Planning Commission approves Land Bank plan

The City Planning Commission added its approval to the first strategic plan for the Philadelphia Land Bank on Tuesday. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the plan after a presentation from John Carpenter, the deputy director of the Redevelopment Authority, and Scott Page, of Interface Studio, which completed the Land Bank plan.

The plan was already recommended by a City Council committee in early December and adopted by the full Council soon after that.

It includes a number of priority areas for the redevelopment of the city’s thousands of vacant buildings and lots. In creating the plan, Interface Studio used a load of data supplied by the Planning Commission from its own district plans.

Alan Urek, deputy director of the Planning Commission, said that the Land Bank plan fits perfectly with the goals of the Philadelphia2035 comprehensive planning process.

Below: Video of the presentation. Click here for more coverage on the Land Bank strategic plan.

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Jared Brey, Reporter

Jared Brey is a freelance reporter based in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in Philadelphia magazine, Hidden CityThe Philadelphia InquirerCity & State, and other publications. He covered development, zoning policy, historic preservation, and city government for PlanPhilly from 2011-2016. 

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