Neighborhood Participation Plan

The NPP process was designed for specific land use actions and their expected timelines for approval. Some land use actions, such as site plans approvals, will follow a different, likely shorter, timeline. If a public hearing is required, then the neighborhood meeting needs to be held at a minimum two-weeks before the public hearing. Please contact an MPC planner for any questions (318-673-6480).
The goal of the Neighborhood  Participation Plan is to ensure that applicants pursue early and effective public participation in conjunction with their land use application. The MPC offers several notification methods so that as many people can be made aware of, and involved, as possible. We encourage the applicant to not only reach out before an application is filed, but throughout the process as well.

A Public Participation (or Neighborhood) meeting may be required before some MPC land use applications (e.g., rezoning,  special use permits,  commercial variances, planned unit developments) can be deemed complete. The applicant is responsible for scheduling the neighborhood meeting, hosting the meeting, taking meeting minutes, circulating a sign-in-sheet, and preparing a Public Participation Plan Report that outlines the questions/concerns/comments made at the meeting and the applicant’s responses. Supporting materials related to the Public Participation meeting are required to be submitted  as a part of your Land Development application. Failure to comply will result in an incomplete application, which may cause delays in your application.

Public Participation Meeting Requirements:
  • Host a neighborhood meeting prior to making application.
    • Applicant is solely responsible for completing the requirements of the neighborhood meeting.
    • We encourage the neighborhood meeting to be held near the subject property.
  • Social Media/Email Distribution for Meeting
    • MPC staff will provide meeting information for posting on City’s website, MPC’s website, Facebook, email blast. Information should be provided at least 14 calendar days before the neighborhood meeting in order for surrounding property owners to receive proper notice.
    • Once the meeting has been scheduled, MPC staff will email City Council and MPC Members  about neighborhood meeting.
    • We encourage posting on Nextdoor, NotifyMe and various other platforms.
  • MPC will mail a postcard to nearby property owners alerting them of the meeting location/time and the proposed land use application request.
    • A postcard will be mailed, by the MPC, to everyone within 500’ of the subject property.
    • The postcard should be received by all targeted properties 7 calendar days before the neighborhood meeting.  COVID-19 Note:  There may be delays in the mailing process as a result of safety measures by the USPS.
Submittal Requirements:

When submitting your Public Participation Plan Report to MPC staff, please include the following:

  • Copy of the letter that was mailed to neighborhood association(s)
  • Meeting sign-in sheet
  • Meeting minutes
  • Public Participation Plan Report (see template). This report shall cover questions asked, comments, concerns, applicant’s responses to each, and changes made since the meeting. It shall also include a copy of the plan that was presented at the neighborhood meeting.

Note: Staff encourages you to schedule your neighborhood meeting several weeks before you intend to apply for your land use petition so that there is enough time to evaluate the comments/concerns from the neighbors and make changes to the plans before formal application submittal.

Upcoming Neighborhood Participation Plan Meetings

Please click on a project below for more information.




(this fillable PDF is to be submitted with your land use application)
 
(to be used as a guide for your NPP report)
 
(with requirements, step-by-step instructions and examples)
 
(invitation sample letter for a Special Use Permit)
 
(invitation sample letter for a Zoning Change)
   


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