New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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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.

Ord. 27,674 MCS, ยง2, March 6, 2018, Zoning Docket 085-17