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    • Frank DiCicco, 2017 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Q&A with Frank DiCicco, former councilman turned new zoning board chair

Through the last half of the 20th century, Philadelphia’s mid-century zoning code was Frankenstein-ed into an impenetrable tome, creating a convoluted development process, and empowering the local politicians who became its…

    • Walking Uptown, 16th and Ridge

Francisville downzoning objections come to Council too late

The public comment period near the end of each City Council session is rarely a forum for reasoned criticisms of pending legislation. If a critic enjoys the clout or the know-how,…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Tacony sex-positive community center will proceed without zoning relief

On Wednesday the sex-positive community center proposed for the Tacony Music Hall was slated to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). Instead it asked for a continuance, pushing the…

    • Tacony community meeting about 'sex-positive community center' on March 23, 2017 | Jake Blumgart/PlanPhilly

Proposed 'sex-positive community center' gets fair hearing from Tacony residents

Thursday night’s community meeting in Tacony went better than anyone could have expected. A proposal to open a private sex-positive club in the midst of a residential neighborhood would likely stir…

    • Zoning notification diagram, 2016 RCO Fact Sheet

Councilman Henon proposes changes to RCO requirements and zoning notice

On Thursday Councilman Bobby Henon introduced legislation to tweak the regulations governing the city’s Registered Community Organizations (RCOs). A product of the 2012 zoning code, RCOs are geographically-specific organizations that developers…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Will Tacony Music Hall turn into 'sex-positive community center'?

The Victorian redbrick Tacony Music Hall is an icon of this working class riverfront community in the lower Northeast. The stately bulk of the building is breathtaking, standing out from its…

    • Stations for Recommended TOD Overlays

Council proposes zoning changes to drive transit-oriented development

When Philadelphia adopted its new zoning code in 2013, policymakers included an overlay provision meant to encourage denser development around transit stations. In theory, it meant that developers could build more…

    • Planner David Fecteau discussing zoning changes with Somerset Neighbors for Better Living, January 2017

Scrap yard fight in Kensington won't end with rezoning

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) gave the members of Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) some good news regarding the future of three scrap yards located north…

    • Silver Street outside Philadelphia Scrap Metal | Catalina Jaramillo, January 2016

Kensington neighbors living by scrap yards want a future without salvage next door

On Wednesday morning, Shawn Rowe and his wife were crossing East Silver Street in Kensington with their 3-year-old daughter and their newborn in a stroller. The block, near the intersection of…

    • Zoning map detail showing CMX 2.5 and CMX 2 zones in North Philadelphia

Planning Commission supports 36 changes to zoning code

2016’s final meeting of the Planning Commission centered on a year end zoning reform omnibus bill introduced by Councilman William Greenlee on behalf of City Council President Darrell Clarke. The bill…

    • Parkway House

Logan Square neighborhood rezoning awaits Council approval

The last few decades have seen enormous changes in the Logan Square neighborhood. Most recently the Whole Foods flagship landed there, complete with cocktail cart and butcher’s block. The Philadelphia Latter…

    • St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius reuse clears zoning board, opponents eye appeal

Earlier this week the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) finally issued its decision on the future of the closed St. Laurentius Catholic Church in Fishtown. The almost 150-year-old structure has been…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

Planning Commission weighs in on medical marijuana, Logan Triangle zoning

On Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Planning Commission voted to recommend a raft of remapping bills and two bigger changes to the zoning code. One would add a new “sustainability coordinator” position…

    • 704-708 Sansom Street, Jewelers Row, September 2016

Demolition permits issued for Jewelers' Row buildings

On Wednesday afternoon the Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I) issued the demolition permits to raze buildings on Jewelers Row. The move comes in advance of a Thursday morning Historical Commission…

    • 704 Sansom Street, Jewelers' Row, September 2016

Zoning Board rejects appeal of Jewelers' Row permits

On Wednesday afternoon the Zoning Board of Adjustment quickly, and unanimously, ruled to deny an appeal that sought to stymie Toll Brothers’ proposed development on Jewelers’ Row. The proposed condo tower…

    • Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing, Jewelers' Row, Sept. 28, 2016 | Jake Blumgart, PlanPhilly

Zoning Board hears arguments over Jewelers' Row permits, continues hearing to next week

A Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) meeting ended in acrimony on Wednesday afternoon, as the body decided to continue hearing the case about whether the Toll Brothers adequately posted signage about…

    • 2010 Wharton Zoning Hearing

What should Philly expect in a new Zoning Board chair?

During the 2015 mayoral race Jim Kenney expressed a desire to professionalize the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) and ensure that it operated in a fair and “speedier” fashion. In almost…

    • St. Laurentius zoning meeting vote, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

Fishtowners feud at community meeting over St. Laurentius reuse proposal

On Tuesday night the Fishtown Neighbors Association held a zoning meeting and nonbinding vote on the future of St. Laurentius church. Developer Leo Voloshin stood before the massive crowd and defended…

    • Bridgeview, interior courtyard parking | JKR Partners

Proposal to increase parking minimums finds no support at Planning Commission

Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission centered on Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s bill to double the amount of parking required at many forms of new development in the city. The bill would…

    • Dr. James Moylan | Moylan Chiropractic

Philly zoning board chair out after FBI raids

The chairman of the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment has resigned three weeks after his office and home were searched in connection with the investigation into the powerful electrician's union. Mayor…

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