Following the devastating impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the City Council of New Orleans passed a motion to develop a city-wide recovery plan.
Billes Partners maneuvered successfully through the challenging task of developing the Neighborhoods Rebuilding Plan for City Planning District 3, one of eleven Planning Districts covered in the Lambert Advisory Plan in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
With the participation of hundreds of residents, twenty-four different neighborhood associations, and covering seven severely damaged neighborhoods in Planning District 3 alone, the Neighborhoods Rebuilding Plan was unanimously accepted and adopted by the City Council of New Orleans in October 2006.
The finished plan was the result of dozens of meetings with neighborhood residents and leaders, the collection of surveys, block-to-block damage assessments, data collection and documentation, as well as coordination with various city, state, federal, educational, utility, and emergency agencies. The document includes an impressive range of data, including historical information, damage reports, prioritized projects lists, funding matrices, and more. This was all done at a time when information in the city was conflicting and scarce, the public school system was in transition, the infrastructure was in disrepair, and amid the possibility of competing recovery plans.