2019 National Planning Conference

NPC18 Data Jam

Join a One-Day Data Jam Exploring NOLA Open Data Around Climate Change

Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 10 a.m.–5 p.M @ Propeller

How is climate change affecting flooding and uninhabitable land in New Orleans? What are the effects on population displacement and social equity? What is the impact on historically underserved communities?

In conjunction with American Planning Association's National Planning Conference for city and regional planners, APA and Propeller are organizing a one-day Data Jam to explore these questions.


What Is a Data Jam?

Similar to a hackathon, a Data Jam is a workshop where people use open data to explore problems.

This event offers a unique opportunity for planners from across the country to connect with NOLA's civic tech community, learn how civic tech works, and pick up great ideas to take back to their own communities.

Questions to be Explored Around Flooding and Land

  • Who is impacted?
  • Where might displaced people go?
  • What can community members add to the conversation and data collection?
  • What land uses will be displaced?
  • How do these concerns intersect with current gentrification in NOLA?
  • How is water quality affected?
  • What are the impacts on other environmental justice and contamination issues?

Topic Details and Questions

Question 1: What small-scale stormwater projects (one acre or less) would have the greatest impact on nuisance flooding from a precipitation event? What are some ideal sites for those projects? How can they be most responsive to community needs and desires?


  • What public space could be transformed to manage stormwater?
  • What does current zoning allow? Would changes be needed?
  • Could a network of even smaller projects have the same impact?
  • What level of participation would be needed from owners of nearby private property?
  • How could gentrification and displacement be mitigated in advance of implementation?
  • Can the projects be designed to remediate brownfields or improve water quality?
  • Could a drainage fee spur additional compliance from property owners? How would such a fee be calculated?

Question 2: With housing affordability continuing to erode, how can the city alter its short-term rental (STR) laws to prevent further displacement of long-term residents? Where can additional affordable housing be built? What other strategies must be considered to plan for these units? How can we ensure that affordable housing isn't built only in distant, unsafe, or contaminated locations, but is spread throughout New Orleans into areas with ample access to transportation?


  • Where does current zoning permit higher density?
  • How do current STR regulations alter how zoning is used to allow STRs in perpetuity? Does this impact other land uses?
  • What parcels could be developed for affordable housing?
  • What policy tools are needed to ensure continued affordability?
  • How do transportation networks (walk, bus, bike, transit, road) overlay with these potential parcels? What is the elevation? Are they brownfields?
  • What needs and wants have community residents expressed?

Event Details

  • Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • @ Propeller at 4035 Washington Ave., New Orleans
  • Morning bites, lunch, and coffee provided
  • Complimentary reception to follow

We invite civic hackers and all community members — techies and non-techies alike — who are interested in exploring these questions to join us for this unique, day-long event!