Article 7 Open Space Districts

PURPOSE OF THE OPEN SPACE DISTRICTS

The Open Space Districts provide residents with access to active and passive recreation areas, protect the City’s cemeteries, and preserve national resources within the wetlands and coastal areas. In some districts, only limited development is appropriate such as cultural facilities while in other areas the predominant character should emphasize the natural environment.

CHARACTER OF THE OPEN SPACE DISTRICTS

The character of the Open Space Districts is defined by:

»         Neighborhood open space designed for active and passive recreation for local residents in the surrounding neighborhoods

»         Linear greenways that include pedestrian trails and bike paths and link neighborhoods in the City

»         Regional parks that draw visitors from the entire region, like City Park, Joe Brown Park and Audubon Park, for both active and passive recreation areas, including access to the waterfront through beaches and piers, and cultural activities

»         Preservation of remote coastal areas of marsh, estuary or waterway to preserve waterfowl and fishery habitats

»         Protection and preservation of existing natural areas, such as wetlands, to provide stormwater protection and reduce flooding possibilities

»         Protection of the City’s historic cemeteries 

7.1 Purpose Statements   

7.1.A Purpose of the OS-N Neighborhood Open Space District   

The purpose of the OS-N Neighborhood Open Space District is to provide a classification for parks located within neighborhoods that serve as recreation areas for residents in the local area. Neighborhood parks are smaller in scale than regional parks and more limited in the types of recreational uses allowed. The OS-N District is also intended to provide for the preservation of natural environmental features and wildlife habitats at certain locations surrounded by developed neighborhoods, and to provide protection for the City’s historic cemeteries.  

7.1.B Purpose of the OS-G Greenway Open Space District   

The purpose of the OS-G Greenway Open Space District is to provide a classification for open space greenways that provide a connection between neighborhoods and public amenities such as cultural facilities and larger parks. The physical form of a greenway is typically more linear in nature and accommodates additional modes of transportation such as pedestrian trails and bike paths. 

7.1.C Purpose of the OS-R Regional Open Space District   

The purpose of the OS-R Regional Open Space District is to provide a classification for large parks that draw visitors from the entire region. A regional park includes a variety of recreational areas and uses, but also includes certain ancillary commercial activities such as cultural facilities, performance venues, and restaurants. The OS-R District also includes waterfront recreational activities, such as beaches and public piers. 

7.1.D Purpose of the NA Natural Areas District   

The purpose of the NA Natural Areas District is to protect and preserve existing natural areas such as wetlands and coastal areas of marsh, estuary or waterway. Very limited development is allowed, and shall be compatible with and cause little impact to these areas. The intent of the NA District is to provide stormwater protection and reduce flooding possibilities due to abnormal tides in Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne, and the various tidal waterways in and adjacent to Orleans Parish.

7.1.E Purpose of the GPD General Planned Development District   

The purpose of the GPD General Planned Development District is to provide flexibility in the site design and development of land in order to promote its most environmentally sensitive use and to preserve the natural and scenic qualities of wetlands and other natural land features. The GPD District is intended to provide protection for environmentally sensitive areas and encourage development that avoids or minimizes negative impacts and allows for innovative development techniques and flexibility in the development of the site. 

7.2 Uses   

7.2.A Permitted and Conditional Uses   

Only those uses of land listed under Table 7-1: Permitted and Conditional Uses as permitted uses or conditional uses are allowed within the Open Space Districts. A “P” indicates that a use is permitted within that zoning district. A “C” indicates that a use is a conditional use in that zoning district and  would require a conditional use approval as required in Section 4.3 (Conditional Use). No letter (i.e., a blank space) or the absence of the use from the table indicates that use is not allowed within that zoning district.

Table 7-1: Permitted and Conditional Uses

USES1

DISTRICT

USE STANDARDS

OS-N

OS-G

OS-R

NA

GPD

RESIDENTIAL USE

Dwelling, Caretaker

 

 

P

C

C

 

Dwelling, Established Two-Family         C6 Section 20.3.W

Dwelling, Single-Family

        C6  
Existing Residential         C5  
Group Home, Small         C6 Section 20.3.GG

COMMERCIAL USE

Adult Use         C5 Section 20.3.B

Amusement Facility, Indoor

 

 

P

 

 

Section 20.3.E

Amusement Facility, Outdoor

 

C

P

 

 

Section 20.3.E

Bar         C5 Section 20.3.G

Casino/Gaming Establishment

 

 

C

 

 

Section 20.3.M

Catering Kitchen

 

C

P

 

C5

 

Day Care Center, Adult or Child - Small         C5 Section 20.3.S
Day Care Center, Adult or Child - Large         C5 Section 20.3.S
Day Care Center, Adult or Chile - Commercial         C5 Section 20.3.S
Drive-Through Facility         C5 Section 20.3.V
Employment Services         C5 Section 20.3.BB
Financial Institution         C5  
Gas Station         C5 Section 20.3.EE
Greenhouse/Nursery         C5  
Heavy Sales, Rental & Service         C5  
Hotel/Motel         C5  
Kennel         C5 Sectiom 20.3.II

Live Performance Venue

 

C

P

 

 

Section 20.3.JJ

Mardi Gras Den         C5  

Maritime Use

 

 

C

 

 

 

Micro-Brewery         C5  
Micro-Distillery         C5  
Motor Vehicle Service & Repair, Minor         C5 Section 20.3.MM
Motor Vehicle Service & Repair, Major         C5 Section 20.3.MM
Office         C5  

Outdoor Amphitheater

 

C

P

 

 

 

Public Market

 

P

P

 

 

Section 20.3.TT

Reception Facility

 

 

P

 

 

Section 20.3.WW

Recreational Vehicle Park

 

 

C

 

C5

Section 20.3.XX

Restaurant, Carry Out

 

C

 

 

C5

Section 20.3.ZZ

Restaurant, Specialty

 

C

P

 

C5

Section 20.3.ZZ

Restaurant, Standard

 

C

P

 

C5

Section 20.3.ZZ

Retail Goods Establishment         C5  
Retail Sales of Packaged Alcoholic Beverages         C5  
Social Club or Lodge         C5 Section 20.3.CCC

Stadium

 

 

C

 

 

 

INDUSTRIAL USE

Batching Plant (Asphalt, Cement or Concrete)         C5  
Borrow Pit         C6 Section 20.3.J
Brewery         C5  
Broadcasting Studio         C5  
Composting Facility, Industrial         C5 Section 20.3.BBB
Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling Facility         C5 Section 20.3.P
Contractor Storage Yard         C5 Section 20.3.Q
Distillery         C5  
Food Processing         C5  
Freight Terminal         C5  
Heliport         C5 Section 20.3.D
Helistop         C5 Section 20.3.D
Manufacturing, Artisan         C5  
Manufacturing, Light         C5  
Manufacturing, Maritime-Dependent         C5  
Marina, Commercial         C5  
Marine Terminal         C5  
Maritime Use         C5  

Mining and Drilling Activities

 

 

 

C

C5

Section 20.3.KK

Motor Vehicle Operations Facility         C5  
Movie Studio         C5  
Outdoor Storage Yard         C5 Section 20.3.Q
Railyard         C5  
Research & Development         C5  
Salvage Yard         C5 Section 20.3.AAA
Separation/Recovery Facilities         C5 Section 20.3.BBB

Solar Energy System

 

C

C

C

C

Section 20.3.DDD

Truck Repair         C5  
Truck Stop         C5 Section 20.3.FFF
Truck Terminal         C5 Section 20.3.FFF
Warehouse         C5  
Waste Transfer Station         C5 Section 20.3.BBB
Water and Sewage Treatment Facilities         C5 Section 20.3.HHH
Wholesale Goods Establishment         C5  

Wind Farm

 

 

C

C

C

Section 20.3. III

INSTITUTIONAL USE

Community Center

 

P

P

 

C6

 

Convent and Monastery         C6  

Cultural Facility

 

C

P

 

C6

Section 20.3.R

Educational Facility, Primary         C6 Section 20.3.Z
Educational Facility, Secondary         C6 Section 20.3.Z
Educational Facility, Vocational         C5 Section 20.3.Z
Educational Facility, University         C5 Section 20.3.Z
Emergency Shelter         C5 Section 20.3.AA

Government Offices

 

C

P

P

P

 

Place of Worship         C6  
Prison         C5  

Public Works and Safety Facility

 

C

P

C

C

 

Social Club or Lodge         C6 Section 20.3.CCC

OPEN SPACE USE

Agriculture – No Livestock

P

P

P

 

C6

Section 20.3.C

Agriculture – With Livestock

 

 

C

 

C6

Section 20.3.C

Boat Launch

 

 

P

P

P

 

Campground

 

 

C

 

 

Section 20.3.K

Cemetery

P

 

 

 

 

Section 20.3.N

Country Club

 

 

P

 

 

 

Driving Range

 

 

P

 

 

 

Fairgrounds

 

 

C

 

 

Section 20.3.CC

Fishing Camp

 

 

 

C

C

 

Forest/Nature Preserve

 

 

P

P

P

 

Golf Course

 

 

P

 

 

 

Horse Stables (Commercial)

 

 

P

 

C6

Section 20.3.HH

Marina, Recreational

 

 

C

C

C

 

Parks and Playgrounds

P

P

P

P3

C6

 

Pier (Public)

 

P

P

C

C

 

Private Residential Recreation Facility (Indoor or Outdoor)         C6 Section 20.3.SS

Public Fishing

P

P

P

P

P

 

Stormwater Management (Principal Use)

 

P

P

P

P

Section 23.12

OTHER

Parking Lot (Principal Use)         C5 Section 20.3.OO
Parking Structure (Principal Use)         C5 SEction 20.3.OO

Planned Development

 

 

 

 

C

Article 5

Public Transit Wait Stations

C

C

C

C

C

Section 21.6.BB

Pumping Station

P

P

P

 

P

Section 20.3.UU

Utilities

P4

P4

P4

P4

P4

Section 20.3.GGG

Wireless Telecommunications Antenna & Facility

C, P2

C, P2

C, P2

C, P2

C, P2

Section 20.3.JJJ

Wireless Telecommunications Tower & Facility

C

C

C

C

C

Section 20.3.JJJ

TABLE 7-1 FOOTNOTES

1 The terms in this column (“Uses”) are defined in Article 26.

2 Only wireless telecommunications antennas that comply with the stealth design standards of Section 20.3.JJJ are considered permitted uses.

3 Parks and playgrounds in the NA District are limited to passive recreation facilities. The only structures permitted are standard playground equipment and outdoor seating furniture.

Electrical Utility Substations and Transmission Lines shall be subject to design review as per Article 4, Section 4.5.B.5 and Table 4-2.

5 Subject to the use restrictions in Section 7.2.B.1.

6 Subject to the use restrictions in Section 7.2.B.2.

Adopted by September 12, 2016, Zoning Docket 052/16, 27,057 MCS, §1

7.2.B Use Retrictions   

7.2.B.1 Light Industrial Uses in the GPD Districts   

In the portions of the GPD District in Planning District 9 and 10, certain uses in the LI District shall be conditional uses, subject to the following limitations:

a. Any proposed development site that meets, or met at the time of this ordinance, the minimum size standards for a planned development in Article 5, Section 5.2.C shall be considered under the planned development process and is not eligible for consideration as a conditional use.

b. Only properties located in Planning District 9 and 10 are eligible for conditional use consideration.

c. A conditional use may be granted if the City Council finds that the proposed uses are compatible with uses existing or anticipated to occur upon the adjacent sites and will be properly screened or buffered from adjacent properties as needed to minimize potential negative impacts.

d. The proposed development shall comply with the development regulations, design standards, and required protection requirements found in Article 5, Section 5.4.

7.2.B.2 S-RS District Uses in the GPD Districts   

In the portions of the GPD District in Planning Districts 12 and 13, certain uses in the S-RS District shall be conditional uses, subject to the following limitations:

  1. Any proposed development site that meets, or met at the time of this ordinance, the minimum size standards for a planned development in Article 5, Section 5.2.C shall be considered under the planned development process and is not eligible for consideration as a conditional use.
  2. Only properties located in Planning Districts 12 and 13 are eligible for conditional use consideration.
  3. A conditional use may be granted if the City Council finds that the proposed uses are compatible with uses existing or anticipated to occur upon the adjacent sites and will be properly screened or buffered from adjacent properties as needed to minimize potential negative impacts.
  4. The proposed development shall comply with the S-RS District Site Design Standards found in Article 13, Section 13.3.

 

Adopted by September 12, 2016, Zoning Docket 052/16, 27,057 MCS, §1

7.3 Site Design Standards   

Table 7-2: Bulk and Yard Regulations establishes bulk and yard regulations for the Open Space Districts.

Table 7-2: Bulk and Yard Regulations

BULK & YARD REGULATIONS

DISTRICT

OS-N

OS-G

OS-R

NA

GPD

BULK REGULATIONS

MINIMUM DISTRICT SIZE

 None

None

25 acres

1 acre

1 acre

MAXIMUM BUILDING HEIGHT

35’

35’

50’; however all buildings over 35’ shall be set back from lot lines equal to building height

35’

35’

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS

 

See

Section 7.4

 

 

 

MINIMUM YARD REQUIREMENTS

FRONT YARD

15’

10’

20’

20’

20’

INTERIOR SIDE YARD

20’

10’

20’

20’

20’

CORNER SIDE YARD

15’

10’

20’

20’

20’

REAR YARD

20’

10’

20’

25’

20’

7.4 OS-G District Design Standards   

Because of its linear nature and connection to adjacent uses as the greenway traverses neighborhoods, development in the OS-G District shall meet the following design standards in order to maximize activity and interaction with the greenway and create a cohesive, pedestrian-friendly environment.

A.  Public entrances to buildings and recreation facilities shall be oriented to the public street and the pedestrian way.

B.  Driveways and parking areas shall be constructed of pervious or semi-pervious materials.

C.  Fencing along the greenway shall be at least seventy percent (70%) open and shall be limited in height to a maximum of six (6) feet.

D.  Picnic shelters, exercise equipment, bicycle parking, stormwater management, and other permitted accessory uses may be located within the required yards.

E.  New vehicular crossings of a pedestrian or bicycle trail within an OS-G District shall not be permitted except where required to facilitate emergency service.  
 

7.5 General Standards of Applicability   

All Open Space Districts are subject to the following standards:

7.5.A Accessory Structures and Uses   

See Section 21.6 for standards governing accessory structures and uses. 

7.5.B Temporary Uses   

See Section 21.8 for standards governing temporary uses.

7.5.C Site Development Standards   

See Article 21 for additional site development standards such as exterior lighting, environmental performance standards, and permitted encroachments. 

7.5.D Off-Street Parking and Loading   

See Article 22 for standards governing off-street parking and loading.

7.5.E Landscape, Stormwater Management, and Screening   

See Article 23 for standards governing landscape, stormwater management, and screening.

7.5.F Signs   

See Article 24 for standards governing signs.

7.5.G Overlay Districts   

See Article 18 for additional overlay district regulations, when applicable.

7.5.H Nonconformities   

See Article 25 for regulations governing nonconformities.

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