The Council passed a resolution today encouraging NORA to engage residents, businesses and nonprofits in neighborhoods with a high number of Louisiana Land Trust (LLT) lots to develop a disposition plan for current and future inventory that is beneficial to the community. NORA currently controls over 1,000 LLT lots throughout the city, many of which are located the Lower Ninth Ward, Gentilly and New Orleans East. These properties were originally acquired by the State of Louisiana through the Road Home Program.
"The best public policy is created when the public has a say in what is being developed," said District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett. "With this resolution, I hope that NORA will take the extra steps necessary to engage with the community to develop a plan for the LLT lots that best fits everyone's goals."
The resolution also encourages NORA to consult the Housing of a Resilient New Orleans strategy, the Plan for the 21st Century (the Master Plan), Housing NOLA, the New Orleans Urban Water Plan and any other resident-led plans that the community agrees are current and relevant. Finally, the resolution urges NORA to develop a plan that serves a wide diversity of households including very low-income, low-income, moderate-income, middle-income and upper-income households.