CDAG asks city council not to make any riverfront zoning changes that contradict the Central Delaware Master Plan

A group that advocates for the Central Delaware Riverfront has asked Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council to support the refrain from any zoning-by-parcel unless the zoning change fits in the the Central Delaware Master Plan.

The Central Delaware Advocacy Group, an organization made up of representatives from riverfront community and civic organizations, lobbies for the public's vision for the Delaware waterfront, from Oregon to Allegheny avenues, as distilled through years of public meetings that resulted in the Central Delaware Master Plan.

In an open letter to city leaders, CDAG also urges the planning commission and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation to make sure the new waterfront zoning overlay gets to City Council in time for them to pass it before the new zoning code goes into effect in August.

While the new zoning code contains regulations that pertain to the Central Delaware – the area between the river and I-95, from Oregon to Allegheny – the overlay will supplement the code and codify any principals of the Central Delaware Master Plan that the code itself does not address.

CDAG also requests that Licenses and Inspections inspect all requests for permits and all plans of development to ensure that they fit in with the master plan. And that the Zoning Board of Adjustments keep “use variances” to a minimum.

CDAG discussed its reasons for sending such a letter at its January meeting.

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Kellie Patrick Gates, Waterfront, casinos, planning reporter

Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she  worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.

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