The New Orleans Community Participation Program was developed over three years by some 200 New Orleans residents, guided by the Committee for a Better New Orleans. This resident-designed approach makes it unique among all CPPs. The first draft was released in 2008. Over the next two years, CBNO and the volunteers presented the model at neighborhood and community meetings all over the city, receiving input from approximately 1800 additional residents. Concurrently, meetings were held with the City Planning Commission staff, City Council members and other government players, to get their input as well. The final NOLA CPP model was delivered to the City Planning Commission in September 2010. The Planning Commission began a process in early 2011 to conduct one final round of community hearings ahead of delivering a final version for adoption by City Council in summer 2011. Unfortunately, Mayor Mitch Landrieu halted that process in March 2011.
When circulated to CPP peers in other cities around the United States, the NOLA CPP model was universally hailed as the most innovative and inclusive ever. The then-director of the Portland (OR) CPP, considered one of the strongest in the country, wrote CBNO to say “I wish we could start over using your model.”