Planning Department

Jay J. Hebert, M.U.R.P., Director
City of Kenner
1610 Reverend Richard Wilson Drive
Kenner, Louisiana 70062
Telephone: (504) 468-7280


About Us 

The Planning Department is responsible for helping guide Kenner's physical development. We exercise responsibilities affecting the physical appearance of the City. That includes oversight of the Pattern for Progress comprehensive plan which establishes a vision statement, and recommendations to help lead and facilitate decision making on land use matters that directly affect the physical improvement of Kenner.

Our Department utilizes the implementation strategies of the comprehensive plan. These include providing recommendations and advice to the Mayor's Office, the City Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Historic District Design Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustments, the Kenner Tree Board, and to the public on land use, zoning, and other related matters.

The Planning Department's operational goal is to maintain a high quality of public service to the Kenner community through its four organizational divisions. That includes:

  • Comprehensive Planning (i.e. Land use and Zoning)
  • Landscape Design
  • Grant Administration
  • Geographic Information System (GIS, i.e. Mapping)

Click here to view the City of Kenner Planning Department's Organizational Chart

What is City Planning?

"Furthering the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive environments for present and future generations."
Source: A Planner's Dictionary by the American Planning Association

Why Plan for a Community?

Planning helps guide growth and development in ways that are consistent with the community's values and aspirations.

Planning enables your community to develop a consensus vision for its future and to identify the most desirable paths for achieving that vision.

Planning helps direct development to existing areas to optimize the efficiency of existing infrastructure, reduce the costs (financially and environmentally) of creating new infrastructure, preserve natural areas and sensitive wetlands, and provide alternatives to conventional suburban sprawl.

Planning helps your community to draw upon its best traditions and heritage as well as to remedy - and avoid repeating - the mistakes of the past.

Planning helps guide development and redevelopment so that they contribute to the physical fabric of a community. A well-written comprehensive plan provides a basis for codes that address form and function at all scales - from the whole community down to individual buildings. This allows communities to ensure that even aesthetically unique projects draw from and contribute to the fabric of their neighborhood and respond to the needs of their community.

Planning provides predictability for developers, land owners, and citizens. By providing consistent guidance about where a community wants certain types of uses, planning provides clear information and criteria for proposed developments. This increases the consistency, fairness, and speed of the development review process.

Planning provides some assurance to landowners regarding what might be built on neighboring parcels and helps protect against undesirable types of new development.

Planning helps your community identify opportunities to act responsibly as a steward and consumer of environmental resources. And planning can help you address the complex issues of affordability and accessibility for all citizens.
Source: "Louisiana Speaks: Planning Toolkit"Planning & Zoning Commission

Applications/Fee Schedules

Click here to download and view all applications and fee schedules.

Planning and Zoning Commission

The Planning & Zoning Commission is a seven member board that is regulated by the State of Louisiana. The Commission serves as a citizenry board of the local government consisting of appointed members whose functions include advisory aspects of land use and zoning matters. Prior to any modification to either zoning regulations or the zoning map, the Commission holds a public hearing to determine if the merits of the case are within State and City guidelines and conform to sound city planning practices. Each case is voted on at the meeting in the form of a recommendation and is then forwarded to the City Council to assist their efforts to render a final decision.

The 2017 Board Members are:

Mark Johnson, Chairman

Michael Cenac, Co-Chairman

Bianca Saddy

Robert Pastor

Tom Blum

Michael Cenac

I.C. "Iggy" Villanueva

Rita Bezou          

Click here for a list of scheduled P&Z Meetings

Board of Zoning Adjustments

The Board of Zoning Adjustments is a quasi-judicial board established in accordance with the City of Kenner Home Rule Charter and regulated by the Unified Development Code. The Board consists of five members and two alternates appointed by the Mayor with the approval of a majority vote of the Council.

The purpose of the Board is to hear and decide variance requests relating to the application of the zoning ordinance or to appeal a decision of the Director of the Department of Inspection and Code Enforcement.

The Board of Zoning Adjustments holds regularly scheduled meetings on the first Wednesday of each month beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the City's Council Chambers.

Applications for variance requests may be obtained at the Planning Department, Suite 302, 3rd Floor, Building C.

The Board Members are:

Wesley Goodman, Chairman

Marcel Gonzalez, Co-Chairman

Buddy Cambas

Earl Lagrue      

Charles Freel

Vacant, Alternate

Vacant, Alternate

Click here for a list of scheduled BZA Meetings

Historic District Design Commission

The Historic District Design Commission serves to preserve all buildings in the Rivertown Historic District that are considered to have architectural and historical value. The Commission also reviews plans for new and/or renovated structures within the district to ensure compatibility with the architecture identified during the time of the City’s early growth.

The 2017 Board Members are:

Stephen Cali, Chairman

Wil Landry, Co-Chairman

Gregory W. Carroll, Councilman, District 1

Charles Luquet, Architect

Marlin Gonzales

Kristi McKinney

Click here for a list of Historic District Design Commission Meetings

Rivertown Arts Council

The Rivertown Arts Council was created in 2014. The Council actively promotes public art initiatives related to the Rivertown Historic District, while assisting the City of Kenner with public art based projects throughout Kenner. Membership is voluntary.  

The 2017 Board Members are:

Peter Barnitz, Chairman

Dwight A. Harris, Co-Chairman

Cheri Ben-Iesau

Cathie Choppin Weinstein

Kevin T. Hunts

Melody McInnis

Katie Puchot

Kenner Tree Board

The Kenner Tree Board is a citizenry board established in 2007. It is composed of seven volunteer members. The Board serves as a resource for government and the citizens of Kenner regarding the care, selection, and planting of trees on public land and rights-of-way.

Click here to browse the Tree Board website for ways to care for our urban forest and the greening of Kenner.