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    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

City Council approves 3-D billboards in Center City

Philadelphia City Council voted on Thursday to approve legislation that would allow two animated, digital, three-dimensional billboards to be placed at key corners in Center City. Under the legislation, which was…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Letters supporting 3D billboards are identical, linked to Catalyst petition

They do exist, the hundreds of letters Councilman Mark Squilla said he had received from constituents supporting his bill to allow 3-D billboards in Center City. But they carry identical text,…

    • IRMX zoning classification

PCPC approves IRMX revisions

On Tuesday, the Planning Commission voted to approve changes to the IRMX zoning category, which is meant to encourage the mixed-use redevelopment of former industrial properties. The category is new…

    • A pedestrian walks by a gated lot located along Washington Ave. in Southwest Center City. | Photo: Neal Santos

Planners endorse temporary zoning overlay for Washington Ave.

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend a new zoning overlay for Washington Avenue west of Broad Street. The measure is intended as a temporary bulwark to keep…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

Diaz stumps for inclusionary zoning to expand affordable housing

In a policy statement released Tuesday morning, Nelson Diaz said that if his mayoral campaign is successful he’ll push for a policy of inclusionary zoning that would require 20 percent of…

    • zoning notice

Appeals to zoning board trending downward

In a possible sign that Philadelphia’s rewritten zoning code is having its intended effect, the number of cases heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment continues to decline even as development…

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Zoning code changes would help guide redevelopment of former industrial sites

Two members of City Council are proposing changes to a new zoning classification that’s meant to encourage the redevelopment of former industrial sites into mixed-use residential projects. The category, Industrial Residential…

    • The former Buck Hosiery factory's rubble and charred remains.

Nutter budget would bolster L&I, expand vacant property unit

In his final budget proposal as mayor, Michael Nutter is recommending a $5.5 million increase for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the agency responsible for enforcing the building and zoning…

    • Albion Mills, Hagert and Jasper

Developers seek zoning change for mill redevelopment in Kensington

Last month, Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a zoning bill that would allow for an abandoned mill building in Kensington to be redeveloped into apartments and commercial space. The property, formerly Albion…

    • 2401 Washington rendering

Planning Commission supports 2401 Washington project, zoning hearing delayed

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted to support a proposal to build a 113-unit, mixed-use apartment complex at 24th and Washington in South Philly, a property currently occupied by…

    • Darrell Clarke | Newsworks photo

Clarke modifies charter proposal, seeks Council approval of new cabinet appointee

A modified version of City Council President Darrell Clarke’s proposal to amend the city charter and create a cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development will go before the Council’s Committee on…

    • A lone van parks in a turning lane

Johnson introduces temporary zoning rules for Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue west of Broad Street is in its own world. Its 10 blocks form the northern border of Point Breeze and the southern border of the Graduate Hospital and South…

    • On Thursday Night Market returns to Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy with more than 50 vendors.

Councilman aims to make business easier for food trucks

Councilman Mark Squilla is making a push to formalize—and liberalize—the city’s regulations on food trucks, an industry which has been growing in Philadelphia and around the country in recent years. Two…

    •  A happy crew celebrating Claflen Associates Excellence Award for Skyplane

Claflen explains SkyPlane project and presents award for that work to Planning Commission

Skyplane is a 2012 Zoning Code-adopted way to measure the exposure to light in a street as indicated by the amount of access to the open sky. Skyplane calculation is intended…

    • Darrell Clarke

Clarke to send planning and development re-org plan back to committee for more discussion

Council President Darrell Clarke said on Thursday that he would send his proposal to restructure the city's planning and development agencies back to committee for more discussion and amendments. The proposal, which would…

    • South Philadelphia District plan meeting, Feb. 9, 2015

Planning Commission hears South Philadelphia District update

Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission heard about the research and civic engagement PCPC staff had conducted on planning and zoning goals for the South District, which is bounded, very roughly,…

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Civic groups ask Clarke to pull back charter change proposal

A group of civic associations from across the city has sent a letter to all members of City Council asking for a proposed charter change to be removed from Council’s agenda…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke

Darrell Clarke wants to restructure the government. Does anybody else?

It wasn’t hostility that filled the Council Chambers last month, when the committee on law and government held a hearing to consider a proposal to restructure the local government and create…

    • River Wards district plan

Planning Commission kicks off River Wards district planning

The River Wards Plan is a 10-month process to focus attention on the neighborhoods of the River Wards, Philadelphia as part of the wider Philadelphia Comprehensive Plan. It includes public input, discussions with…

    • The property at 365 Green Lane has been purchased by local business owner Roger Ross. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Neighbors win struggle with developer over historic Roxborough property

After a 12-month battle, members of the Roxborough community and neighbors of 365 Green Lane are breathing a little easier as they head into 2015. The historic property has been mired…

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