New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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17.7 Riverfront Development Design Standards

The Riverfront Area of the CBD is the area bounded by the Pontchartrain Expressway/Highway 90, Convention Center Boulevard, the Mississippi River, and Canal Street and its extension to the river from Convention Center Boulevard. Development in the riverfront area shall comply with the following design standards.

A.  Direct pedestrian access to and views of riverfront attractions shall be maintained on Julia Street. View corridors along Julia Street shall be the same width as the public street and continue to the riverfront as a straight line extension of the street.

B.  Architectural details, materials, colors, textures, and landscape treatments shall be coordinated to provide visual continuity, quality, and consistency throughout the district with sufficient diversity to create a lively and interesting skyline and streetscape.

C.  Development frontage on the riverside of Convention Center Boulevard shall be built to the property line and maintain a consistent scale.

D.  If any of the areas within the riverfront area are under the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission and/or Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commission jurisdiction, development is subject to the approval of such Commission. Applicants shall refer to and comply with the Historic District Landmarks Commission procedures in the City Code. The New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission and/or Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commission shall have no jurisdiction over use.

E.  Developments along Convention Center Boulevard shall provide for the pedestrian environment, where appropriate, through the use of sheltered sidewalks, visually active ground level fa├žades in fronting development, arcade treatment, protective landscaping, signs, and clear and convenient pedestrian crossings. These pedestrian environments, when added or in any way altered, shall be accessible to those who use mobility devices.