Joseph I. Giarrusso
NEW ORLEANS - Today, Thursday, October 15, the New Orleans City Council passed an ordinance reducing conditional use application fees for established multi-family homes.
This ordinance, led by Councilmembers Joseph I. Giarrusso III and Jay H. Banks, creates an easier pathway for families seeking to bring their generational homes back into commerce.
"There are three ways government can kill development: study it, delay it or make it too expensive. We should be making things easier and better for everyone, and this new fee structure does just that," said Councilmember Giarrusso. "These reduced fees allow the city to provide services that help families re-establish multi-family homes without spending thousands of dollars in application fees."
Originally, fees for established multi-family conditional uses were based on square footage. Those fees ranged from $1,160 to $4,640, based on the size of the structure. Now, applications for established double- and multi-family residences cost $500. Any increase in floor area is an additional $200, totaling a $700 application fee for these expanded established structures.