New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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28.5 Density Bonus

In order to incentive the construction of multi-family housing with the inclusion of affordable housing, a density bonus shall be allowed for applicable housing developments in accordance with Article 28, Section 28.1.

Ord 28178, 9-5-19, ZD 49/19; Ord. 29566, 8-1-23, Zoning Docket 014-23

28.5.1 Affordable Rental Housing Development Density Bonus   

In order to incentivize the construction of multi-family housing with the inclusion of affordable rental housing, a density bonus shall be allowed for applicable housing developments in accordance with Article 28, Section 28.1:

A.        Density Bonus Calculations

  1. A density bonus refers to a reduction in the required minimum lot area per dwelling unit. All applicable housing developments shall be allowed a by-right density bonus of thirty percent (30%). Housing Developments may be allowed up to a fifty percent (50%) density bonus if the development remains within the permissible height and floor area ratios (FAR) regulated by the base zoning district.
  2. All rental affordable units of additional units provided by the density bonus shall be constructed on-site.

B.        Limitation of density bonus:

  1. A density bonus shall only be used in the residential portion of a mixed-use development.
  2. Up to a fifty percent (50%) density bonus shall only be allowed in the “core” submarkets.

Adopted by Ord. 29566, 8-1-23, Zoning Docket 014-23

28.5.2 Affordable For-Sale Housing Development Density Bonus   

In order to incentivize the construction of multi-family housing with the inclusion of affordable for-sale housing, a density bonus shall be allowed for applicable housing developments in accordable with Article 28, Section 28.1

A.        Density Bonus Calculations

  1.  A density bonus refers to a reduction in the required minimum lot area per dwelling unit. All applicable housing developments shall be allowed a by-right density bonus of thirty percent (30%) and a thirty percent (30) reduction in the lot width requirements for for-sale developments and where applicable, the thirty percent (30%) reduction in the floor area ratio (FAR).
  2. When a subdivision proposes to create new lots that are substandard of the zoning district’s lot width and/or lot area requirements pursuant to Section 28.5.2.A.1, the lot width and/or lot area deficiency shall not prevent the subdivision from being eligible for administrative approval. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued until the requirements of the Inclusionary Zoning regulations in Chapter 26 of the City Code are fulfilled.

B.        Limitation of density bonus:

  1.  A density bonus shall only be used in the residential portion of a mixed-use development.

Adopted by Ord. 29566, 8-1-23, Zoning Docket 014-23