New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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11.5 Density Bonuses for Historic Urban Neighborhoods Residential Districts - HU-RM1, HU-RM2

In the establishment and authorization of a development in the Historic Urban Neighborhoods Residential Districts, HU-RM1 and HU-RM2 Multi-Family 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sept. 9, 2015, Zoning Docket 054-15, Ord. 26,570 MCS; Ord. 27,377 MCS, ยง4, April 28, 2017, Zoning Docket 007-17