New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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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.