While its great that the city is attempting to increase input from its residents, my guess is that this will still be a primarily top-down approach to overhauling the zoning. The City Planning Commission has hired Goody Clancy, a Boston planning and architectural firm, to lead the effort to create the master plan and will be paid at least $2 million for the job.
While tools like Policypitch.com use the internet to make crowd-sourcing public policy more effective, it begs the question: can a city zoning ordinance truly be developed by the crowds? Don’t we need to use professional urban planners and lawyers to draft the plan? So, while this is a good step in the right direction, is society at a stage yet where public policy can be developed by its individual residents? Any ideas?
More info about the master plan at: www.nolamasterplans.org