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    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Mapping affordable housing, crime or development in your Philadelphia neighborhood? Two new tools have you covered.

By Ken Steif I was recently asked to join my neighborhood Registered Community Organization (RCO) – the Spruce Hill Community Association in West Philly. At my first meeting, a University of Pennsylvania…

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Council still reworking rules for community orgs in development process

Friday’s Rules Committee hearing centered on two bills related to Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), neighborhood groups that are deeply embedded in Philadelphia’s development process. RCOs are geographically-specific organizations, created as part…

    • 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…

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Planning Commission denies four RCO appeals

At its October meeting, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission delayed the Schuylkill Yards project, approved a bill introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon to require more signage for projects requiring zoning variances,…

    • 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.

City's crop of Registered Community Organizations grows

After months of back-and-forth over potential new regulations governing Philadelphia’s Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), it looks like the city will have slightly more groups registered than it did when the process…

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August 1: Speeding up Amtrak on the cheap | 100 years of zoning | Dumpster pool

Alon Levy offers some cheaper alternatives to some of the budget-busting proposals in Amtrak's NEC Futures plan. One idea: fixing Frankford Junction to cut travel times between New York and…

    • 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…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. 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…

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September 22: Energy Improvement District for Parkside | Placemaking under elevated trains | Neighborhood Civics 101

This Washington Post chart of the most common housing types in different US cities shows Philadelphia absolutely blowing everybody else away in the rowhouse category, naturally. We also come in…

    • Zoning reformers react to Councilman Green's proposed changes to the draft code

Clarke drafting new zoning rules for community groups

Registered Community Organizations could soon be required to operate under the city’s official Standards of Conduct and Ethics, if a draft ordinance circulating around City Hall becomes law. The bill, prepared…

    • 2013 Reyburn Plaza / Paine Plaza conceptual rendering | Philadelphia City Planning Commission

May 4: How to fix Reyburn Plaza | Callowhill's planning mistakes | Dilworth fountains as crowd control

Inga Saffron says the Dilworth Park fountains were used as a form of crowd control at the Philly is Baltimore protest. Duncan Black unpacks the South Philly parking psychology in Danya…

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South Street West Civic Association board ousted in election upset

Remember the South Street West Civic Association? When last we heard from them their president, Barbara Failer, was leading the charge against a variance request from developer Jason Nusbaum to build…

    • Ridge and Callowhill, Photo by Philadelphia Photos
Eyes on the Street

January 24: Council back in session, passes RCO bill | Snow day for SEPTA employees | Blatstein bargains with community | Australian company builds Navy Yard HQ | Flu shot map

Good morning, Streeters!  City Council is back in session. At the top of the to-do list is legislation being pushed forward by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to require annual day-care…

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RCO bill amended, passed out of Committee

City Council’s Committee on Rules recommended approval of an amended bill reorganizing the rules for Registered Community Organizations in a split vote Wednesday morning, but the bill won’t be able to…

    • Divided Planning Commission recommends zoning change for Norris Square

Councilman Henon to float new changes to zoning rules for RCOs

When City Council adopted a new zoning code two years ago, after more than four years of work, the new system of Registered Community Organizations—which formalized the practice of meetings between…

    • City Council adopted a new zoning code in Dec., 2011

Debate over Registered Community Organizations in full bloom

City Council’s Committee on Rules heard half a day of testimony Tuesday on a bill that would amend some regulations related to Registered Community Organizations, neighborhood groups with a formal role…

    • Matt Ruben and Joe Schiavo of CDAG

Battle looming over Registered Community Organizations

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval on Tuesday of a bill that its staff helped Councilman Bobby Henon draft and that would largely revert the zoning code’s rules governing Registered…

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Council overrides Mayoral veto of RCO bill as O’Neill backs off community garden restrictions

In its first meeting of 2013, City Council voted to override a Mayoral veto—not announced until Thursday morning—of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s bill changing some provisions of the new zoning code’s Registered…

    • Committee recommends changes to zoning code rules on community input

Committee recommends changes to zoning code rules on community input

It appears that the new rules regarding community input in the development process will be changed, having been in effect for just over three months. City Council’s Committee on Rules reported…

    • Council takes care of leftover zoning business as fight looms over further amendments

Council takes care of leftover zoning business as fight looms over further amendments

Short three members, City Council unanimously passed two zoning bills Thursday morning left over from its spring session. The first enacts a citywide 50-foot buffer to new construction on all rivers…

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