Kenner has completed a draft copy of its new comprehensive master plan, an update of a previous plan that was nearing completion just as Hurricane Katrina reshaped the New Orleans metro area.
“Pattern for Progress,” which is available for public review on the city’s website, is the result of a two-year process in conjunction with the University of New Orleans’ planning division. The process included two rounds of public input, according to an announcement from the city Thursday.
After public viewing of the 142-page plan, the City Council will vote on whether to adopt it, likely during the first quarter of 2015. That will be followed by creation of a new comprehensive zoning ordinance the city will use as the day-to-day tool to implement the plan.
“Pattern for Progress” emphasizes economic development, housing, and public and community facilities.
The plan aims to protect historic structures while encouraging the development of housing that promotes community, is resistant to hurricane damage, reduces blight and improves the city’s overall appearance.
On economic development, the plan seeks to ensure that local efforts are aligned with regional strategies and that the city has public amenities to attract young professionals.
Kenner Planning Director Jay Hebert said in a news release that the plan will serve “as a blueprint to guide a city’s future development. It also is used to assist local elected officials as they make land-use and zoning decisions.”
Kenner officials decided in 2001 to update the city’s initial land-use plan and completed most of it by 2005, just before Katrina struck.
After being stalled for a few years, the new plan was approved in 2008, but the city got a $238,000 grant from the state to overhaul it to reflect the new demographic and economic realities.
Work then got underway on the version of the plan made public Thursday.