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Supreme Court provides more protection for property rights

Earlier this year, City Council approved a plan for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to acquire 17 privately owned parcels in Point Breeze for the future development of affordable housing. The plan…

    • 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…

    • Compromise in Council sets 50-foot stream buffer citywide

Compromise in Council sets 50-foot stream buffer citywide

In a Rules Committee hearing on Wednesday morning, 6th-District Councilman Bobby Henon put forward an amendment to Bill No. 120654 reflecting a compromise worked out between his office and a coalition…

    • The Zoning Code Commission sent its final report to City Council last fall

A swell of protest over proposed zoning code amendments

During public hearings on the new zoning code in City Council last fall, a few witnesses sought to quell some Councilmembers’ misgivings about the new code by reminding them that, should…

    • CDAG, other stream buffer advocates concerned about proposed amendments to 50-foot setback legislation

CDAG, other stream buffer advocates concerned about proposed amendments to 50-foot setback legislation

The Central Delaware Advocacy Group and other concerned groups hope to convince Philadelphia Councilman Bobby Henon to change his proposed amendments to stream buffer legislation.Several CDAG members have been representing…

    • Proposed stream buffer exemptions would apply to 40-45 percent of riverfront parcels

Proposed stream buffer exemptions would apply to 40-45 percent of riverfront parcels

UPDATED: An analysis completed by the Philadelphia Water Department shows that around 29 percent of all waterfront properties in Philadelphia have buildings located within the proposed 50-foot stream buffer. Furthermore, between…

    • Stream buffer bill won’t be finalized for at least two weeks

Stream buffer bill won’t be finalized for at least two weeks

On Wednesday, City Council’s Committee on Rules heard from architects and developers, designers and environmentalists. It heard from economists and city planners, from bicycle advocates, engineers, and district councilmembers. It considered…

    • Julie Slavet admires the day's work

Watershed partnership plants riparian buffer at Abington Junior High

“It starts, like, over there,” said Julie Slavet, pointing toward a soccer field on the campus of Abington Junior High School, six or so miles north of Philadelphia, in Montgomery County.…

    • Planning Commission recommends citywide stream buffer of 50 feet

Planning Commission recommends citywide stream buffer of 50 feet

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval Tuesday afternoon of City Council Bill No. 120654, which would adopt the Water Department’s hydrology map and enact a 50-foot buffer to new…

    • No amendments to stream buffer legislation yet

No amendments to stream buffer legislation yet

Two Northeast Philadelphia district Councilmen—Bobby Henon and Brian O’Neill of the 8th and 10th districts respectively—expressed support for a waterfront setback of 50 feet in conversations with PlanPhilly Thursday afternoon.Both…

    • Frankford Creek empties into the Delaware River

Council consensus on 50-foot stream buffer in jeopardy

A few weeks ago, a bill was introduced into City Council which would amend various technical errors in the new zoning code and approve the Water Department’s hydrology map. The…

    • Finnegan's Wake

City Council returns with a veto override, a code overhaul, and a push for 'tax fairness'

In its first meeting of the fall legislative session, City Council unanimously voted to override Mayor Michael Nutter’s veto of a bill introduced by First-District Councilman Mark Squilla allowing Finnigan’s Wake,…

    • Council to introduce waterfront setback ordinance at first meeting

Council to introduce waterfront setback ordinance at first meeting

On Thursday morning, when City Council reconvenes for its fall session, the Administration is expected to introduce an ordinance in cooperation with the Planning Commission which will bring to bear a…

Ordinance enacting a 50-foot stream setback to be introduced to Council on Thursday

The legislation is attached here. PlanPhilly will have an update later today. 

    • No citywide stream buffer in place, Council to consider Water Dept. hydrology map

No citywide stream buffer in place, Council to consider Water Dept. hydrology map

Philadelphia’s new zoning code went live late last month, but a key environmental provision—providing a 50-foot buffer to development for the city’s rivers and streams—won’t take effect until City Council approves,…

    • Council members huddle, finalizing amendments to zoning code bill

New zoning code will take effect without Commission’s finishing touches

Note: In an earlier version of this article, the 50-foot stream buffer was mistakenly identified as one of the Administration's amendments to the zoning code; it was in fact passed as…

    • Council members huddle, finalizing amendments to zoning code bill

Rules Committee shuffles amendments, recommends zoning code ‘clean-up’ bill

City Council’s Committee on Rules voted Wednesday morning to recommend a bill that amends various provisions of the new zoning code, which is scheduled to take effect August 22. The bill,…

Rules Committee delays vote on zoning amendments

City Council's Committee on Rules has postponed making a recommendation on dozens of amendments to the zoning code until its hearing Wednesday morning, June 13th. The Committee could not come to…

    • Planning Commission recommends new sign controls, amendments to zoning code

Planning Commission recommends new sign controls, amendments to zoning code

The Planning Commission voted to recommend the passage of two zoning bills under consideration by City Council in a special meeting Tuesday afternoon. The bills, which were introduced into Council on…

    • Council will consider 11th-hour amendments to new zoning code

Council will consider 11th-hour amendments to new zoning code

Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill in City Council Thursday morning amending portions of the new zoning code related to Civic Design Review, the pending ordinances doctrine, stream buffers, and parking.…

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