dependent, and vacant and underutilized properties may be common.  Superblocks are common along the corridors in Eastern New Orleans and the West Bank. Site plan and design review is required to ensure coordinated infill development and redevelopment.

18.2.O Purpose of the GC Greenway Corridor Design Overlay District   

The purpose of the GC Greenway Corridor Design Overlay District is to provide for design review in order to promote pedestrian and bicycle usage and enhance the natural environment in corridors that surround designated public greenways. The GC Greenway Corridor Design Overlay District is intended for application on properties that are adjacent to or across a right-of-way from a greenway. The GC overlay district may also be applied to other properties in the vicinity of a greenway, particularly around intersections between greenways and major streets.

18.2.P Purpose of the HU-B1A Use Restriction Overlay District   

The purpose of the HU-B1A Use Restriction Overlay District is to provide for preservation of certain historic urban neighborhood business districts and adjacent historic urban residential neighborhoods. The overlay district is intended to supplement the base zoning district to ensure harmony and compatibility of development and re-development, by providing additional special regulations. 

18.2.Q Purpose of the LAS LaSalle Street Overlay District   

The purpose of the LAS LaSalle Street Overlay District is to create an environment with additional opportunities for live entertainment at commercially-zoned sites along commercial corridors, as well as at small sites with commercial zoning that are interspersed within neighborhoods where arts and cultural uses have historically existed.

18.2.R Purpose of the Magazine Street Use Restriction Overlay District   

The purpose of the Magazine Street Use Restriction Overlay District is to provide for compatibility and the preservation of certain historic urban neighborhood street corridors and adjacent historic urban residential neighborhoods. The overlay district is intended to supplement those of the base zoning district to provide for the harmony and compatibility of development and re-development over designated areas by special regulations.

18.2.S Purpose of the Jackson Avenue Use Restriction Overlay District   

The purpose of the Jackson Avenue Use Restriction Overlay District is to provide additional protections to a portion of Jackson Avenue in order to curb increased commercialization of the avenue without resident input. 

18.2.T Purpose of the Annunciation Street Overlay District   

The purpose of the Annunciation Street Overlay District is to encourage a mixed-use, walkable environment and a productive use of available space.  The Annunciation Street Overlay District protects the interest of the neighbors while also allowing for increased height and floors that will encourage development of the area.  

18.2.U Purpose of the CSH Canal Street Height Overlay District   

The purpose of the CSH Canal Street Height Overlay District is to encourage complimentary development, such as hotels, that will support the hospitals within the Life Sciences Mixed Use District.

18.2.V Purpose of the SCC South of Convention Center Height Overlay District   

The purpose of the SCC South of Convention Center Height Overlay District is to create a process to request additional height allowances through a Planned Development for properties in the South of Convention Center opportunity site.

Adopted by Ord. 27,261 MCS, §1, Jan. 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 102-16

18.2.W Purpose of the SBA St. Bernard Avenue Overlay District   

The purpose of the SBA St. Bernard Avenue Overlay District is to promote affordable housing, particularly for senior citizens, by allowing density and height bonuses for the provision of affordable housing.

Adopted by Ord. No. 27,459, §1, July 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 35/17

18.3 SC Suburban Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District   

18.3.A Applicability   

1.  The SC Overlay District applies to the following areas:

a. All lots with frontage on General DeGaulle Drive/Woodland Highway between the Westbank Expressway and the Intracoastal Waterway;

b. All lots with frontage on Behrman Place and Behrman Highway between General DeGaulle Drive and the Orleans Parish/Jefferson Parish boundary line;

c. All lots within the entirety of all non-residential zoning districts that abut General Meyer Avenue between Behrman Avenue and Bennett Street.  
d. All lots with frontage on Chef Menteur Highway between Old Gentilly Road and the Industrial Canal.

e. All lots within the entirety of the blocks located at the intersections of the following streets with Chef Menteur Highway:

i. Press Drive;

ii. Louisa Drive;

iii. France Road.

18.3.B Use Restrictions   

When allowed as a permitted use in the base zoning district, the following uses require conditional use approval in accordance with Section 4.3

1.  Bar

2.  Car Wash

3.  Restaurant, Fast Food

4.  Retail Sales of Packaged Alcoholic Beverages

18.4 ENORC Eastern New Orleans Renaissance Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District   

18.4.A Applicability   

The ENORC Eastern New Orleans Renaissance Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District applies to:

1.  All lots bounded by Bullard Avenue, Hayne Boulevard, the Jahncke Canal, and Chef Menteur Highway, and all lots fronting on the west side of Bullard Avenue between Hayne Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway.

2.  All lots with frontage on Crowder Boulevard between Hayne Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway.

3.  All lots with frontage on Read Boulevard between Hayne Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway.

4.  All lots fronting on Hayne Boulevard between Jourdan Road and Interstate 510.

5.  All lots fronting on Morrison Road between Jourdan Road and Interstate 510.

6.  All lots fronting on Lake Forest Boulevard between Mayo Road and Interstate 510 and continuing one block in depth along Six Flags Parkway between Interstate 510 and Michoud Boulevard.

7.   All lots fronting on Bundy Road between Morrison Road and Chef Menteur Highway.

8.  All lots fronting on Interstate 10 and  Interstate 510 and the service roads on both sides of Interstate 10 and Interstate 510 east of the Industrial Canal.

9.  All lots fronting on Chef Menteur Highway for the entirety of its length from the Industrial Canal to the Michoud Levee and along Downman Road for the entirety of its length from Chef Menteur Highway to Lake Pontchartrain.

10. All lots within the entirety of the blocks located at the intersections of the following streets with either Chef Menteur Highway or Downman Road:

a. Hayne Boulevard;

b. Morrison Road;

c. Dwyer Road;

d. Wilson Avenue;

e. Crowder Boulevard;

f. Bundy Road;

g. Read Boulevard;

h. Wright Road;

i. Bullard Avenue;

j. Interstate 510;

k. Michoud Boulevard;

l. Alcee Fortier Boulevard.

18.4.B Use Restrictions   

1.  When allowed as a permitted use in the base zoning district, the following uses require conditional use approval in accordance with Section 4.3:

a.  Bar

b.  Retail Sales of Packaged Alcoholic Beverages

2.  The following uses are prohibited:

a.  Adult Use

b. Hotels/Motels and Hostels providing rooms for accommodation at a frequency greater than once per day.

18.5 HUC Historic Urban Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District   

18.5.A Applicability   

The HUC Historic Urban Corridor Use Restriction Overlay District applies to:

1. All lots within those blocks fronting on South Claiborne Avenue between Earhart Boulevard and Jackson Avenue;

2. All lots zoned non-residentially within those blocks fronting on the riverside and those blocks fronting on the lakeside of South Claiborne Avenue from Jackson Avenue to Toledano Street;

3. All lots within the entirety of the triangular shaped commercially zoned area on the riverside of South Claiborne Avenue bounded by South Claiborne Avenue, Louisiana Avenue and Toledano Street;

4. All lots within the entirety of those blocks fronting on the riverside of South Claiborne between Louisiana Avenue and Napoleon Avenue;

5. All lots zoned non-residentially within those blocks fronting on the lakeside of South Claiborne Avenue between Toledano Street and Napoleon Avenue;

6. All lots fronting on Carrollton Avenue between Leake Avenue and City Park Avenue;

7. All lots within the entirety of the blocks located at the intersections of the following streets with Carrollton Avenue:

a. Hampson Street;

b. Maple Street;

c. South Claiborne Avenue;

d. Earhart Boulevard;

e. Tulane Avenue;

f. Canal Street.

8. All lots within the area bounded by South Claiborne Avenue, Gravier Street, South Pierce Street, Interstate 10, Banks Street, South Bernadotte Street, Cleveland Avenue, South Pierce Street, Conti Street, and North Claiborne Avenue;

9. All lots within the area bounded by City Park Avenue, Conti Street, North Pierce Street, Cleveland Avenue, and a line extending along from the centerline of Cleveland Avenue from North Anthony Street to City Park Avenue;

10. All lots fronting on Earhart Boulevard between Monticello Street and South Jefferson Davis Parkway;

11. All lots fronting on North Claiborne Avenue between Tennessee Street and the Orleans Parish/St. Bernard Parish boundary line;

12. All lots fronting on St. Claude Avenue between Tennessee Street and the Orleans Parish/St. Bernard Parish boundary line;

13. All lots fronting on Gentilly Boulevard between Paris Avenue and the Peoples Avenue Canal;

14. All lots within the entirety of the blocks located at the intersections of the following streets with Gentilly Boulevard:

a. Paris Avenue;

b. Elysian Fields Avenue.

15. All lots fronting on Elysian Fields Avenue between Lake Pontchartrain and North Rocheblave Street;

16. All lots within the area bounded by St. Denis Street, Gentilly Boulevard, Norman Mayer Avenue, St. Anthony Avenue, Mandolin Street, Elysian Fields Avenue, St. Aloysius Drive, Mandeville Street, Gentilly Boulevard, Fairmont Drive, Monterey Street, and Elysian Fields Avenue.

18.5.B Use Restrictions   

When allowed as a permitted use in the base zoning district, the following uses require conditional use approval in accordance with Section 4.3:

1.   Bar

2.   Car Wash

3.   Restaurant, Fast Food

4.   Gas Station

5.   Indoor Amusement Facility

6.   Motor Vehicle Service & Repair, Minor or Major

7.  Retail Sales of Packaged Alcoholic Beverages

18.6 St. Charles Avenue Use Restriction Overlay District   

18.6.A Applicability   

The regulations of the St. Charles Avenue Use Restriction Overlay District apply to the following lots:

1. All lots zoned non-residentially fronting on St. Charles Avenue between Pleasant Street and Delachaise Street, and all lots zoned non-residentially bounded by Carondelet Street and Prytania Street.

2. All lots zoned non-residentially fronting on St. Charles Avenue between Delachaise Street and Peniston Street, and all lots zoned non-residentially bounded by St. Charles Avenue, Coliseum Street, Pleasant Street and Delachaise Street.

3. All lots zoned non-residentially fronting St. Charles Avenue from Peniston Street to Jefferson Avenue.

4. All lots zoned non-residentially located on the downriver side of Jackson Avenue inclusive from St. Charles Avenue to Prytania Street inclusive of the downtown corner lot at Jackson Avenue and Prytania Street.

4. All lots zoned residential fronting St. Charles Avenue between Jackson Avenue and Jefferson Avenue.

18.6.B Use Restrictions   

The following uses are prohibited:

1.  Car Wash

2.  New Drive-Through Facility

3.  New Restaurant, Fast Food

4.  Gas Station

5.  Motor Vehicle Service & Repair, Minor or Major

6.  Tattoo Parlor

18.6.C Conditional Uses   

1. Modification to or the expansion of existing Restaurant, Fast Food

2. Modification to or the expansion of existing Drive-Through Facilities

18.7 RDO-1 Residential Diversity Overlay District   

18.7.A Applicability   

1.  An RDO Overlay District is intended as an overlay district to base residential districts that creates a mixed-use environment. The RDO Overlay District shall encompass an area no smaller than six (6) blocks and contain at least three (3) structures meeting the criteria of Paragraph C.1 below.

2.  The RDO-1 Overlay District applies to the following area within Marigny/Bywater: All lots bounded by Esplanade Avenue, North Rampart Street/McShane Place/St. Claude Avenue, the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the Mississippi River.

18.7.B Permitted Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as permitted uses, subject to the use standards of Article 20 and the standards of Section 18.7.C below.

1.  Two-family dwellings in single-family districts in accordance with the standards of Section 18.7.C.10 below. 

2.  Multi-family dwellings within a district that permits two-family dwellings in accordance with the standards of Section 18.7.C.10 below. If applied to the HMR-3 District, multi-family dwellings are limited to a maximum of four (4) dwelling units.

3.  The following non-residential uses within an existing non-residential structure and subject to the limitations of this section:

a.   Animal Hospital

b.  Arts Studio

c.  Art Gallery

d.  Cultural Facility

e.  Financial Institution

f.  Health Club

g.   Medical/Dental Clinic with a maximum of three (3) practitioners

h.  Office

i.  Personal Services Establishment

j.  Retail Goods Establishment

l.  Restaurant, Specialty

18.7.C Use Standards   

1.  A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District may be located only in an existing structure meeting one (1) of the following four (4) standards. All four (4) standards are intended to describe main structures that were constructed and historically used for non-residential or mixed-use purposes. Evidence of such construction and history, including but not limited to records of the Historic District Landmarks Commission and/or historic Sanborn maps, may be required by the Department of Safety and Permits.

a.  A building that is located at a corner, is built to the sidewalk, and has an entrance across the angle of the corner, has display windows, and may have an overhang over the angled entrance.

b.  A structure that is located at a corner, is built to the sidewalk, but instead of an angled entrance has a street-level entrance (no more than one (1) step up) on both streets and has at least one (1) display window.

c.  A structure that prior to recent alterations originally would have met the above criteria and is proposed to be restored to such original features pursuant to either:

i.  Approval from the Historic District Landmarks Commission if within a Local Historic District or designated as a landmark building; or

ii.  Site plan and design review in accordance with Section 4.5.

The proposed restoration shall be completed prior to a certificate of occupancy for any non-residential use authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District.

d.  A structure that is clearly non-residential or mixed-use in its construction and history of use, including warehouse-style structures, former community facilities such as firehouses, educational facilities, places of worship, gas stations, and other historic commercial and mixed-use structures.

2.  Where a structure was originally constructed as a residential use and was subsequently converted to a non-residential use, a non-residential use may not be re-established use once that use has been discontinued, unless otherwise permitted by Article 25.

3. A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District is limited to hours of operation between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Other hours of operation may be approved through the conditional use process.

4.  Non-residential uses authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District are limited to the ground floor. Each non-residential use authorized by the RDO Overlay District is limited to two-thousand (2,000) square feet in floor area. However, a non-residential use authorized by the RDO Overlay District is allowed two-thousand and one (2,001) to five-thousand (5,000) square feet in floor area with a conditional use approval. No variance is allowed for these size limitations.

5.  A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District is exempt from all parking requirements of this Ordinance. All residential uses shall comply with parking requirements.

6.  A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District is subject to the sign standards of the HU-B1A District.

7.  Drive-Through Facilities, Live Entertainment – Secondary Use, and Retail Sales of Packaged Alcoholic Beverages are prohibited. A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District may not serve alcoholic beverages for consumption on or off premises.

8.  Any restaurant shall not store trash, prepare food, or locate service uses in a rear or interior side yard that abuts a residential use.

9. Accessory outdoor dining is prohibited except on a sidewalk, subject to a sidewalk café franchise agreement with the City.

10.  A residential use is subject to the following limitations:

a.  The structure shall have been originally constructed with a greater number of units than currently allowed in the base zoning district. Evidence of such history may be required by the Department of Safety and Permits.

b.  A two-family residential use authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District may expand, subject to the bulk and yard standards of the HU-RD1 District. A multi-family residential use authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District may expand subject to the bulk and yard standards of the HU-RM1 District.

c.  The conversion to residential use of the upper floors or a ground floor portion of a non-residential building meeting the standards of this section shall comply with the minimum unit size standards of eight-hundred fifty (850) square feet per dwelling unit.

d.  Any residential structure constructed in compliance with the standards of the base district is prohibited from any alteration or conversion to a multi-family dwelling.

11.  Non-residential uses authorized by the RDO-1 Overlay District are also subject to the use standards in Article 20.

18.8 RDO-2 Residential Diversity Overlay District   

18.8.A Applicability   

1.  An RDO Overlay District is intended as an overlay district to base residential districts that creates a mixed-use environment. The RDO Overlay District shall encompass an area no smaller than six (6) blocks and contain at least three (3) structures meeting the criteria of Paragraph C.1 below.

2.  The RDO-2 Overlay District applies to the following area within Tremé and the Sixth and Seventh Wards: all lots bounded by Orleans Avenue/Basin Street, North Villere Street, St. Philip Street, North Rampart Street/McShane Place/St. Claude Avenue, Elysian Fields Avenue, North Claiborne Avenue, St. Bernard Avenue, and North Broad Street.

18.8.B Permitted Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as permitted uses, subject to the use standards of Article 20 and the standards of Section 18.7.C below.

1.  Two-family dwellings in single-family districts in accordance with the standards of Section 18.8.C.10. 

2.  Multi-family dwellings within a district that permits two-family dwellings in accordance with the standards of Section 18.8.C.10. If applied to the HMR-3 District, multi-family dwellings are limited to a maximum of four (4) dwelling units.

3.  The following non-residential uses within an existing non-residential structure and subject to the limitations of this section:

a.   Animal Hospital

b.  Arts Studio

c.  Art Gallery

d.  Cultural Facility

e.  Financial Institution

f.  Health Club

g.   Medical/Dental clinic with a maximum of three (3) practitioners

h.  Office

i.  Personal Services Establishment

j.  Retail Goods Establishment

k.  Restaurant, Specialty

l.  Restaurant, Standard

18.8.C Use Standards   

1.  A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District may be located only in an existing structure meeting one (1) of the following four (4) standards. All four (4) standards are intended to describe main structures that were constructed and historically used for non-residential or mixed-use purposes. Evidence of such construction and history, including but not limited to records of the Historic District Landmarks Commission and/or historic Sanborn maps, may be required by the Department of Safety and Permits.

a.  A building that is located at a corner, is built to the sidewalk, and has an entrance across the angle of the corner, has display windows, and may have an overhang over the angled entrance.

b.  A structure that is located at a corner, is built to the sidewalk, but instead of an angled entrance has a street-level entrance (no more than one (1) step up) on both streets and has at least one (1) display window.

c.  A structure that prior to recent alterations originally would have met the above criteria and is proposed to be restored to such original features pursuant to either:

i.  Approval from the Historic District Landmarks Commission if within a Local Historic District or designated as a landmark building; or

ii.  Site plan and design review in accordance with Section 4.5.

The proposed restoration shall be completed prior to a certificate of occupancy for any non-residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District.

d.  A structure that is clearly non-residential or mixed-use in its construction and history of use, including warehouse-style structures, former community facilities such as firehouses, educational facilities, places of worship, gas stations, and other historic commercial and mixed-use structures.

2.  Where a structure was originally constructed as a residential use and was subsequently converted to a non-residential use, a non-residential use may not be re-established use once that use has been discontinued, unless otherwise permitted by Article 25.

3. A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District is limited to hours of operation between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Other hours of operation may be approved through the conditional use process.

4.  Non-residential uses authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District are limited to the ground floor. Each non-residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District is limited to two-thousand (2,000) square feet in floor area. However, a non-residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District is allowed two-thousand and one (2,001) to five-thousand (5,000) square feet in floor area with a conditional use approval. No variance is allowed for these size limitations.

5.  A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District is exempt from all parking requirements of this Ordinance. All residential uses shall comply with parking requirements.

6.  A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District is subject to the sign standards of the HU-B1A District.

7.  Drive-Through Facilities, Live Entertainment – Secondary Use, and Retail Sales of Packaged Alcoholic Beverages are prohibited. A non-residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District may not serve alcoholic beverages for consumption on or off premises.

8.  Any restaurant shall not store trash, prepare food, or locate service uses in a rear or interior side yard that abuts a residential use.

9. Accessory outdoor dining is prohibited except on a sidewalk, subject to a sidewalk café franchise agreement with the City.

10.  A residential use is subject to the following limitations:

a.  The structure shall have been originally constructed with a greater number of units than currently allowed in the base zoning district. Evidence of such history may be required by the Department of Safety and Permits.

b.  A two-family residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District may expand, subject to the bulk and yard standards of the HU-RD1 District. A multi-family residential use authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District may expand subject to the bulk and yard standards of the HU-RM1 District.

c.  The conversion to residential use of the upper floors or a ground floor portion of a non-residential building meeting the standards of this section shall comply with the minimum unit size standards of eight-hundred fifty (850) square feet per dwelling unit.

d.  Any residential structure constructed in compliance with the standards of the base district is prohibited from any alteration or conversion to a multi-family dwelling.

11.  Non-residential uses authorized by the RDO-2 Overlay District are also subject to the use standards in Article 20.

18.9 AC-1 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District   

18.9.A Applicability   

The AC-1 Overlay District is intended as an overlay district to base commercial districts that creates a commercial environment with additional permissions for live entertainment. An AC-1 Overlay District shall encompass an area zoned commercially with a minimum size of two (2) contiguous blocks. The AC-1 Overlay District applies to the following areas:

1.  All lots fronting Frenchmen Street between Royal Street and Esplanade Avenue, the lots fronting Decatur Street between Frenchmen Street and Esplanade Avenue, and the lots fronting the downriver side of Esplanade Avenue between North Peters Street and Decatur Street.

2.  All lots in non-residential districts with frontage on Saint Bernard Avenue between North Rampart Street/McShane Place and North Roman Street.

3.  All lots in non-residential districts with frontage on Broad Street between Interstate 10/Pontchartrain Expressway and Columbus Street, as well as those lots in non-residential districts with frontage on Columbus Street between North Broad Street and North Dorgenois Street.

18.9.B Uses   

18.9.B.1 Permitted Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as permitted uses subject to the use standards of Article 20 and Paragraphs C below.

a.  Art Gallery

b.  Cultural Facility

c.  Indoor Amusement Facility up to a maximum of six-thousand (6,000) square feet of gross floor area

d.  Live Entertainment – Secondary Use

e.  Live Performance Venue

f.  Restaurant, Standard, which may sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises in conjunction with meals

18.9.B.2 Conditional Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as conditional uses subject to the use standards of Article 20 and Paragraphs C below.

a.  Bar, limited to two (2) Bars per blockface

b.  Indoor Amusement Facility over six-thousand (6,000) square feet in floor area 

18.9.C Use Standards   

18.9.C.1 Live Performance Venue   

a.  A Live Performance Venue is limited to plays and musicals.

b.  A Live Performance Venue is permitted to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on-site only one (1) hour prior to and during performances.

18.9.C.2 Live Entertainment – Secondary Use   

a.  All establishments providing live entertainment shall hold the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

b.  All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to a closed doors and windows policy during any performance.

c.  All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to the applicable noise, litter, and other laws of the City, including the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Building Code, City Code, and Life Safety Code.

d.  A Bar may provide live entertainment, including a permanent area for dancing, but adult uses and karaoke are prohibited. All bars providing live entertainment shall hold a Class A General ABO Permit and the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

18.9.C.3 Restaurant   

a.  Musical accompaniment for patrons at a restaurant (standard or specialty), in conformance with the following use standards:

1. During the performance of any musical accompaniment, all doors and windows in the restaurant shall remain closed.  Any amplification used in support of a musical accompaniment shall be directed towards the patrons of the restaurant, and not toward any door, window or outdoor space.

2. No cover charge shall be charged for any performance of any musical accompaniment.

3. Full restaurant service shall continue during the performance of any musical accompaniment.

4. No more than ten percent (10%) of a restaurant’s seating area may be dedicated to a staging area for any performance of musical accompaniment.

5. Aside from the portion of the restaurant seating area dedicated to the staging of the musical accompaniment, no restaurant seating may be removed or relocated during the performance in order to accommodate an audience and/or dance area.

6. Performance of the musical accompaniment shall not be permitted beyond 10:00 p.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays, or beyond midnight on Thursdays through Saturdays.

7. Musical accompaniment shall only be performed in the interior of a restaurant; outdoor musical accompaniment shall be subject to the general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

Any musical accompaniment for patrons at a restaurant that is not in conformance with the above standards shall be subject to general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

b. A Special Event Permit may temporarily relieve a restaurant from standards of this section. Special Event Permits are limited to no more than ten (10) times a year for a total of thirty (30) days per year. Performances permitted by a Special Event Permit shall be a minimum of fourteen (14) days apart.

18.9.C.4 Bar   

Bars shall mitigate noise to those levels specified in the Noise Ordinance by soundproofing the live entertainment area.

18.10 AC-2 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District   

18.10.A Applicability   

The AC-2 Overlay District is intended as an overlay district for base commercial districts to create a commercial environment with additional permissions for live entertainment. An AC-2 Overlay District shall encompass an area zoned commercially with a minimum size of two (2) contiguous blocks. The AC-2 Overlay District applies to the following areas:

i.  All lots in non-residential districts with frontage on Freret Street between Napoleon and Jefferson Avenues.

ii.  All lots in non-residential districts with frontage on Newton Street between Teche Street and Behrman Avenue.

iii.  All lots in non-residential districts with frontage on Teche Street, from Opelousas Avenue to the Jefferson Parish Line.

18.10.B Uses   

18.10.B.1 Permitted Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as permitted uses subject to the use standards of Article 20 and Paragraphs C below.

a.  Art Gallery

b. Community Center

c.  Cultural Facility

d.  Public Market

e.  Indoor Amusement Facilities up to a maximum of five-thousand (5,000) square feet of gross floor area

f.  Live Entertainment – Secondary Use

g.  Live Performance Venue

h.  Restaurant, Standard, which may sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises in conjunction with meals

18.10.B.2 Conditional Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as conditional uses subject to the use standards of Article 20 and Paragraphs C below.

a.  Bar, limited to two (2) bars per blockface.

b.  Indoor Amusement Facilities above five-thousand (5,000) square feet of gross floor area. However, indoor amusement facilities shall not exceed ten thousand (10,000) square feet of gross floor area. 

18.10.C Use Standards   

18.10.C.1 Live Performance Venue   

a.  A Live Performance Venue is limited to plays and musicals.

b.  A Live Performance Venue is permitted to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on-site only one (1) hour prior to and during performances.

c.  Ticket sales are limited to the number of seats provided for the performance or the lowest rated capacity of the bar.

d.  Standing room only performances are prohibited.

18.10.C.2 Live Entertainment – Secondary Use   

a.  All establishments providing live entertainment shall hold the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

b.  All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to a closed doors and windows policy during any performance.

c.  All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to the applicable noise, litter, and other laws of the City, including the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Building Code, City Code, and Life Safety Code.

d.  A bar may provide live entertainment, including a permanent area for dancing, but adult uses and karaoke are prohibited. All bars providing live entertainment shall hold a Class A General ABO Permit and the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

18.10.C.3 Restaurant   

a.  Musical accompaniment for patrons at a restaurant (standard or specialty), in conformance with the following use standards:

1. During the performance of any musical accompaniment, all doors and windows in the restaurant shall remain closed.  Any amplification used in support of a musical accompaniment shall be directed towards the patrons of the restaurant, and not toward any door, window or outdoor space.

2. No cover charge shall be charged for any performance of any musical accompaniment.

3. Full restaurant service shall continue during the performance of any musical accompaniment.

4. No more than ten percent (10%) of a restaurant’s seating area may be dedicated to a staging area for any performance of musical accompaniment.

5. Aside from the portion of the restaurant seating area dedicated to the staging of the musical accompaniment, no restaurant seating may be removed or relocated during the performance in order to accommodate an audience and/or dance area.

6. Performance of the musical accompaniment shall not be permitted beyond 10:00 p.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays, or beyond midnight on Thursdays through Saturdays.

7. Musical accompaniment shall only be performed in the interior of a restaurant; outdoor musical accompaniment shall be subject to the general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

Any musical accompaniment for patrons at a restaurant that is not in conformance with the above standards shall be subject to general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

b. A Special Event Permit may temporarily relieve a restaurant from standards of this section. Special Event Permits are limited to no more than ten (10) times a year for a total of thirty (30) days per year. Performances permitted by a Special Event Permit shall be a minimum of fourteen (14) days apart.

18.10.C.4 Bar   

a.  Hours of operation for bars are restricted to between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Midnight on Sunday through Thursday, and between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

b.  Bars shall mitigate noise to those levels specified in the Noise Ordinance by soundproofing the live entertainment area.

18.11 AC-3 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District   

18.11.A Applicability   

The AC-3 Overlay District is intended as an overlay district for base commercial districts to create a commercial environment with additional permissions for live entertainment. An AC-3 Overlay District shall encompass an area zoned commercially with a minimum size of two (2) contiguous blocks. The AC-3 Overlay District applies to the following areas:

1.  All lots in non-residential districts with frontage on St. Claude Avenue between Press Street and Poland Avenue.

18.11.B Uses   

18.11.B.1 Permitted Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as permitted uses subject to the use standards of Article 20 and Paragraphs C below.

a.  Art Galleries and Arts Studios, without limitations as to size

b. Community Center

c.  Cultural Facility

d.  Public Market

e.  Indoor Amusement Facilities, limited to movie theaters, up to a maximum of five-thousand (5,000) square feet of gross floor area

f.  Live Entertainment – Secondary Use

g.  Live Performance Venue up to a maximum of five-thousand (5,000) square feet of gross floor area

h.  Standard Restaurant with a maximum of 5,000 square feet of gross floor area, which may sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises in conjunction with meals

i. Tattoo Parlor

j. Artist studios   

18.11.B.2 Conditional Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as conditional uses subject to the use standards of Article 20 and Paragraphs C below.

a.  Bars.

b.  Indoor Amusement Facilities, limited to movie theaters, above five-thousand (5,000) square feet of gross floor area. However, indoor amusement facilities shall not exceed ten thousand (10,000) square feet of gross floor area.

c.  Live Performance Venues  above five-thousand (5,000) square feet of gross floor area. 

d. Micro-Breweries

e. Micro-Distilleries

f. Wine shops

18.11.C Use Standards   

18.11.C.1 Live Performance Venue   

a.  A Live Performance Venue is permitted to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on-site only one (1) hour prior to, during and one (1) hour after performances.

b. The provisions of Section 10.2.B.9., restricting the number of live performance venues per blockface, shall not apply within the AC-3 Arts & Cultural Overlay District.

18.11.C.2 Live Entertainment – Secondary Use   

a.  All establishments providing live entertainment shall hold the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

b.  All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to a closed doors and windows policy during any performance.

c.  All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to the applicable noise, litter, and other laws of the City, including the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Building Code, City Code, and Life Safety Code.

d.  A Bar may provide live entertainment, including a permanent area for dancing, but adult uses are prohibited. All bars providing live entertainment shall hold a Class A General ABO Permit and the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

e. The provisions of Section 10.2.B.7., restricting the number of live entertainment, secondary uses per blockface, shall not apply within the AC-3 Arts & Cultural Overlay District.

18.11.C.3 Restaurant   

a. Musical accompaniment for patrons at any restaurant (standard or specialty), shall be permitted in conformance with the following standards:

i. During the performance of any musical accompaniment, all doors and windows in the restaurant shall remain closed. Any amplification used in support of a musical accompaniment shall be directed toward the patrons of the restaurant, and not toward any door, window, or outdoor space.

ii. No  cover charge shall be charged for any performance of musical accompaniment.

iii. Full restaurant service shall continue during the performance of any musical accompaniment.

iv. No more than ten percent (10%) of a restaurant’s seating area may be dedicated to a staging area for any performance of musical accompaniment.

v. Aside from the portion of the restaurant seating area dedicated to staging of the musical accompaniment, no restaurant seating area may be removed or relocated during the performance in order to accommodate an audience and/or dance area.

vi. Performance of the musical accompaniment shall not be permitted beyond 10:00p.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays, or beyond midnight  on Thursdays through Saturdays.

vii. Musical accompaniment shall only be performed in the interior of the restaurant; outdoor musical accompaniment shall be subject to the general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

Any musical accompaniment for patrons at a restaurant that is not in conformance with the above standards shall be subject to general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

b. A Special Event Permit may temporarily relieve a restaurant from standards of this section. Special Event Permits are limited to no more than ten (10) times a year for a total of thirty (30) days per year. Performances permitted by a Special Event Permit shall be a minimum of fourteen (14) days apart.

c. Restaurants are limited to a maximum of five-thousand (5,000) square feet of gross floor area.

d. Restaurants shall close by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, or by 1:00a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

18.11.C.4 Bar   

a.  Bars shall mitigate noise to those levels specified in the Noise Ordinance by soundproofing the live entertainment area.

18.11.C.5 Indoor Amusement Facility   

a.  An Indoor Amusement Facility is permitted to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on-site only one (1) hour prior to and one (1) hour after movie showings or other events.

18.11.C.6 Community Center, Cultural Facility, Micro-Brewery, Micro-Distillery or Wine Shop   

a. Musical accompaniment for patrons at a community center, cultural facility, micro-brewery, micro-distillery, or wine shop shall be permitted in conformance with the following standards:

i. During the performance of any musical accompaniment, all doors and windows in the establishment shall remain closed. Any amplification used in support of a musical accompaniment shall be directed toward the patrons of the restaurant, and not toward any door, window, or outdoor space.

ii. No cover charge shall be charged for any performance of any musical accompaniment.

iii. No more than ten percent (10%) of seating area may be dedicated to a staging area for any performance of musical accompaniment.

iv. Aside from the portion of the seating area dedicated to staging of the musical accompaniment, no seating area may be removed or relocated during the performance in order to accommodate an audience and/or dance area.

v. Performance of the musical accompaniment shall not be permitted beyond 11:00p.m. on Sundays through Thursday, or beyond 1:00a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Other hours may be approved through the conditional-use process.

vi. Musical accompaniment shall only be performed in the interior of the establishment; outdoor musical accompaniment shall be subject to the general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

Any musical accompaniment for patrons at a community center, cultural facility, micro-brewery, micro-distillery, or wine shop that is not in conformance with the above standards shall be subject to general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

b. A Special Event Permit may temporarily relieve a community center, cultural facility, micro-brewery, micro-distillery, or wine shop from standards of this section. Special Events Permits are limited to no more than ten (10) time a year for a total of thirty (30) days per year. Performances permitted by a Special Event Permit shall be a minimum of fourteen (14) days apart.

18.11.C.7 Premises with Alcoholic Beverage Permits   

a. All establishments with alcoholic beverage permits must submit a litter abatement plan inclusive of the placement of an outdoor trash receptacle for the approval of the Department of Sanitation. The approved litter-abatement plan shall be submitted to the Department of Safety and Permits prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Use and Occupancy.

b. All non-glass drink containers used by establishments with alcoholic beverage permits must feature the establishment’s logo.

18.12 AC-4 Arts and Culture Diversity Overlay District   

18.12.A Applicability   

The AC-4 Overlay District is intended to create an environment with additional opportunities for live entertainment at commercially-zoned sites along commercial corridors, as well as at small sites with commercial zoning that are interspersed within neighborhoods where arts and cultural uses have historically existed. The AC-4 Overlay District applies to the following area:

1.  All lots in non-residential districts bounded by Orleans Avenue/Basin Street, North Villere Street, St. Philip Street, North Rampart Street, St. Bernard Avenue (excluding properties that have frontage on St. Bernard Avenue), and both sides of North Claiborne Avenue.

18.12.B Uses   

18.12.B.1 Conditional Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as conditional uses subject to the use standards of Article 20 and Paragraph C below.

a.  Live Entertainment – Secondary Use

18.12.C Use Standards   

18.12.C.1 Live Entertainment – Secondary Use   

a.  All establishments providing live entertainment shall hold the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

b.  All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to a closed doors and windows policy during any performance.

c.  All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to the applicable noise, litter, and other laws of the City, including the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Building Code, City Code, and Life Safety Code.

d.  A bar may provide live entertainment, including a permanent area for dancing, but adult uses and karaoke are prohibited. All bars providing live entertainment shall hold a Class A General ABO Permit and the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

e.  Live entertainment performances are restricted to the hours between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Midnight on all days, provided that additional hours of operation may be considered and granted through the conditional use process.

18.12.C.2 Restaurant   

a. Musical accompaniment for patrons at a restaurant (standard or specialty), in conformance with the following use standards:

1. During the performance of any musical accompaniment, all doors and windows in the restaurant shall remain closed.  Any amplification used in support of a musical accompaniment shall be directed towards the patrons of the restaurant, and not toward any door, window or outdoor space.

2. No cover charge shall be charged for any performance of any musical accompaniment.

3. Full restaurant service shall continue during the performance of any musical accompaniment.

4. No more than ten percent (10%) of a restaurant’s seating area may be dedicated to a staging area for any performance of musical accompaniment.

5. Aside from the portion of the restaurant seating area dedicated to the staging of the musical accompaniment, no restaurant seating may be removed or relocated during the performance in order to accommodate an audience and/or dance area.

6. Performance of the musical accompaniment shall not be permitted beyond 10:00 p.m. on Sundays through Wednesdays, or beyond midnight on Thursdays through Saturdays.

7. Musical accompaniment shall only be performed in the interior of a restaurant; outdoor musical accompaniment shall be subject to the general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

Any musical accompaniment for patrons at a restaurant that is not in conformance with the above standards shall be subject to general Live Entertainment – Secondary Use regulations, as applicable.

b. A Special Event Permit may temporarily relieve a restaurant from standards of this section. Special Event Permits are limited to no more than ten (10) times a year for a total of thirty (30) days per year. Performances permitted by a Special Event Permit shall be a minimum of fourteen (14) days apart.

18.13 RIV Riverfront Design Overlay District   

18.13.A Applicability   

The RIV Riverfront Design Overlay District applies to all lots, excluding those developed with single-family or two-family dwellings, in the following locations:

1. The area bounded by Jackson Avenue, Tchoupitoulas Street, the Pontchartrain Expressway, and the Mississippi River;

2.  The area bounded by Esplanade Avenue, a line extending from the centerline of Esplanade Avenue between North Peters Street and the center of the Mississippi River, the Mississippi River, the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, a line extending from the centerline of Chartres Street between Poland Avenue and the center of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, Chartres Street, St. Ferdinand Street, Decatur Street, Elysian Fields Avenue, Chartres Street, the rear property line of lots with any frontage on Elysian Fields Avenue, Decatur Street, Frenchmen Street, and Decatur Street.

3.  The area bounded by Brooklyn Avenue, Powder Street, Pelican Avenue, a line extending from the centerline of Pelican Avenue to the Mississippi River, the Mississippi River, and the Orleans Parish/Jefferson Parish boundary line.

18.13.B Development Plan and Design Review Required   

Development plan and design review is required for any new structure, addition, or enlargement in accordance with the thresholds of applicability in Section 4.5.

18.13.C General Design Standards   

Any new structure, major renovation, or expansion within the RIV Overlay District is subject to the following general design standards:

1.  Within any yards of the development and the public right-of-way adjacent to the development, special finishes shall be included as part of a cohesive streetscape design. These include coordinated paving, design treatments for the pedestrian level, street lighting, and street furniture. The streetscape design shall be coordinated with the building design.

2.  Where possible, loading and service areas shall be internal to the development block and accessed through service corridors and not through pedestrian-oriented streets.

18.13.D Protection of View Corridors   

1.  No development may be located to block the view of the riverfront from any public right-of-way that extends to the riverfront or terminates prior to reaching the riverfront, but is within or abuts the boundaries of the RIV Overlay District. View corridors along such rights-of-way shall be the same width as the public street and continue to the riverfront through the overlay district as a straight line extension of the street.  The site plan submitted for site plan and design review shall indicate the location of any view corridor within the development site.

2.  Building projections, including but not limited to balconies, galleries, and overhangs, into any view corridor are limited no greater than ten percent (10%) of the width of the corridor. Such projections may encompass up to a maximum of twenty percent (20%) of the building façade abutting the view corridor.

3.  Landscaping, exterior lighting, or other outdoor public amenities may be located within the view corridor to enhance the environment.

4.  When permitted in the base zoning district, parking lots are permitted within a view corridor, provided that such parking does not encroach into the twelve (12) foot minimum public access areas.  

18.13.E Standards for Riverside of Floodwall or Levee   

18.13.E.1 Riverfront Promenade   

a.  A public access promenade shall be established by a servitude of no less than twenty-five (25) feet in width, of which a minimum of twelve (12) feet shall be a permanently constructed promenade. Such promenades shall include, at a minimum, a marked path for walking and/or walking and bicycling. Those areas of the twenty-five (25) foot servitude that do not consist of a permanently constructed promenade shall be landscaped and maintained in a manner that is visible to the public. The Executive Director of the City Planning Commission may allow a promenade or servitude of lesser width if it is demonstrated that doing so is functionally justified. Promenade servitudes shall be recorded in the office of the Clerk of Court of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court within one (1) month of approval by the Executive Director of the City Planning Commission and a copy of the recordation receipt shall be provided to the Executive Director.

b.  Servitude improvements shall be built and maintained by the property owner. Public access on private property is subject to reasonable rules and regulations as may be promulgated by the owner of such property and agreed to in writing by the Executive Director of the City Planning Commission. The completion of the promenade servitude shall coincide with the completion of the adjacent development on the property.

c.  Public access corridors providing connections between public streets abutting a riverfront property and a riverfront promenade shall be established. All public access corridors shall be included in the pedestrian promenade servitudes for the property where they are located and shall be recorded with the deed of the property in the manner set forth above. The widths of such required corridors may vary but shall be a minimum of twelve (12) feet in width and should exceed that width when feasible. They shall be open to the public and free of gates or other impeding obstacles, and shall provide constructed and marked paths for walking or for walking and bicycling. The property owner or the City may erect signs on these corridors to promote access and to provide rules and regulations for public use. Adequate lighting of these corridors, consistent with that of the promenade, is also required.

d.  No motor vehicles are permitted to use or cross the promenade or access corridor, except for emergency or necessary repair purposes. Any proposed road crossing of the promenade, either public or private, requires City Planning Commission approval.

e.  No mechanical or service equipment or service access may be located adjacent to the promenade servitude without full permanent screening.

18.13.E.2 Building Orientation Requirements   

a.  Blank walls along view corridors and promenades are prohibited. Primary or secondary building entrances are encouraged to be located on façades facing the promenade.

b.  The ground story façade of structures facing a promenade maintain a transparency of forty percent (40%). Windows shall be constructed of clear or lightly tinted glass. Tinting above twenty percent (20%) or reflective glass is prohibited.

c.  No overhead service doors or bays may face the promenade. Loading and service areas shall be internal to the development block and accessed through service corridors and not through pedestrian-oriented streets or promenades.

18.13.F Standards for the Land Side of the Floodwall or Levee   

1.  Buildings shall be built along the lot lines along the major access corridors.

2.  Pedestrian and main entrances shall be located on the major corridor. Curb cuts should be located on the side streets, if possible.

3.  Except for single-family and two-family dwellings, buildings shall contain ground floor non-residential uses.

4.  Building façades shall contain variation in façade materials, offsets, fenestration, etc. in order to eliminate blank walls along the corridors.

5.  Developments shall contribute to traffic signaling or lane striping if deemed necessary by the Director of the Department of Public Works.

6.  Buildings shall be designed with galleries, awnings, canopies, and other weather protection devices.

7.  Historic buildings shall be retained and reused to the greatest extent possible.

8. To the greatest extent possible, site and building design under this Section should be crafted so as to complement the design of the adjacent structures.

18.13.G Riverfront Gateway Design Standards and Height Limit Increases   

Certain areas along the riverfront act as gateways to the riverfront and are key to improving and encouraging pedestrian access from the surrounding neighborhoods to the river through the use of special design features. Incorporating superior design elements in a development within one of these areas qualifies a development for consideration of an increase height and/or density, in accordance with the following provisions:

1. Gateways areas are defined as the areas bounded by:

a. Esplanade Avenue, a line extending from the centerline of Esplanade Avenue between North Peters Street and the center of the Mississippi River, the Mississippi River, the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, a line extending from the centerline of Chartres Street between Poland Avenue and the center of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, Chartres Street, St. Ferdinand Street, Decatur Street, Elysian Fields Avenue, Chartres Street, the rear property line of lots with any frontage on Elysian Fields Avenue, Decatur Street, Frenchmen Street, and Decatur Street on the East Bank of the Mississippi River;

b. the area bounded by the levee along the Mississippi River, the Orleans Parish/Jefferson Parish boundary line, Brooklyn Avenue, Powder Street, and Pelican  Avenue, and a line extending from the centerline of Pelican Avenue to the levee on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.

2. To be eligible for consideration of an increase in the height limit, a development shall meet the design standards above, in addition to the following additional standards:

a. Developments shall include landscaped public open space, public plazas, and/or sidewalk/open air cafés with direct visual access to the River, subject to the Public Plaza Standards and Guidelines contained within Section 17.5.F.2 except that the plaza may be located more than three (3) feet above the adjacent sidewalk area in order to provide better views.

b. Developments shall be designed utilizing energy efficient design or other innovative sustainable design characteristics, sufficient to achieve a recognized green building certification, such as LEED (Leadership in energy & Environmental Design), Home Energy Rating System, Enterprise Green Communities, National Green Building Standard, Energy Star for Buildings Program, Net-Zero Energy Building, or another similar certification approved by the Director of the Department of Safety and Permits, and which is subject to the Whole Building Sustainability Standards and Guidelines contained within Section 17.5.C.2.

c.  At least ten percent (10%) of dwelling units shall be reserved as affordable for households with incomes equal to or below eighty percent (80%) of area median income (AMI), with at least half of such affordable dwelling units containing two (2) or more bedrooms.  The development shall be subject to the Affordable Housing Standards and Guidelines contained within Sections 17.5.H.2.a and  17.5.H.2.b. The affordable dwelling units shall be located within the same structure as the market-rate dwelling units in the development, shall be comparable to market-rate dwelling units in the development in terms of exterior design and finishes, and shall not be concentrated in any one area of the development.

d. In lieu of item 2.a above, a development may be eligible for a density bonus if the developer makes a substantial contribution to a new floodwall bridge, rail crossing, or other capital improvement which significantly increases public access to the riverfront. Such an improvement shall only be considered if, at the time of the application, the improvement is included as a priority project in the City’s Capital Improvements Plan, and/or included in the City’s Capital Budget. For purposes of this provision, “substantial contribution” shall mean a financial contribution of at least 50% of the cost of the improvement, but not less than $250,000, provided that at the time of the application, commitments exist from other sources ensuring that any  remaining funds necessary to complete the cost of the improvement will be  available  within one (1) year of the date of the application. For purposes of clarity, any contribution made pursuant to this provision shall not be used to waive the standards provided in subsections 2.b or 2.c above.

3. For any property located within an area defined above as a gateway, development proposals which incorporate  the design standards required in Section 2 above shall be entitled to the following:  (i) an increase in the height limit up to two (2) stories, but no greater than twenty-five (25) feet beyond the height limit of the underlying zoning district,  (ii)  an increase of an additional 1.5 FAR Above the maximum FAR permitted in the underlying zoning district, and (iii) the elimination of any Minimum Lot Area per dwelling unit requirement applicable in an underlying zoning district.

4.  All application requesting a development bonus for providing affordable housing shall include an Affordable Housing Impact Statement (AHIS) with the application.  The AHIS shall provide the following information:

a. The number of units added at the Area Medium Income Levels (AMI) at or below 80%, 50%, and 30%.

b. The number of units removed at the Area Medium Income Levels at or below 80%, 50%, and 30%.

c. The bedroom mix of the unit to be added or removed (1, 2, 3, 4, etc. bedrooms).

d. The total number of units added and total number of units removed.

Requests for height and density bonuses pursuant to this Section shall be considered and approved through the conditional use process provided in Section 4.3.

Adopted by Ord. 27,377 MCS, §10, April 28, 2017, Zoning Docket 007-17

18.14 CPC Character Preservation Corridor Design Overlay District   

18.14.A Development Plan and Design Review Required   

Development plan and design review is required for any new structure, addition, or enlargement in accordance with the thresholds of applicability in Section 4.5 as well as any additional thresholds of applicability of the CPC Overlay District.

18.14.B Additional Design Review Approval Standards   

In addition to the development plan and design review standards of Section 4.5, the following additional approval standards shall be considered:

1. Design shall be compatible in scale, materials, street level uses, and spatial relationships with existing development in historic districts that retain unique character.

2. Design shall preserve the rhythm of the street, doorways, and windows, although minor variations to add interest are allowed.

3. Street façades shall be articulated with no blank walls along the street.

4. All sides and areas of structures visible to the public shall be treated with materials, finishes and architectural details appropriate to primary street-facing façades.

18.14.C CPC Overlay District Sub-Districts and Areas of Applicability   

The CPC Overlay District contains the following sub-districts and areas of applicability:

18.14.C.1 CPC-1 Magazine Street Sub-District   

The CPC-1 Magazine Street Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Magazine Street between the Pontchartrain Expressway and Leake Avenue. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue;

b. Magazine Street and Washington Avenue;

c. Magazine Street and Louisiana Avenue;

d. Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue;

e. Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue;

f. Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue.

18.14.C.2 CPC-2 St. Charles Avenue Sub-District   

The CPC-2 St. Charles Avenue Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on St. Charles Avenue between the Pontchartrain Expressway and Leake Avenue. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. St. Charles Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Melpomene Avenue;

b. St. Charles Avenue and Jackson Avenue;

c. St. Charles Avenue and Washington Avenue;

d. St. Charles Avenue and Louisiana Avenue;

e. St. Charles Avenue and Napoleon Avenue;

f. St. Charles Avenue and Jefferson Avenue;

g. St. Charles Avenue and Nashville Avenue;

h. St. Charles Avenue and Broadway Street;

i. St. Charles Avenue and South Carrollton Avenue.

18.15 EC Enhancement Corridor Design Overlay District   

18.15.A Development Plan and Design Review Required   

Development plan and design review is required for any new structure, addition, or enlargement in accordance with the thresholds of applicability in Section 4.5 as well as any additional thresholds of applicability of the EC Overlay District.

18.15.B Additional Design Review Approval Standards   

In addition to the development plan and design review standards of Section 4.5, the following additional approval standards shall be considered:

1. Development shall promote safe, convenient, and attractive pedestrian and bicycle access.

2. Compact neighborhood centers shall be created at major intersections to the extent possible in order to support transit.

3. Development shall ensure compatibility between commercial uses and surrounding residential areas.

4. The architectural design should be consistent with the context, character, scale and materials of structures in the adjacent areas.

5. Neon signage is prohibited on the interior or exterior of windows, other than an “open” sign.

18.15.C EC Overlay District Sub-Districts and Areas of Applicability   

The EC Overlay District contains the following sub-districts and areas of applicability:

18.15.C.1 EC-1 Upper Tchoupitoulas Street Sub-District   

The EC-1 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on either side of Tchoupitoulas Street from Jackson Avenue to Audubon Park, excluding any portion of a lot on the riverside of the floodwall. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Sections 4.5, the following developments are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. The forty-thousand (40,000) square foot threshold within Sections 4.5 is reduced to twenty-thousand (20,000) square feet of gross floor area on the lake side of Tchoupitoulas Street west of or upriver from Jackson Avenue, including any areas within the RIV Overlay District.

18.15.C.2 EC-2 North/South Claiborne Avenues Sub-District   

The EC-2 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on North and South Claiborne Avenues within the boundaries of the City. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. North Claiborne Avenue and Tupelo Street;

b. North Claiborne Avenue and Caffin Avenue;

c. North Claiborne Avenue and Forstall Street;

d. North Claiborne Avenue and Poland Avenue;

e. North Claiborne Avenue and Louisa Street;

f. North Claiborne Avenue and Franklin Avenue;

g. North Claiborne Avenue and Elysian Fields Avenue;

h. North Claiborne Avenue and St. Bernard Avenue;

i. North Claiborne Avenue and Esplanade Avenue;

j. North Claiborne Avenue and Basin Street/Orleans Avenue;

k. North Claiborne Avenue and Lafitte Avenue;

l. North Claiborne Avenue and St. Louis Street;

m. North Claiborne Avenue and Bienville Avenue;

n. North/South Claiborne Avenue and Canal Street;

o. South Claiborne Avenue and Tulane Avenue;

p. South Claiborne Avenue and Earhart Boulevard;

q. South Claiborne Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard;

r. South Claiborne Avenue and Jackson Avenue;

s. South Claiborne Avenue and Washington Avenue;

t. South Claiborne Avenue and Toledano Street;

u. South Claiborne Avenue and Louisiana Avenue;

v. South Claiborne Avenue and Napoleon Avenue;

w. South Claiborne Avenue and Jefferson Avenue;

x. South Claiborne Avenue and Nashville Avenue;

y. South Claiborne Avenue and Broadway Street;

z. South Claiborne Avenue and South Carrollton Avenue;

aa. South Claiborne Avenue and Leonidas Street.

18.15.C.3 EC-3 North/South Broad Street Sub-District   

The EC-3 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on North and South Broad Streets between Treasure Street and Napoleon Avenue. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the  developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. North Broad Street and Treasure Street;

b. North Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue;

c. North Broad Street and Bayou Road;

d. North Broad Street and Esplanade Avenue;

e. North Broad Street and Ursulines Avenue;

f. North Broad Street and Orleans Avenue;

g. North Broad Street and Lafitte Avenue;

h. North Broad Street and St. Louis Street;

i. North Broad Street and Bienville Avenue;

j. North/South Broad Street and Canal Street;

k. South Broad Street and Banks Street;

l. South Broad Street and Tulane Avenue;

m. South Broad Street and Earhart Boulevard;

n. South Broad Street and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.

18.15.C.4 EC-4 North/South Jefferson Davis Parkway Sub-District   

The EC-4 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on North and South Jefferson Davis Parkways between Lafitte Avenue and Walmsley Avenue. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the  developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. North Jefferson Davis Parkway and Lafitte Avenue;

b. North Jefferson Davis Parkway and Conti Street;

c. North/South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street;

d. South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Tulane Avenue;

e. South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Washington Avenue.

18.15.C.5 EC-5 North/South Carrollton Avenue Sub-District   

The EC-5 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on North and South Carrollton Avenues between Leake Avenue and City Park Avenue. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the  developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. North Carrollton Avenue and St. Louis Street;

b. North/South Carrollton Avenue and Canal Street;

c. South Carrollton Avenue and Tulane Avenue;

d. South Carrollton Avenue and Washington Avenue/Palmetto Street;

e. South Carrollton Avenue and Earhart Boulevard;

f. South Carrollton Avenue and South Claiborne Avenue;

g. South Carrollton Avenue and St Charles Avenue.

18.15.C.6 EC-6 Earhart Boulevard/Calliope Street Sub-District   

The EC-6 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Earhart Boulevard/Calliope Street and its extension between the Orleans Parish/Jefferson Parish boundary line and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the  developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Earhart Boulevard and South Broad Street;

b. Earhart Boulevard and South Claiborne Avenue;

c. Earhart Boulevard and Simon Bolivar Avenue;

d. Calliope Street and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

18.15.C.7 EC-7 Tulane Avenue Sub-District   

The EC-7 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Tulane Avenue between South Rampart Street and South Hennessey Street. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the  developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Tulane Avenue and South Carrollton Avenue;

b. Tulane Avenue and Jefferson Davis Parkway;

c. Tulane Avenue and South Broad Street;

d. Tulane Avenue and South Claiborne Avenue;

e. Tulane Avenue and Loyola Avenue//Elk Place;

f. Tulane Avenue and South Rampart Street.

18.15.C.8 EC-8 Canal Street Sub-District   

The EC-8 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Canal Street between the North/South Rampart Street and City Park Avenue. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the  developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Canal Street and North/South Carrollton;

b. Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway;

c. Canal Street and North/South Broad Street;

d. Canal Street and North/South Claiborne Avenue;

e. Canal Street and North/South Rampart Street.

18.15.C.9 EC-9 St. Bernard Avenue Sub-District   

The EC-9 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on St. Bernard Avenue between North Rampart Street/McShane Place and Harrison Avenue. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the  developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. St. Bernard Avenue and North Rampart Street/McShane Place;

b. St. Bernard Avenue and North Claiborne Avenue;

c. St. Bernard Avenue and North Broad Street.

18.15.C.10 EC-10 Elysian Fields Avenue Sub-District   

The EC-10 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Elysian Fields Avenue between North Peters Street and Lake Shore Drive. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the  developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Elysian Fields Avenue and St. Claude Avenue;

b. Elysian Fields Avenue and North Claiborne Avenue;

c. Elysian Fields Avenue and Gentilly Boulevard;

d. Elysian Fields Avenue and Fillmore Street;

e. Elysian Fields Avenue and Robert E Lee Boulevard.

18.15.C.11 EC-11 Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue Sub-District   

The EC-11 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue between Iberville Street and the Orleans Parish/St. Bernard Parish boundary, with the exception that it does not apply to lots located within the boundaries of the Vieux Carré Historic District. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. North Rampart Street/McShane Place and St. Bernard Avenue;

b. St. Claude Avenue and Elysian Fields Avenue; 

c. St. Claude Avenue and Franklin Avenue;

d. St. Claude Avenue and Louisa Street;

e. St. Claude Avenue and Poland Avenue;

f. St. Claude Avenue and Forstall Street;

g. St. Claude Avenue and Caffin Avenue;

h. St. Claude Avenue and Tupelo Street.

18.15.C.12 EC-12 Oak Street Sub-District   

The EC-12 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Oak Street between South Carrollton Avenue and the Orleans Parish/Jefferson Parish boundary line. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Oak Street and Leonidas Street.

18.15.C.13 EC-13 St. Roch Avenue Sub-District   

The EC-13 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on St. Roch Avenue between St. Claude Avenue and North Roman Street. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. St. Roch Avenue and St. Claude Avenue;

b. St. Roch Avenue and North Claiborne Avenue.

18.15.C.14 EC-14 Orleans Avenue/Basin Street Sub-District   

The EC-14 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Orleans Avenue/Basin Street between St. Louis Street and North Broad Street. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Orleans Avenue and North Claiborne Avenue;

b. Orleans Avenue and North Galvez Street;

c. Orleans Avenue and North Miro Street.

18.15.C.15 EC-15 Washington Avenue/Toledano Street Sub-District   

The EC-15 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Washington Avenue between South Jefferson Davis Parkway and South Dorgenois and all lots with frontage on Toledano Street between South Broad Street and South Claiborne Avenue. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Washington Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway;

b. Washington Avenue and South Broad Street;

c. Toledano Street and South Galvez Street.

18.15.C.16 EC-16 Freret Street/La Salle Street/Louisiana Avenue/Simon Bolivar Avenue Sub-District   

The EC-16 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Freret Street between Napoleon Avenue and Louisiana Avenue, all lots with frontage on Louisiana Avenue between South Claiborne Avenue and La Salle Street, all lots with frontage on La Salle Street between Louisiana Avenue and First Street, and all lots with frontage on Simon Bolivar Avenue between First Street and the Pontchartrain Expressway. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

1. Freret Street and Louisiana Avenue;

2. Louisiana Avenue and Toledano Street;

3. Louisiana Avenue and La Salle Street;

4. La Salle Street and Washington Avenue;

5. La Salle Street and First Street;

6. Simon Bolivar Avenue and Jackson Avenue;

7. Simon Bolivar Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard;

8. Simon Bolivar Avenue and Earhart Boulevard.

18.15.C.17 EC-17 Oretha Castle Haley Sub-District   

The EC-17 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard between the Pontchartrain Expressway and Philip Street. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Jackson Avenue;

b. Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Felicity Street;

c. Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard;

d. Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and the Pontchartrain Expressway.

18.15.C.18 EC-18 Gentilly Sub-District   

The EC-18 Sub-District applies to all lots with frontage on Gentilly Boulevard between St. Bernard Avenue and the Peoples Avenue Canal, and to all lots within the area bounded by St. Denis Street, Gentilly Boulevard, Norman Mayer Avenue, St. Anthony Avenue, Mandolin Street, Elysian Fields Avenue, St. Aloysius Drive, Mandeville Street, Gentilly Boulevard, Fairmont Drive, Monterey Street, and Elysian Fields Avenue. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5, the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

a. Gentilly Boulevard and Paris Avenue;

b. Gentilly Boulevard and Peoples Avenue.

18.16 CT Corridor Transformation Design Overlay District   

18.16.A Development Plan and Design Review Required   

Development plan and design review is required for any new structure, addition, or enlargement in accordance with the thresholds of applicability in Section 4.5 as well as any additional thresholds of applicability of the CT Overlay District.

18.16.B Additional Design Review Approval Standards   

In addition to the site plan and design review standards of Section 4.5, the following additional approval standards shall be considered:

1. Development should promote pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly environments.

2. Planned developments and development at designated major intersections should include a well-designed and functional public realm, which provides publicly-accessible amenities.

3.  Parking should not be the dominant visual element of the site along the primary frontage. Parking should be designed as smaller multiple parking lots separated by landscape and buildings, or placement behind buildings.

4. The architectural design should be consistent with the context, character, scale and materials of structures in the adjacent areas.

5. Compact, transit-ready neighborhood centers with walkable environments should be created where future “bus rapid transit” stops are expected.

6. Development facing the lakefront and facing or adjacent to man-made water bodies should enhance the waterfront context, including creation of amenities through stormwater management.

7. Neon signage is prohibited on the interior or exterior of windows, other than an “open” sign.

18.16.C CT Overlay District Sub-Districts   

The CT Corridor Transformation Overlay District contains the following sub-districts:

18.16.C.1 CT-1 Eastern New Orleans Renaissance Corridor Sub-District   

a. The CT-1 Sub-District applies to the following lots:

i. All lots bounded by Bullard Avenue, Hayne Boulevard, the Jahncke Canal, and Chef Menteur Highway, and all lots fronting on the west side of Bullard Avenue between Hayne Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway.

ii. All lots with frontage on Crowder Boulevard between Hayne Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway.

iii. All lots with frontage on Read Boulevard between Hayne Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway.

iv. All lots fronting on Hayne Boulevard between Jourdan Road and Interstate 510.

v. All lots fronting on Morrison Road between Jourdan Road and Interstate 510.

vi. All lots fronting on Lake Forest Boulevard between Mayo Road and Interstate 510 and continuing one block in depth along Six Flags Parkway between Interstate 510 and Michoud Boulevard.

vii. All lots fronting on Bundy Road between Hayne Boulevard and Chef Menteur Highway.

viii. All lots fronting on Interstate 10 and Interstate 510 and the service roads on both sides of Interstate 10 and Interstate 510 east of the Industrial Canal.

ix. All lots fronting on Chef Menteur Highway for the entirety of its length from the Industrial Canal to the Michoud Levee and along Downman Road for the entirety of its length from Chef Menteur Highway to Lake Pontchartrain.

b. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5,  the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

i. Hayne Boulevard and Downman Road;

ii. Morrison Road and Downman Road;

iii. Morrison Road and Bundy Road;

iv. Morrison Road and Read Boulevard;

v. Morrison Road and Wright Road/Lucerne Street;

vi. Morrison Road and Bullard Avenue;

vii. Morrison Road and Gannon Road;

viii. Interstate 10 Service Road and Crowder Boulevard;

ix. Interstate 10 Service Road and Bundy Road;

x. Interstate 10 Service Road and Read Boulevard;

xi. Interstate 10 Service Road and Wright Road;

xii. Interstate 10 Service Road and Bullard Avenue;

xiii. Dwyer Road and Downman Road;

xiv. Dwyer Road and Mayo Road;

xv. Dwyer Road and Crowder Boulevard;

xvi. Dwyer Road and Bundy Road;

xvii. Dwyer Road and Read Boulevard;

xviii. Dwyer Road and Bullard Avenue;

xix. Chef Menteur Highway and Interstate 10;

xx. Chef Menteur Highway and Wilson Avenue;

xxi. Chef Menteur Highway and Crowder Boulevard;

xxii. Chef Menteur Highway and Bundy Road;

xxiii. Chef Menteur Highway and Read Boulevard;

xxiv. Chef Menteur Highway and Wright Road;

xxv. Chef Menteur Highway and Bullard Avenue;

xxvi. Chef Menteur Highway and Michoud Boulevard;

xxvii. Chef Menteur Highway and Alcee Fortier Boulevard.

18.16.C.2 CT-2 West Bank Corridor Sub-District   

a. The CT-2 Sub-District applies to the following lots:

i. All lots along General DeGaulle Drive/Woodland Highway between the Westbank Expressway and the Intracoastal Waterway;

ii. All lots with frontage on Behrman Place and Behrman Highway between General DeGaulle Drive and the Orleans Parish/Jefferson Parish boundary line;

iii. All lots along within the entirety of all non-residential zoning districts that abut General Meyer Avenue between Behrman Avenue and Bennett Street; and

iv. All lots with frontage on Holiday Drive between General DeGaulle Drive and Behrman Place.  

b. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5,  the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

i. General DeGaulle Boulevard and MacArthur Boulevard; and

ii. General DeGaulle Boulevard and Woodland Drive.

18.16.C.3 CT-3 Gentilly/Lakeview Corridor Sub-District   

a. The CT-3 Sub-District applies to the following lots:

i. All lots with frontage on Harrison Avenue between Orleans Avenue and the 17th Street Canal;

ii. All lots with frontage on Robert E Lee Boulevard between West End Boulevard and Peoples Avenue.

b. In addition to the thresholds of applicability for development plan and design review in Section 4.5,  the developments on lots within the entirety of each block located at the following intersections are also subject to development plan and design review:

i. Harrison Avenue and Canal Boulevard;

ii. Harrison Avenue and Argonne Boulevard;

iii. Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Canal Boulevard;

iv. Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Paris Avenue;

v. Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Elysian Fields Avenue;

vi. Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Franklin Avenue;

vii. Canal Boulevard and Aymard Court;

viii. Canal Boulevard and Homedale Street.

18.17 GC Greenway Corridor Design Overlay District   

18.17.A Applicability   

The GC Greenway Corridor Design Overlay District is intended as an overlay district to promote an active public edge by ensuring pedestrian and bicycle-oriented design in new development and redevelopment on lots fronting officially designated greenways. The GC Greenway Corridor Design Overlay District applies to the following areas:

1. All lots within blocks located adjacent to or across a public right-of-way from the Lafitte Greenway. For the purposes of this section, the Lafitte Greenway is defined as: (1.) the area bounded by Basin Street, Lafitte Avenue, North Jefferson Davis Parkway, and St. Louis Street; and (2) the entirety of the St. Louis Street right-of-way between North Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Boulevard.

18.17.B Development Plan and Design Review Required   

Development plan and design review is required for any new structure, addition, or enlargement in accordance with the thresholds of applicability in Section 4.5.

18.17.C Additional Design Review Approval Standards   

In addition to the site plan and design review standards of Section 4.5, the following additional approval standards shall be considered:

1.  New development should promote safe, convenient and attractive pedestrian and bicycle access to the greenway.

2. Main pedestrian entrances of new developments shall be oriented, wherever possible, toward the greenway and toward major streets that intersect the greenway, and shall be clearly articulated through façade variations, overhangs, and/or other design elements.

3. Curb cuts and loading and service areas shall not be located adjacent to or facing the greenway or along major streets intersecting the greenway, wherever possible. Where curb cuts, loading and service areas and vehicular parking must be located adjacent to or facing a greenway or on a major street intersecting the greenway, they shall be designed to minimize conflicts between motorized vehicles and pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

4.  Building façades shall contain variation in façade materials, and shall employ offsets, fenestration, bays and balconies, etc. in order to eliminate blank walls, enhance the architectural character of development in the greenway corridor, and encourage passive surveillance of the greenway. The ground floor walls of commercial uses shall maintain a transparency of forty percent (40%). Windows shall be constructed of clear or lightly tinted glass. Tinting above twenty percent (20%) or reflective glass is prohibited.

5.  Surface parking lots shall be set back a minimum of ten feet (10’) from a property line adjacent to or facing a greenway, with a landscape buffer provided.

6. No billboard may be erected, constructed, altered, maintained, or relocated within the GC Greenway Corridor Design Overlay District.

7. Neon signage is prohibited on the interior or exterior of windows, other than an “open” sign.

18.18 HU-B1A Use Restriction Overlay District   

18.18.A Applicability   

HU-B1A Use Restriction Overlay applies to the following areas of applicability:

1. All lots zoned HU-B1A Historic Urban Neighborhood Business District in the area bounded by the Mississippi River, Canal Street, traveling Northwest Canal Street to South Robertson, traveling Northeast on South Robertson to St. Louis Street to North Broad Street to Bayou Road, traveling Northwest on Bayou Road to Gentilly Boulevard, traveling Northeast on Gentilly Boulevard to Desaix Boulevard, traveling West on Desaix Boulevard to Wisner Boulevard, traveling South on Wisner Boulevard to City Park Avenue, traveling West on City Park Avenue to Pontchartrain Boulevard and then West on Metairie Road to the Orleans/Jefferson parish line, and from Orleans/Jefferson parish line to the Mississippi River.

18.18.B Use Restrictions   

1. When allowed as a permitted use in the base zoning district, the following use requires conditional use approval in accordance with Section 4.3, subject to the use standards of Article 20.3.ZZ.

a. Restaurant, Standard

b. Alcohol beverage sales in an existing standard restaurant if not already permitted by a conditional use.

c. Notwithstanding the definition of live entertainment, secondary use, as described in Section 26.6, any live performance in a standard restaurant shall be a conditional use.

18.19 LAS LaSalle Street Overlay District   

18.19.A Applicability   

The LAS Overlay District is intended to create an environment with additional opportunities for live entertainment at commercially-zoned sites along commercial corridors, as well as at small sites with commercial zoning that are interspersed within neighborhoods where arts and cultural uses have historically existed. The LAS Overlay District applies to the following area:

1.  All lots in non-residential districts bounded by Louisiana Avenue and Washington Avenue with building frontages on LaSalle Street.

18.19.B Uses   

18.19.B.1 Conditional Uses   

In addition to all uses authorized in the base district, the following uses are allowed as conditional uses subject to the use standards of Article 20 and Paragraph C below.

a. Live Entertainment – Secondary Use

b. Hotel/Motel

18.19.C Use Standards   

18.19.C.1 Live Entertainment – Secondary Use   

a. All establishments providing live entertainment shall hold the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

b. All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to a closed doors and windows policy during any performance.

c. All establishments providing live entertainment are subject to the applicable noise, litter, and other laws of the City, including the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Building Code, City Code, and Life Safety Code.

d. A bar may provide live entertainment, including a permanent area for dancing, but adult uses and karaoke are prohibited. All bars providing live entertainment shall hold a Class A General ABO Permit and the appropriate Live Entertainment Permit.

e. Live entertainment performances are restricted to the hours between 10:00a.m. and 12:00 Midnight on all days, provided that additional hours of operation may be considered and granted through the conditional use process.

18.20 Magazine Street Use Restriction Overlay District   

18.20.A Applicability   

The Magazine & Maple Street Use Restriction Overlay applies to the following sub-districts and areas of applicability:

1. All lots within the HU-B1 Historic Urban Neighborhood Business District on the squares with Magazine Street frontage from Race Street including the riverside downriver corner, to Philip Street, including the riverside, upriver corner; all lots within the HU-B1 District on squares with frontage on Sophie Wright Place from Magazine Street to Race Street.

2. All lots within the HU-B1 Historic Urban Neighborhood Business or HU-MU Historic Urban Mixed Use Districts on squares with Magazine Street frontage between Washington Avenue, including the downriver corners, and Henry Clay Avenue.

18.20.B Use Restrictions   

18.20.B.1 Conditional Uses   

When allowed as a permitted use in the base zoning district, the following use requires conditional use approval in accordance with Section 4.3, subject to the use standards of Article 20.3.ZZ.

a. Restaurant, Standard

b. Alcohol beverage sales in an existing standard restaurant if not already permitted by a conditional use

c. Notwithstanding the definition of live entertainment, secondary use, as described in Section 26.6, any live performance in a standard restaurant shall be a conditional use.

18.21 Jackson Avenue Use Restriction Overlay District   

18.21.A Applicability   

The Jackson Avenue Use Restriction Overlay applies to all residentially zoned lots forming the upriver side of Jackson Avenue between St. Charles Avenue and Prytania Street. 

18.21.B Use Restrictions   

18.21.B.1 Conditional Uses   

When allowed a permitted use in the same base zoning district, the following uses require conditional use approval in accordance with Section 4.3.

1. Day Care Home, Adult or Child – Small

18.21.B.2 Prohibited   

The following uses are prohibited:

1. Neighborhood Commercial Establishment

18.22 Annunciation Street Overlay District   

18.22.A Applicability   

The Annunciation Street Overlay District is intend to create additional height and floor allowances while also providing additional use restrictions and additional permitted uses in the following area:

1. All property in square 116, located at 1301 Annunciation Street.

18.22.B Minimum Lot Area   

Multi-Family dwelling developments within this district shall be allowed a minimum lot area of 535 square feet per dwelling unit.

Adopted by Ord. No. 27,406, §1, May 24, 2017, Zoning Docket 13/17

18.22.C Maximum Height and Floors   

Main structures on applicable lots within the Annunciation Street Overlay District may have a height of up to 60 feet and may have up to four (4) floors.

Adopted by Ord. No. 27,406, §1, May 24, 2017, Zoning Docket 13/17

18.22.D Use Restrictions   

18.22.D.1 Prohibited   

 The following uses are prohibited:

1. Gas Stations

2. Parking Lots (Principal Use)

3. Parking Structure (Principal Use)

18.22.D.2 Conditional Uses   

The following uses are conditional:

1. Hotel

18.22.E Permitted Uses   

The following uses are permitted:

1. Mini-Warehouse 

18.23 Canal Street Height Overlay District   

18.23.A Applicability   

The Canal Street Height Overlay District is intended to create additional height and floor allowances for sites adjacent to the Life Sciences Mixed Use District.  The Canal Street Height Overlay District applies to the following area:

1. All lots within the MU-1 Mixed-Use District and HU-MU Historic Urban Neighborhood Mixed-Use District within squares with frontage on Canal Street between Dorgenois Street and Claiborne Avenue.

18.23.B Maximum Height and Floors   

Main structures on applicable lots within the Canal Street Height Overlay District may have a height of up to 85 feet and may have up to seven floors.

18.24 SCC South of Convention Center Height Overlay District   

Adopted by Jan. 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 102-16, Ord. 27,261 MCS, §1

18.24.A Applicability   

The SCC South of Convention Center Height Overlay District creates a process to allow for additional height in the South of Convention Center opportunity site.  The SCC South of Convention Center Height Overlay District applies to the following area:

  1. The area bounded by the Henderson Street, the Mississippi River floodwall, Orange Street, and Tchoupitoulas Street.

Adopted by Ord. 27,261 MCS, §1, Jan. 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 102-16

18.24.B Development Plan and Design Review Required   

Development plan and design review is required for any new structure, addition, or enlargement in accordance with the thresholds of applicability in Section 4.5.

Adopted by Ord. 27,261 MCS, §1, Jan. 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 102-16

18.24.C Design Standards and Traffic Impact Analysis   

  1. Any new structure, major renovation, or expansion shall be subject to the design standard requirements within base zoning district and the RIV Overlay District.
  2. Any new structure, addition, or enlargement requesting a Planned Development in the SCC Overlay District shall prepare a Traffic Impact Analysis.  The applicant shall be required to address the traffic impacts from the development.

Adopted by Ord. 27,261 MCS, §1, Jan. 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 102-16

18.24.D Maximum Building Height   

  1. The maximum building height shall be established by the underlying zoning district.  Height Bonuses can be granted through an approved Planned Development.  The maximum height development bonus of 50% shall not apply in the SCC Overlay District.
  2. In addition to the height bonus provision in Article 5, additional height bonuses of up to 400 feet can be considered through the Planned Development process in accordance with the criteria in Section 18.24.D.3.
  3. Additional height bonuses can be granted for developments that met one or more of the following criteria.  The amount of the height bonus shall depend on the amount, size, and significance of the criteria below.
    1. A development that provides parks, open spaces, or plazas that are open and available to the public.
    2. A development site that is designed to meet transit-oriented development standards.
    3. A development that constructs or makes financial contributions to improve the surrounding transportation network.
    4. A development that provides affordable housing.  At a minimum, at least five percent (5%) of the development's dwelling unit shall be reserved as affordable for households with incomes equal to or below eighty percent (80%) of area median income (AMI).

Adopted by Ord. 27,261 MCS, §1, Jan. 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 102-16

18.25 SBA St. Bernard Avenue Overlay District   

Adopted by Ord. No. 27,459, §1, July 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 35/17

18.25.A Applicability   

The SBA St. Bernard Avenue Overlay District is intended to create density allowances for sites maintaining frontage along St. Bernard Avenue while also reducing the parking requirement for Residential Care Facilities.

  1. The SBA St. Bernard Avenue Overlay District applies to all properties that allow multi-family development and Residential Care Facilities on blocks with frontage on St. Bernard Avenue from the I-10 overpass/North Claiborne Avenue to North Dorgenois Street that require Article 4, Section 4.5 Development and Design Review approval.

Adopted by Ord. No. 27,459, §1, July 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 35/17

18.25.B Density Bonus for SBA St. Bernard Avenue Overlay District   

In the establishment and authorization of a development in the SBA St. Bernard Avenue Overlay 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

Adopted by Ord. No. 27,459, §1, July 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 35/17

18.25.C Additional Density Bonus for SBA St. Bernard Overlay District   

Residential Care Facility projects providing affordable senior housing located within the SBA St. Bernard Overlay District and exceeding the baseline density bonus as stated above in Section 18.25.B, may be awarded an additional thirty percent (30%) reduction for a maximum of sixty percent (60%) reduction in the minimum lot area per dwelling unit requirements and may also receive a maximum height allowance of fifty-five feet (55').

  1. The development provides an affordable senior housing component in a Residential Care Facility on-site.  Affordable senior 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 the thresholds in Section 18.25B, the following threshold, and maintains affordability for a period of at least fifty (50) years.
    1. Projects providing more than fifty percent (50%) of units aside at sixty percent (60%) or less AMI should yield a sixty percent (60%) reduction in the minimum lot area per dwelling unit requirements and a maximum height allowance of fifty-five feet (55').

Adopted by Ord. No. 27,459, §1, July 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 35/17

18.25.D Reduced Off-Street Parking Allowance   

Residential Care Facility projects providing affordable senior housing and meeting the Density Bonus thresholds outlines in sections 18.25B and 18.25C shall be required to provide a minimum of .25 off-street parking spaces per dwelling unit.

Adopted by Ord. No. 27,459, §1, July 20, 2017, Zoning Docket 35/17

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