Only in New Orleans would a city council member want to pass an ordinance prohibiting our local universities from expanding.
But that's exactly what council person Susan Guidry is proposing. Thursday, the City Council could possibly vote on Guidry's ordinance that would prohibit the universities, primarily on New Orleans east bank, from expanding or building any new structure larger than 250,000 sq feet, even though present zoning laws allow for it.
Guidry specifically is targeting one such university and project: the new Tulane on-campus football stadium, scheduled for ground breaking in late summer, early fall. Tulane University is the city's number one private employer and they want to build something new on their campus that is within the city's zoning laws.
Guidry may have hurt her own cause by including all eastbank universities in her ordinance. Dillard, Loyola, and Xavier have come out against the proposed ordinance, and together, with Tulane, form quite an alliance. The presidents from those institutions feel the ordinance is unnecessary and potentially burdensome.
Tulane has raised over $40 million towards a new $60 million, 30,000 seat, on-campus football stadium. New Orleans' existing zoning laws allow for such a structure to be built with no variances needed.
Let Tulane build their stadium.