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    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

"NIMBY does apply sometimes," says Jones on cannabis dispensaries

On Thursday, City Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill [PDF] that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries both in his district, which includes neighborhoods like Overbrook Farm and Roxborough, as well as…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City Council is back from summer break. Day 1 ended with construction tax dead and Kenney promising $ for housing.

Negotiations between City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney on new affordable housing funding concluded Thursday morning as the administration and the legislative body came to an agreement to officially kill the…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Construction tax's fate uncertain as City Council wraps up for summer

The fate of a proposed 1 percent construction tax for Philadelphia remained up in the air Thursday, during the last City Council session before the summer recess. The bill squeezed past…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson during Thursday's eminent domain hearing. | Jared Brey, PlanPhilly

City Council unanimously approves call for hearings on racial disparities in Philly mortgage market

City government must do more to fight segregation in Philadelphia's neighborhood, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson implored his colleagues on Thursday. “There is a myth that the civil rights movement has relegated racial…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

'Just cause' eviction bill clears City Council committee

On Tuesday, a bill intended to protect renters from being evicted without “good cause” moved one step closer to a vote by City Council. Passed out of committee, the bill will…

    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY

"Stop-and-go" bill passes Council, but deeper tensions underlie debate

City Council approved a controversial “stop-and-go” bill during its final meeting of 2017, which periodically threatened to descend into anarchy as supporters and opponents of Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ legislation flooded Council’s…

    • Cobbs Creek

As it fills in final missing bits, Philly’s nearly-complete city plan exposes gap between neighborhood hopes and political realities

As Samantha Petty considered the Planning Commission’s proposals for her community, she experienced a wave of déjà vu. Standing in the hallway of West Philadelphia High School, at the last…

    • Signage for new housing on the way. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Inclusionary zoning bill clears committee, but final vote delayed until 2018

Maria Quiñones-Sanchez’s controversial bill requiring developers to devote a percentage of new housing to low-income residents incrementally advanced on Tuesday, but don’t expect a City Council vote on it anytime soon.…

    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY

Bill to regulate restaurants gets fiery reception at City Council hearing

After a fiery hearing, which lasted for much of Monday, the Committee on Public Health and Human Services voted to amend a bill to regulate so-called “stop-and-go” restaurants, which critics say…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Inconclusive Zoning: Planning Commission not sold on changes to affordable housing bill

The inclusionary zoning bill that City Council spent all autumn crafting now appears to have morphed into what critics say would essentially be an impact fee on Center City development. In…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Home security? Some opposed to Domb’s bill to securitize liens on tax deadbeats

After almost two years in office, Councilmember-At-Large Allan Domb finally introduced the bill he ran his campaign on. At Thursday’s City Council session, he put forward tax-lien securitization legislation that…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Why does Philadelphia love downzoning so much?

Following the Planning Commission’s approval two weeks ago, a raft of zoning remapping bills sailed through a breezy City Council hearing on Tuesday. There were no questions from the arrayed councilmembers…

    • St. Boniface Church was demolished in April, 2012

Philly moves to regulate demolition

Philadelphia plans to tighten regulations on demolitions after a year of heightened fears of lead poisoning in construction-heavy residential neighborhoods. At Thursday’s City Council session two bills were introduced, both drafted…

    • Bunting House demo on Ridge Avenue.

Planning Commission puts hold on Ridge Ave demolition moratorium

In late September Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill that would institute a one-year moratorium on demolitions along Ridge Avenue, a central thoroughfare that runs through Philadelphia’s northwestern neighborhoods. He worries…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters | Brandywine Realty Trust

KOZs proposed, renewed to lure Amazon to University City

Philadelphia is preparing an incentive package for Amazon, in hopes of attracting the corporation to establish its second headquarters in the city. This week, legislation is advancing to help sweeten the…

    • Darrell Clarke

Anti-foreclosure bill improved after summerlong simmer, officials say

UPDATE: The bill passed on Oct. 5, 2017. On Thursday, City Council advanced amendments to legislation passed last June that would reduce tax foreclosures, but never was enacted due to…

    • Tulip and Westmorland | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Parking and affordable housing dominate Department of Planning and Development budget hearing

At City Council’s hearings on the capital budget two perennial issues dominated the debate: parking and affordable housing. The subject of the day included funding for the nascent Department of Planning…

    • City permit desks in the Municipal Service Building | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Council supportive of higher city permit fees, funds to support L&I, Historical Commission

The Philadelphia City Council is considering increasing fees across the board for most licenses and permits. That might seem like a potentially contentious proposition, inspiring pushback from the business community. Instead,…

    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

Council passed Keystone Opportuntiy Zone expansion, splits in voting down Parking Authority audit

On Thursday, City Council enacted a slew of new legislation, with the notable exception of a bill that called for an audit of the scandal-plagued Philadelphia Parking Authority. A majority of…

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