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NCDC cancelled

Pursuant to Executive Order CRN 08-04 which is attached, the next meeting of the NCDC is cancelled. Once the State of Emergency is lifted, we will prepare an agenda and distribute it to you. I anticipate we will resume our regularly scheduled meeting for October 6, 2008. I will provide additional details once I have them.

Edward Horan
Zoning Administrator
Dept. of Safety & Permits
Cityof New Orleans
1300 Perdido St. Rm 7E05
New Orleans, LA 70112

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  • e

    Givin’ an ol’ streamlinin’ to the process, eh?

  • I wish they would streamline transparency and things like oh, getting the barges out of the canal.

  • Matt

    This is far more pernicious than it appears. It’s not a simple postponement of meetings. They are proceeding with demolitions that were due to be reviewed, even if they weren’t damaged by Gustav.

    It’s hard to see what the mayor’s justification would be, other than squashing a panel he’s never liked.

    Also, the city has already issued over 100 permits for Imminent Danger of Collapse properties, which do not require review by NCDC. If they can (and already have done that), why do they also need to suspend the committee?

    My guess is to ensure the federal dollars for Katrina demolition reimbursements keep flowing.

  • e

    nnnnah – not when we can demolish neighborhoods

  • This looks like a reward to the developers and architects that put on that ‘Award’ ceremony a few weeks ago. Now, anyone that is connected enough can get a property demolished in their neighborhood without having to follow any real rules. The busy-body witch next door can drop a dime, call in a favor and bam, your grandmothers old house could be gone in a flash.

    Nagin is truly a developers’ feckless and corrupt pawn. Durr and DRC Services are clearly in the mayor’s pocket just as the NOAH group was. Same game, half time is over and the referees are now out of the stadium……

  • Civitch

    You don’t even have to be connected. ANYONE, for ANY REASON, can march down to Safety and Permits and pull a demo permit.

    This means that all those owners who wanted to demolish their properties but were thwarted by neighbors and NCDC can now demo.

    He needs to rescind this order immediately.