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Kenney appoints labor representative to the zoning board

Mayor Jim Kenney has selected Confesor Plaza, a field representative with the Laborers’ Union Local 57, to serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the independent board that decides when to…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016
Eyes on the Street

How to unscrew-up neighborhood zoning in two easy steps

After three years under a new zoning code there are some kinks worth ironing out. Here Community Contributor Matt Ruben, President of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, identifies two fixes that…

    • 3811 Main Street (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

After neighborhood pushback, residential development on Main Street nixed

A request for variances to build a 65-unit apartment complex on Manayunk's lower Main Street, a project that has been opposed by two neighboring civic groups, was denied by the Zoning…

    • Triangle Park at 601 Christian Street was fenced by its owner, Stuart Schlaffman, last week.

Zoning board rejects apartment proposal at 6th & Christian

The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted on Wednesday to deny a developer’s proposal to build a four-story apartment building and restaurant on a vacant triangle of land at 6th and Christian…

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Planning Commission considers zoning bills, broadcasts live, bids farewell

Next month, or the month after, or the month after that, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will appoint a new group of people to serve on the City Planning Commission. Maybe he’ll retain…

    • This horse stable turned garage on Rittenhouse Street is being converted to residential use.

Proposal to limit student housing in Rittenhouse amended

A proposal to ban housing for students in the neighborhood surrounding Rittenhouse Square was amended by a City Council committee on Wednesday so that it will now pertain to just the…

    • SEPTA Route 23 and old trolley tracks. www.phillytrolley.org

November 24: Longest bus route splits Sunday | Zoning and Inequality | Old City Marriott | 40th St. Trolley

Bus route 23, which runs from the bottom of South Philly to the crest of Chestnut Hill, will be split as of this Sunday, Philadelphia Magazine reports. The route is…

    • Single family houses with ground floor garages on 200 block of Arch

Council to vote on major zoning code amendments

Earlier this week, City Council’s Committee on Rules and the City Planning Commission both gave their approval to a 30-page bill making a host of changes to the zoning code. The…

    • Green roof

Council approves density bonuses for green roofs, pumps brakes on student-housing ban

City Council’s Committee on Rules voted on Monday to approve a bill that would allow developers to build extra apartment units in certain zoning districts if they install qualifying green roofs…

    • Rendering of Midwood proposal for 9th and Washington

Planning Commission approves rezoning for Italian Market apartment project

The Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend a bill that would allow a 70-unit apartment complex to rise at 9th Street and Washington Avenue in the Italian Market. The project,…

    • 22nd & South | Steve Ives on Flickr

Council adopts zoning changes allowing more density in Center City

City Council voted on Thursday to approve a bill that allows slightly taller and denser buildings at key corner properties in Center City. The bill has been in the works for…

    • Powelton Village

Landlords lose court challenge to Philadelphia's definition of 'family'

Eating all your meals together and living under the same roof doesn’t make you a family, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled. Late last month, the court delivered an opinion…

    • A strip mall at Ridge and Lyceum with parking in the rear constructed in 2007.

Rezonings pending to bolster Roxborough’s commercial corridors

Roxborough lost its years-long battle against a drive-through Wendy’s on the neighborhood’s main commercial drag at Ridge and Roxborough avenues this summer. But it’s hoping to win the war. Last week,…

    • Live! Hotel and Casino | BLT Architects

Councilman Johnson introduces rezoning for South Philly casino

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday morning that would allow Cordish Companies to build its proposed Live! Hotel and Casino at the sports complex in South Philadelphia. The company,…

    • Society Hill Playhouse

Toll Brothers pursuing condo project at Society Hill Playhouse

Three groups of neighbors in the area surrounding 8th and Lombard streets in Washington Square West are staunchly opposed to a proposal that would see Society Hill Playhouse and a two-story…

    • 1300 Fairmount | Cope Linder Architects

Board approves supermarket and apartments behind Divine Lorraine

Philadelphia’s zoning board voted last week to approve plans for a major development at 1300 Fairmount Avenue, behind the Divine Lorraine. The project, from RAL Development Services of New York, would…

    • Little Pete's | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

UPDATE: Committee approves Little Pete's rezoning, East Callowhill overlay

Note: This story has been updated from a previous version. The votes of Council's Rules Committee are listed under each item.  While restaurants around Center City struggled this weekend to fill…

    • 3.0 University Place | University Place Associates

Planned office building at 41st and Market gets a push in Council

A bill introduced in City Council on Thursday would change the zoning of a parcel of land at 41st and Market streets in West Philly to make way for the proposed…

    • Philadelphia, July 2015 | Justin Wolfe, EOTS Flickr Group

Long in the works, Center City zoning changes to be called for a vote

A zoning bill first introduced more than a year ago appears to be headed for a vote next month. The bill, introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, creates a special “Commercial District…

    • East Callowhill Overlay | Planning Commission, Sept. 2015

Officials hope zoning overlay will connect Old City, Northern Liberties

Planning Commission officials spent the summer working out the details of a new zoning overlay for East Callowhill, in hopes of transforming the narrow area separating Old City and Northern Liberties…

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