New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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18.13.I RIV-4 Marigny Sub-District Standards

The following standards apply to the landside of the floodwall or levee:

Ord. 27,674 MCS, §2, March 6, 2018, Zoning Docket 085-17

18.13.I.1 Design Standards   

a.  Buildings shall generally be built along the lot lines on streets parallel to the river.

b.  Building facades along major access corridors, those parallel to the river, shall include architectural features to avoid the appearances of blank walls facing the street.  These include, but are not limited to changes in the wall plane of at least six (6) inches such an offset, reveal, pilaster, or projecting rib, changes in wall texture or masonry patterns, colonnade, columns, or pilasters.

c. Buildings shall be designed with galleries, awnings, canopies, and other weather protections devices.

d. Pedestrian and main entrances shall be located on the streets parallel to the river.

e.  First floor residential units located adjacent to the public street shall have individualized and direct entrances from the public sidewalk at the front (primary street) elevation, where possible.

f.  Curb cuts and vehicular access areas should be located on secondary side streets, perpendicular to the river, if possible.

g.  Areas dedicated to servicing and loading and vehicular access shall be minimized through the use of shared infrastructure and efficient layouts.  Garage doors and service openings shall be minimal in size, and recessed or screened in order to be minimally visible from the street.

h.  Developments shall contribute to traffic signaling or lane striping if deemed necessary by the Director of the Department of Public Works.

i.  Developments shall include a type of neighborhood amenity or public open space such as, but not limited to, landscaped public open space, public art, mural, dog park, transit shelter, public rofftop access, restaurant with outdoor seating, or public plaza, subject to the Public Plaza Standards and Guidelines contained within Section 17.5.F.2 except that the plaza may be located more than three (3) feet above the adjacent sidewalk area in order to provide better views.

j.  Historic buildings shall be retained and reused to the greatest extent possible.

Adopted by Ord. 27,674 MCS, §2, March 6, 2018, Zoning Docket 085-17

18.13.I.2 Building Heights   

a.  Stepbacks

i.  Properties with street frontage located along Decatur Street between Elysian Fields Avenue and Saint Ferdinand Street, and street frontage on Chartres Street between Saint Ferdinand and Homer Plessy Way are permitted a maximum building height of forty (40) feet with a maximum of three (3) stories along the Decatur or Chartres Street frontage.  Additional height above forty (40) feet shall be setback from the front property line at Decatur or Chartres Street at a minimum distance of fifty (50) feet up to a maximum allowed by the base zoning district but the additional height shall be set back a minimum distance of fifty (50) feet from the Decatur Street or Chartres Street frontage.

Figure 18-4: Building Height Stepback Requirement (RIV-4 District)

ii.  Development sites with more than one-hundred (100) feet of frontage along Decatur or Chartres Streets may increase a portion (up to thirty-five percent (35%) if its primary street frontage) of their building height, to a maximum allowed by the base zoning district.

Figure 18-5: Allowable Building Height Variation Along Street


b.  Flat roofed structures should provide an adequately-sized parapet in order to mitigate the sight of rooftop equipment.

c.  Where provided as accessory flat roof features, open spaces located on roofs shall be excluded from the calculation of building height and gross floor area in accordance with Section 21.6.O.

Adopted by Ord. 27,674 MCS, §2, March 6, 2018, Zoning Docket 085-17; Ord. 28177, Sept. 5, 2019, ZD 41/19

18.13.I.3 Use Standards and Use Restriction   

a.  Required Uses for Ground Floors

Multi-family development that is forty-thousand (40,000) square feet or more in gross floor area shall allocate at least twenty percent (20%) of the floor area of the ground story for commercial or institutional use, subject to the permitted and conditional uses of the base zoning district.  Floor area does not include corridors or other spaces used in common with other uses.  Single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, educational facilities, and townhouses are exempt from this use restriction.

b.  Commercial Use Floor Area Limitation

In the RIV-4 Marigny Sub-District, each ground-floor commercial use shall not exceed five thousand (5,000) square feet of total floor area unless approved as a conditional use.

c.  Short-Term Rental Restriction

Commercial Short-Term Rentals are prohibited within the RIV-4 Marigny Sub-District.

Adopted by Ord. 27,674 MCS, §2, March 6, 2018, Zoning Docket 085-17; Ord. 28177, Sept. 5 2019, ZD 41/19