About Nicole Webre

Nicole WebreNicole Webre is a New Orleans native and received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and her juris doctor degree from Loyola University College of Law. She has spent over ten years in city government and the legal field helping residents, small business owners, educational institutions, and real estate developers navigate local and state government agencies. 

Now as a consultant, Nicole offers her clients the same level of expertise and service. She specializes in government and community relations, especially local and state regulatory compliance, land use planning, zoning and options for future real estate development, permitting, commercial and residential entitlements, and legislative-based economic incentives.She enjoys what she does and tackles every project or problem with the utmost attention and energy. She looks forward to meeting and working with new clients every day and using her experience and knowledge to promote growth within the community.

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Education

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Juris Doctor, Civil Law
2006 – 2009
Activities and Societies: Real Estate Law Society, Phi Delta Phi

Tulane University

B.A., Media Arts, Marketing
2000 – 2003

Louisiana State University

1997 – 2000

Involvement and Awards

Associate Member, Urban Land Institute

2017 Silver award Home Builder, New Orleans CityBuisness

2017 Top 10 Influencer, Biz New Orleans Magazine

2016 Women of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness

2016 Top Female Achiever, New Orleans Magazine

2015 Steel Magnolia, New Orleans Magazine

Experience

President and Lead Consultant

Webre Consulting, LLC
December 2013 – Present
Greater New Orleans Area

 

Legislative Director

New Orleans City Council
Office of Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, District “C”
May 2010 – December 2013

 

Bakery Village – 2015-2016

Nicole Webre’s latest project has been developing Bakery Village, a new luxury subdivision of single-family homes located in Irish Channel on the site of the old Turnbull Bakery. Two homes are already complete! Learn more here.

Riverwalk Marketplace – 2014

Helped lead the redevelopment of the Riverwalk in coordination with Howard Hughes Corporation’s development executives and city officials on lease and servitude agreements.

Churchhill Downs Fairgrounds – 2005

Aided in the expansion of the facility and addition of slot machines, created a cooperative endeavor between neighborhood associations and Churchhill Downs that resulted in the zoning approval of the Fairgrounds expansion, and devised the agreement between all parties that resulted in the Fairgrounds’ funding of the security district that employs additional police officers to patrol the neighborhoods around the Fairgrounds. A true win-win!

Crescent Park & Tulane University

Management of redevelopment and expansion projects through public-private partnerships

Promoted adaptive reuse of vacant and/or blighted structures.

Crafted zoning mechanisms that spur commercial development in residential neighborhoods thus creating walkable and sustainable communities.

Directed rehabbing and updating of older strip mall shopping areas to revive neighborhoods.

Algiers Midtown Economic Development District & South Algiers Economic Development District

Identified clusters of land and worked with City and developers to create incentives for redevelopment.

NOCCA

New Orleans Creative amended the master plan to reflect the educational use of NOCCA’s properties along Press Street and worked with the president and architects on conditional uses to allow the expansion of the campus and for commercial use on NOCCA Forum’s property in order to generate revenue for the school.

St. Claude Arts & Cultural Overlay District – 2013

Worked with the Bywater Neighborhood Association and others to enact the St. Claude Arts and Cultural Overlay District from Press Street to Poland Avenue which permits commercial uses along St. Claude that promote the arts and culture of New Orleans. Two significant provisions of the overlay district allow standard restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages with meals and small theaters to serve alcoholic beverages one hour before, during, and one hour after performances without applying for a conditional use. The overlay also permits live entertainment as an accessory use at many venues.

Faubourg Wines – 2011-2013

Assisted owner Catherine Markel in creating a new zoning use to allow the operation of a wine bar and wine shop in the Historic Faubourg Marigny Zoning District so that customers may drink on premises and purchase wine to go.

Second Vine Wine – 2013

Assisted owner Troy Gant in the approval of a conditional use for a wine bar and wine shop in the Marigny.

Frenchmen Street Outdoor Art Market – 2012

Wrote legislation to create a conditional use for Outdoor Art Markets in the Frenchmen Street Arts & Cultural Overlay District. Lobbied support for its approval.

House of Blues New Orleans – 2012

Assisted and advised HOB on the expansion of the existing club into a ground floor area (formerly retail space) in order to allow for a new restaurant and entertainment area by amending HOB’s existing conditional use ordinance.

Siberia – 2012

Assisted the owners in obtaining a conditional use to permit an amusement place at an existing cocktail lounge. Owners made significant improvements to building and added extensive sound-proofing.

Mother-in-Law Lounge – 2012

Assisted Kermit Ruffins’ team throughout the City Planning and City Council process to obtain approval for a zoning change and conditional use to permit an amusement place at the location.

Backyard Ballroom – 2012

Assisted the owner in a zoning change and conditional use for an outdoor community theater.

Congo Square – 2011

Worked with historians and members of the community to draft and lobby the council to adopt Ordinance Cal. No. 28,411 (by Councilmember Gisleson) Palmer which officially restored the widely known and traditionally recognized name of Congo Square. By restoring its name, Congo Square will continue to be remembered for the birthplace of the culture and music of New Orleans. Congo Square was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, however, it was not until Councilmember Palmer authored the legislation that the City Council officially designated the name by municipal ordinance. Congo Square was also the site of the first and second Jazz and Heritage Festival and the popular Jazz Fest stage is named in its honor.

Cafe Istanbul – 2011

Assisted the New Orleans Healing Center and Cafe Istanbul to successfully obtain a text amendment to the CZO to add amusement places as a conditional use under HMC-2, which paved the way for other establishments to apply for a conditional use to operate as an amusement place which allows for live entertainment and alcohol.

Former Third Presbyterian Church on Esplanade (2540 Esplanade) Recording Studio – 2011

Assisted owner Misha Kachkachishvili in a zoning change to allow for a recording studio.

Renaming of St.Claude Street to the name Henriette Delille Street – 2011

Ordinance Cal. No. 28,560 authored by Councilmember Gisleson Palmer to rename St. Claude Street to the name Henriette Delille Street. St. Claude Street was regularly confused with St. Claude Avenue and posed problems for residents of the street.

Candlelight Lounge – 2010

Supported the owner Mrs. Leona Grandison and walked her through the application process for a live entertainment permit so that Candlelight Lounge could operate with a legal non-conforming use (a.k.a., “grandfather status”). Mrs. Grandison provided Safety and Permits with affidavits affirming that Candlelight Lounge has held live music performances for over 20 years. In obtaining a live entertainment, permit she preserved and protected her right to continue the lounge’s history of live music.

Pedicab Permitting System

I have utilized best practices to create a pedicab permitting system that other cities have in turn contacted me to model their own pedicab for-hire permit systems.

Taxicab Reform

I began taxicab regulation reform and drafted many of the changes implemented today. I oversaw coordination and adoption of taxicab reform ordinances. To achieve this, I worked with the taxicab industry, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOCVB), city officials, the Taxicab and For-Hire Bureau, City Council members and their staff, and others to push reform legislation though City Council and the New Orleans Aviation Board.

Accessible Taxicabs

After learning of the lack of handicap-accessible transportation options in New Orleans I wrote the first ordinance that the current accessible taxicabs are modeled after. I organized meetings with RTA/Veolia reps, spokespersons for mobility-impaired community, and members of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee to identify lack of vehicles equipped to transport all users, whether able-bodied or wheelchair dependent.

Complete Streets Legislation

I worked with transportation leaders, nonprofits, scholars, DPW, the Regional Planning Commission, LADOTD, and others to provide guidelines and benchmarks that enabled me to craft the first city (municipal) ordinance adopted in Louisiana, and the first municipal ordinance adopted in the Southeast Region that codifies how all roadways shall be constructed or redesigned in order to allow all users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, public transportation, and motor vehicles, to safely and efficiently use and share our public streets (e.g., bike lanes, crosswalks, bump-outs for parking, etc.)

Street Car Expansion

I promoted community support and planning of the street car line’s expansion along the North Rampart and St. Claude corridor.

Canal Street and Algiers Ferry

I assisted in negotiations that led to the takeover of the ferry system by the Regional Transit Authority and Veolia.

Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee

I worked with Councilmember Palmer and private and public transportation experts to form this advisory committee, for which I served as liaison for the City Council.