Advocacy + Policy

SOUL’s Master Plan recommendations were accepted by the City Council. Click here to view the entire Master Plan online. 

Our next step will be to propose changes to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) around protecting valuable trees on private property and introducing heritage tree legislation.

SOUL’s recommendations:

Text 07-05 Applicant’s Request

Sustaining Our Urban Landscape seek to increase the tree canopy of the City of New Orleans. They proposed the following two (a and b) requests to accomplish this.

Request a).

Vol 2, Ch 7, Green Infrastructure,

Narrative Recommendations

By green infrastructure, we refer not only to public parks and open space, but to a system and scale of landscape features that retain and infiltrate stormwater. Because these features mitigate flood risk, slow/halt subsidence, and save energy, amongst many other benefits, they should be incorporated into public and private development. The Master Plan should include measurable green infrastructure goals, including goals for the retrofitting of existing development. As trees play a vital role in green infrastructure and are the most affordable form of green infrastructure to implement, the language around protecting valuable trees and creating funding mechanisms to plant new trees should be enhanced. The term “heritage trees” should be introduced throughout the document to indicate


valuable (usually native water loving trees) trees with a caliper of 24” or more.

In addition, the city can implement public green infrastructure projects more successfully if departmental functions are explained and responsibilities delineated.

Request b).

page 7.6

Goal 2: Restoration and expansion of the city’s urban forest to reach 50 per- cent tree canopy by

Strategy: 2.A. Promote tree planting on both public and private property.

Change 2A to: Promote tree preservation and tree planting on both public and private properties.

Add: 2A.10: Create a no net loss of tree canopy strategy for public and private property.

Add: 2A.11: Establish criteria for “Heritage Trees” to inform future development.