New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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9.3.B Open Space Ratio

1.  In the Vieux CarrĂ© Districts, all yards and courts may be included as open space when computing the open space ratio. However, this open space shall be unobstructed from grade level to the sky. Where balconies, roof overhangs, galleries, stairways, storage area or similar projections are located in a yard or court, the area of the projection cannot be counted as open space for the open space ratio calculation. Above-grade courtyards or other rooftop uses, including but not limited to gardens and recreation areas, shall not be considered as open space.

2.  For residential uses in the Historic Core Neighborhood Districts, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is excluded from the open space ratio calculation (i.e., it will be considered qualifying open space) when it meets the following standards:

a.  The equipment is ground-mounted.

b.  The equipment is a single-condenser unit.

c.  The equipment is located and screened according to the requirements of Section 21.6.T (Mechanical Equipment).