Goal 3: “Broad public access to timely information about proposed plans and projects and other city information is available.” (Vol 2, 15.14).
The NOLA CPP model uses District Councils to ensure that city information goes to the right neighborhoods and to hold government accountable for considering neighborhood input in decision making (Sec IV). In addition, the ENS will give “Neighborhood Associations and Communities of Interest…access to relevant public documents through the internet… Neighborhood Associations, District Councils, and Community of Interest Coalitions shall be allowed to provide official comment and feedback electronically to City boards, departments, agencies, and commissions via the ENS” (Sec XII). The NOLA CPP model will ensure and facilitate timely access to information.
Goal 4: “Predictable and timely processes for community review of project proposals.” (Vol 2, 15.15).
The NOLA CPP model establishes a process for developers and City government to present their project proposals before registered Neighborhood Associations, because “Neighborhood Associations, District Councils and Community of Interest Coalitions shall have the right to raise issues of concern to them and have their concerns brought before the appropriate city government entities. A mechanism will be constructed through which such issues are brought to the Neighborhood Associations for formal review, with established routing and time frames” (Sec VII). By establishing time frames and getting public input early in the process, this should make the development review process more predictable and less likely to be delayed, which is often the case when the public is informed late in the process and their opposition stalls a project.
Goal 5: “A transparent and open process of city decision-making on land use, development approvals and capital budget expenditures.” (Vol 2, 15.17).
By requiring City government and developers to provide information to and come before the citizens of New Orleans, the NOLA CPP Model makes the City’s decision-making process transparent. “Decisions brought forth from the Neighborhood Associations and Communities of Interest shall…be considered ‘rebuttable decisions’, meaning that if a city government entity acts in opposition to a decision of the Neighborhood Association or Community of Interest, the rationale for such decision shall be presented in writing to the Neighborhood Association(s) and/or Community(ies) of Interest from which the original decision emanated” (Sec VII). Therefore, with decision-makers having to justify their decisions, the decision-making process becomes more transparent and open.