h - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

h

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says he will veto any ordinance that might impede construction projects like the new Tulane stadium.

The new venue is designed to sit on campus along a stretch of Ben Wiener Drive.

It is seen as something that's badly needed on a college campus trying to spark a football program that pales when compared to the competition.

While LSU draws nearly 100,000 people to each home game while Tulane can hardly muster a crowd.

A new stadium was supposed to cure that, but Tulane's president said city council action stands in the way.

On a four to two vote Thursday, the council voted in favor of an interim zoning ordinance that would require council approval for structures such as the new stadium, but the mayor now says not on his watch.

"They will do what they have to do, I will do what I have to do and that's to veto that bill when it comes across my desk," said Landrieu.

The mayor says he talked to the entire council about what he sees as a chilling effect.

"The council decided that we want to shut down progress in the city of New Orleans until the CPC can consider whether or not to create an interim zoning district," said Landrieu.

City Council President Jackie Clarkson says she doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. She insists that if the ordinance does become law, it won't hold anything up.

Clarkson says as the people's representatives, it's appropriate for the council to pass judgements on projects such as stadiums that could effect neighborhoods.

The mayor says the new ordinance is not necessary and he insists he won't let any new ordinance stand in the way of progress in spite of a council which sees it differently.

Landrieu says a mechanism is already in place, through the executive branch to force entities like Tulane to respond to public concerns about big projects.

He says his staff was waiting for Tulane to submit a final plan.

Powered by Frankly