New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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5.5 Planned Development Standards for Maritime Mixed-Use District

5.5.A Intent   

The intent of these regulations is to provide flexibility in site design and development intensity for land in maritime mixed-use areas in order to promote innovative approaches to residential and non-residential development adjacent to wetlands and waterbodies. A waterfront orientation and clustering of new structures and improvements is encouraged for all planned developments in the Maritime Mixed-Use District in order to maximize the preservation of environmental features and increase access to the site. 

5.5.B Design Standards   

1. The development shall preserve scenic natural views, including views from roadways, to the fullest extent possible.

2. Where possible, critical environmental features should be protected through conservation servitudes or other similar instruments.

3. If the planned development includes a residential or commercial component, buildings within the planned development shall be grouped into clusters. A cluster may consist of a single building or a group of closely-spaced buildings. Clusters shall be located at least one-hundred (100) feet apart.

4. Tree protection is required as per Article 8 of this Ordinance.

5.5.C Required Protection of Wetland and Environmentally Sensitive Areas   

Disturbance to critical environmental features and wildlife habitats shall be minimized as follows:

1. New planned developments in the M-MU District shall be designed such as to avoid disturbing, to the extent possible, any critical environmental features or wildlife habitats on a site. Critical environmental features include, but are not limited to, such things as bayous, lakes, wetlands, rare or endangered species habitat, and large wooded areas. Other features may be determined to be critical to the environment and hydrology of the site and the surrounding area through the evaluation of the proposed development as part of the planned development review process.

2. The locations of any critical environmental features and wildlife habitats on the site shall be indicated on the development plan submitted with the planned development application.

3. Adverse construction impacts on environmentally critical features shall be mitigated during development.