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Planning & Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Department plays a critical role in the development and growth of the City. The department ensures that appropriate, context sensitive development occurs within the City’s framework for long range planning. The City is undergoing exciting changes relative to planning and zoning that can be explored in depth below.

Unified Development Code

The City recently adopted a new Unified Development Code (UDC) to support the Gretna Comprehensive Plan.  The UDC is intended to improve development outcomes, increase administrative flexibility related development approvals and provide land development process transparency.

A list of proposed amendments to the UDC (scheduled for 11.13.19 introduction and 12.11.19 consideration) can be found here.

The full UDC text can be found here.

The updated zoning map can be found here.


Anyone can access the City’s web-based GIS platform through Geoportal to view a specific property zoning – Individuals can review zoning classifications by selecting Layers > Districts > Zoning and then searching for a specific property address.

Gretna Downtown 2020

Working with the public and the Tulane Regional Urban Design Center, the City of Gretna released its first small area plan in April 2016 focusing on improving the vibrancy of the downtown area. Gretna Downtown 2020 focuses on achievable design interventions that would help generate more activity within Downtown Gretna. The City is actively positioning projects to support the Gretna Downtown 2020 plan. The full Gretna Downtown 2020 report can be found here (14MB).

Gretna Comprehensive Plan

The GRETNA COMPREHENSIVE PLAN is a guiding document for the City to use to think about the next 20-30 years. The Plan includes analysis and recommendations for everything – from land use decisions to infrastructure development. The Plan reflects extensive public participation for defining the future of our City. As the Plan’s community vision statement captures,

“Our vision for the City of Gretna is to build upon the City’s strong foundation of community, while respecting the past and embracing the future, to improve existing infrastructure, enhance commercial corridors, and promote walkable and bikeable neighborhoods. The new connections should link our parks, diverse communities, and commercial centers, as well as connect the City to the Region, making the City a more united whole that is a premiere place to live, work and raise a family.”

For the full plan and executive summary please visit our dedicated Gretna Comprehensive Plan page here.

Department Contact Information


Matthew Martinec, Director of Planning and Major Projects
Danielle Miller, GIS Planner