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    • 601 Christian

Developers discovering underused zoning bonus for fresh food markets

When we last left the triangle lot at 601 Christian Street in January, the Zoning Board of Adjustment had rejected a variance request from developers Dan Rosin and Rafi Licht for…

    • Site context for PHA's proposed headquarters on Ridge Avenue

Remaking Sharswood: Commission votes to upzone, strike streets for PHA’s new headquarters

On Tuesday the Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously recommended two zoning variances for the site of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s new headquarters planned for Ridge Avenue in North Philadelphia. The authority…

    • 13th & Washington | Cope Linder

Councilman Johnson introduces bill to stop Bart Blatstein’s proposed Broad and Washington development

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has listened to the critics and he’s doing something about it. Not his critics, though: Bart Blatstein’s, who have lambasted the real estate developer’s plans for a massive…

    • DCS hosted a community meeting at Dixon House last week to discuss programs and planning in Point Breeze and to introduce a new community visioning process they've started with KSK.

Commission adopts new rules for community groups, hearings to come

The Planning Commission has adopted a new set of departmental regulations governing the conduct of Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), and expects to hold a public hearing on the new rules sometime…

    • 29th and Girard streets in Brewerytown | Ifanyi Bell for WHYY

Commission votes against proposed down-zoning in Brewerytown

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted Tuesday not to support a bill that would rezone dozens of properties in Brewerytown to single-family residential, down from multi-family residential. The bill, introduced…

    • Lincoln Square | Alterra Property Group

Johnson sponsors zoning change for Lincoln Square project at Broad & Washington

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced two bills on Thursday that would allow Alterra Property Group to build a nine-story, 356-unit apartment complex and grocery store at the northwest corner of Broad Street…

    • These garages on Lombard Street (an RM-1 district) provide residential parking, but came at a cost: one extra long curb cut that took away on-street parking and created a boring pedestrian environment

Parking rules questioned at City Council budget hearing

“I’m just concerned about the density, and I’m really concerned about the parking,” Council President Darrell Clarke said Tuesday morning, addressing Planning Commission director Gary Jastrzab during budget hearings. “It’s a…

    • Holmesburg billboard streetview | Google

Henon clearing a path for new digital billboard on Interstate 95.

Philadelphia is finally getting another billboard on Interstate 95. On Thursday, Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill that would rezone a small portion of land near Pennypack Creek in Holmesburg from…

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

Bill would limit urban 'McMansions'

City Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill on Thursday that would prohibit single-family housing in areas zoned CMX-3, which is intended to be a relatively high-density commercial mixed-use zoning classification. The…

    • The former Inquirer building sits just west of the bridge at 400 N. Broad Street

Former Inquirer building and surrounding properties to be rezoned

The City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend two bills rezoning the former Inquirer building on North Broad, the Philadelphia School District Headquarters, and a small surface parking lot at…

    • Kenyatta Johnson | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman wants a code of conduct for Registered Community Organizations

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday that could establish “standards of conduct” for the many Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) that host neighborhood meetings and negotiate with developers over construction…

    • Zoning Board of Adjustment Notice

Pennsport civic leader to chair zoning board

Jim Moylan, a chiropractor who has been president of the Pennsport Civic Association for the last 12 years, has been selected by Mayor Jim Kenney to lead the Zoning Board of…

    • Brown Street, Francisville | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Francisville rezoning delayed, Fadullon sworn in as Planning Commission chair

Anne Fadullon, the city’s new Director of Planning and Development, was sworn in as a member of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. Immediately after being sworn in, Fadullon was nominated…

    • zoning notice

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…

    • pcpc file

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…

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