Article 9 Historic Core Neighborhoods Residential Districts

PURPOSE OF THE HISTORIC CORE NEIGHBORHOODS

The Historic Core Neighborhoods are the neighborhoods that developed during the City’s colonial period, including adjacent areas that continued those development patterns. Consisting of the Vieux Carré, Faubourg Marigny, Tremé, Bywater, and portions of surrounding neighborhoods, the Historic Core Neighborhoods reflect a scale resulting from historically pedestrian movement.

The regulations of the residential districts of the Historic Core Neighborhoods preserve and reflect the historic development pattern. Each of the residential districts within the Historic Core Neighborhoods contains a mix of dwelling types, creating a dense residential environment.

CHARACTER OF THE HISTORIC CORE NEIGHBORHOODS

The character of the residential districts of the Historic Core Neighborhoods is defined by:

»         Numerous historic structures that date to the end of the 18th century and early part of the 19th century, which are protected by historic district regulations and the Vieux Carré Commission and Historic District Landmarks Commission

»         A variety of residential dwelling types integrated throughout the neighborhood as well as within a square

»         Single-family and two-family homes of one to two stories, with multi-family dwellings rising three to four stories or more

»         Historic patterns of mixed residential and neighborhood commercial uses

»         Dense historic development patterns with minimal to no setbacks between structures and between structures and the street

»         An absence of off-street parking

 

9.1 Purpose Statements   

9.1.A Purpose of the VCR-1 Vieux Carré Residential District   

The VCR-1 Vieux Carré Residential District is intended to preserve and protect existing residential development to maintain the authentic character of the historic Vieux Carré. Incompatible uses and building modifications are excluded from this residential district, and rehabilitation and adaptive reuse are encouraged.

9.1.B Purpose of the VCR-2 Vieux Carré Residential District   

The VCR-2 Vieux Carré Residential District is intended to preserve and protect existing residential development and to maintain the authentic character of the historic Vieux Carré while permitting moderately higher density than allowed in the VCR-1 District. Incompatible uses and building modifications are excluded from this residential district, and rehabilitation and adaptive reuse are encouraged.

9.1.C Purpose of the HMR-1 Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Residential District   

The HMR-1 Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Residential District is intended to protect existing residential development and to maintain a desirable character of such development within the historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater areas. Incompatible uses are excluded from this residential district. Rehabilitation, renovation, and adaptive reuse particularly of historically significant buildings are encouraged.

9.1.D Purpose of the HMR-2 Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Residential District   

The HMR-2 Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Residential District is intended to protect existing residential development and to maintain a desirable character of such development within the historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater areas. Incompatible uses are excluded from this residential district. Rehabilitation, renovation, and adaptive reuse particularly of historically significant buildings are encouraged. Smaller lot areas and higher floor-to-area ratios are permitted in the HMR-2 Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Residential District than those allowed in the HMR-1 Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Residential District.

9.1.E Purpose of the HMR-3 Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Residential District   

The HMR-3 Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Residential District is intended to provide for single-family dwellings and two-family dwellings, accommodate small-scale multi-family dwellings of three to four units, protect the existing residential development and maintain the desirable character of such development within the historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater areas. Incompatible uses are excluded from this residential district. Rehabilitation, renovation, and adaptive reuse particularly of historically significant buildings are encouraged.

9.2 Uses   

Only those uses of land listed under Table 9-1: Permitted and Conditional Uses as permitted uses or conditional uses are allowed within the Historic Core Neighborhood 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 permitted within that zoning district.

Table 9-1: Permitted and Conditional Uses

USE1

VCR-1

VCR-2

HMR-1

HMR-2

HMR-3

USE STANDARDS

RESIDENTIAL USES

Bed and Breakfast  - Accessory

 

 

P

P

P

Section 20.3.I

Bed and Breakfast - Principal

 

 

C

C

C

Section 20.3.I

Day Care Home, Adult or Child – Small

P

P

P

P

P

Section 20.3.T

Day Care Home, Adult or Child - Large

C

C

C

C

C

Section 20.3.T

Dwelling, Established Multi-Family

 

 

 

 

P, C4

Section 20.3.W

Dwelling, Single-Family

P

P

P

P

P

 

Dwelling, Two-Family

P

P

P

P

P

Section 20.3.Y

Dwelling, Multi-Family

P

P

P

P

 

 

Dwelling, Multi-Family – Limited to 4 Units Maximum

 

 

 

 

C

 

Group Home, Small

P

P

P

P

P

Section 20.3.GG

Group Home, Large

P

P

P

P

P

Section 20.3.GG

Group Home, Congregate

C

C

C

C

C

Section 20.3.GG

Permanent Supportive Housing

P

P

P

P

C3

Section 20.3.PP

Residential Care Facility

P

P

P

P

P

Section 20.3.YY

COMMERCIAL USES

Day Care Center, Adult or Child – Small

 

 

P

P

P

Section 20.3.S

Day Care Center, Adult or Child – Large

 

 

C

C

 

Section 20.3.S

Neighborhood Commercial Establishment

 

 

C

C

C

Section 20.3.NN

INSTITUTIONAL USES

Community Facility

C

C

C

C

C

 

Convent and Monastery

P

P

P

P

P

 

Cultural Facility

C

C

C

C

P

Section 20.3.R

Educational Facility, Primary

P

P

P

P

P

Section 20.3.Z

Educational Facility, Secondary

P

P

P

P

P

Section 20.3.Z

Place of Worship

P

P

P

P

P

 

OPEN SPACE USES

Agriculture – No Livestock

P

P

P

P

P

Section 20.3.C

Parks and Playgrounds

P

P

P

P

P

 

OTHER

Planned Development

C

C

C

C

C

Article 5

Public Transit Wait Station

C

C

C

C

C

Section 21.6.BB

Pumping Station

P

P

P

P

P

Section 20.3.UU

Utilities

P

P

P

P

P

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 9-1 FOOTNOTES

1 The terms in this column (“Use”) 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 Limited to a maximum of four (4) dwelling units. 

Established Multi-Family Dwellings that comply with Section 20.3.W.1 are permitted uses while those that comply with Section 20.3.W.2 are conditional uses.

 

Adopted by Ord. No. 27,375, §1, April 28, 2017, Zoning Docket 118/16;

9.3 Site Design Standards   

9.3.A General Regulations   

Table 9-2: Bulk and Yard Regulations establishes bulk and yard regulations for the Historic Core Neighborhood Districts. (Highlighted letters in Table 9-2 indicate where those bulk and yard regulations are illustrated on the accompanying site diagram.)

Table 9-2: Bulk & Yard Regulations

BULK & YARD REGULATIONS

DISTRICTS

VCR-1

VCR-2

HMR-1

HMR-2

HMR-3

BULK REGULATIONS

 

MINIMUM LOT AREA

SF: 1,500sf/du

2F: 1,200sf/du

MF: 900sf/du

Non-Residential: None

SF: 1,500sf/du

2F: 1,000sf/du

MF – 3 Unit: 800sf/du

MF – 4+ Unit: 600sf/du

Non-Residential: None

SF: 1,500sf/du

2F: 1,200sf/du

MF: 900sf/du

Non-Residential: None

SF: 1,500sf/du

2F: 1,000sf/du

MF – 3 Units: 800sf/du

MF – 4+ Units: 600sf/du

Non-Residential: None

SF: 2,000sf/du

2F: 1,250sf/du

MF – 3-4 Units: 1,000sf/du (maximum of 4 units)

Non-Residential: None

A

MINIMUM LOT WIDTH

None

None

SF & 2F: 25’

MF: 30’

Non-Residential: None

SF & 2F: 25’

MF: 30’

Non-Residential: None

SF: 25’

2F & MF: 30’

Non-Residential: None

 

MINIMUM LOT DEPTH

None

None

SF: None

2F & MF: 90’

Non-Residential: None

SF: None

2F & MF: 90’

Non-Residential: None

SF: None

2F & MF: 90’

Non-Residential: None

B

MAXIMUM BUILDING HEIGHT

50’

50’

40’

50’

40’

 

MINIMUM OPEN SPACE RATIO

Corner Lots: 0.20

Interior Lots: 0.30

Corner Lots: 0.20

Interior Lots: 0.30

None

None

None

  MINIMUM PERMEABLE OPEN SPACE* None None 15% of the lot area 15% of the lot area 15% of the lot area

 

MAXIMUM FAR

None

None

1.3

2.0

1.4

MINIMUM YARD REQUIREMENTS

C

FRONT YARD

None

None

None

None

None

D

INTERIOR SIDE YARD

None

None

None

None

3’

E

CORNER SIDE YARD

None

None

None

None

None

F

REAR YARD

None

None

None

None

20’

FOOTNOTES

*Regulations in effect per Interim Zoning District (IZD) by Ordinance No. 26,726.

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Adopted by Ord. No. 26,726, §1, December 7, 2015, Zoning Docket 081/15

9.3.B Open Space Ratio   

1.  In the Vieux Carré Districts, all yards and courts may be included as open space when computing the open space ratio. However, this open space shall be unobstructed from grade level to the sky. Where balconies, roof overhangs, galleries, stairways, storage area or similar projections are located in a yard or court, the area of the projection cannot be counted as open space for the open space ratio calculation. Above-grade courtyards or other rooftop uses, including but not limited to gardens and recreation areas, shall not be considered as open space.

2.  For residential uses in the Historic Core Neighborhood Districts, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is excluded from the open space ratio calculation (i.e., it will be considered qualifying open space) when it meets the following standards:

a.  The equipment is ground-mounted.

b.  The equipment is a single-condenser unit.

c.  The equipment is located and screened according to the requirements of Section 21.6.T (Mechanical Equipment).

9.3.C* Permeable Open Space   

1. In the Historic Marigny/Treme/Bywater Residential Districts, the area of a green roof may be included as permeable open space.  

 

FOOTNOTES

*Regulations in effect per Interim Zoning District (IZD) by Motion Number M-15-367.

9.3.C Encroachment into Public Right-of-Way   

Within the Historic Core Neighborhood Districts, new construction is encouraged to include common architectural features that encroach into the public right-of-way, such as galleries, stoops, and balconies, in keeping with the established development pattern. A long-term grant of servitude from the Department of Property Management is required for this type of encroachment. 

9.4 Permitted Residential Conversions in the Vieux Carré Districts   

A.  In the Vieux Carré Districts, upon approval of the Vieux Carré Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustments, an existing structure with a floor area ratio that equals or exceeds three (3), may be converted to a multi-family dwelling provided that the minimum lot area is four hundred (400) square feet per dwelling unit.

B.  When a proposed conversion scheme provides verification that the exterior building envelope will not be increased, except for minor expansions necessary to allow compliance with applicable building codes, such as exterior stairwells or similar means of access, the following additional standards shall be met:

1.  The minimum dwelling unit size is eight-hundred (800) square feet.

2.  The minimum lot area is three-hundred forty (340) square feet per dwelling unit.
 

9.5 Design Standards for Vieux Carré Districts   

The Vieux Carré Commission’s Design Guidelines contain the procedures and compatible architectural details for properties located in the Vieux Carré Historic District. 

9.6 Design Standards for Historic Marigny/Tremé/Bywater Districts   

The following standards shall apply to all sites, except for single and two-family residential dwellings:

A.  For new construction, ADA accessible ramps and lifts shall be visually unobtrusive, preferably through internalized ramps or sloped walkways.

B.  All buildings shall be oriented towards a public or private street in terms of architectural interest and building access.

9.7 General Standards of Applicability   

All Historic Core Neighborhood Districts are subject to the following standards:

9.7.A Accessory Structures and Uses   

See Section 21.6 for standards governing accessory structures and uses. 

9.7.B Temporary Uses   

See Section 21.8 for standards governing temporary uses.

9.7.C Site Development Standards   

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

9.7.D Off-Street Parking and Loading   

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

9.7.E Landscape, Stormwater Management, and Screening   

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

9.7.F Signs   

See Article 24 for standards governing signs.

9.7.G Overlay Districts   

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

9.7.H Nonconformities   

See Article 25 for regulations governing nonconformities.

9.8 Development Bonus for Historic Core Residential Neighborhoods – VCR-1, VCR-2, HMR-1, and HMR-2   

In the establishment and authorization of a development in the Historic Core Residential Districts, VCR-1 and VCR-2 Vieux Carré Residential Districts and the HMR-1 and HMR-2 Historic Marigny/ Tremé /Bywater Residential Districts, 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 and a thirty percent (30%) increase in the floor area ratio (FAR).

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

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

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

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

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.

2.     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.

Adopted by Ord. 26,570 MCS, Sept. 9, 2015, Zoning Docket 054-15; Ord. 27,377 MCS, §2, April 28, 2017, Zoning Docket 007-17

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