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    • A view of City Hall and its neighbors
Eyes on the Street

Meet the broken system costing your neighborhood its voice

By Ashley Hahn “Philadelphia cannot afford to hang on to a process that favors discretion and subjectivity over objectivity, clarity and predictability.” That’s how a 2004 Building Industry Association report criticized…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 20th Street

February 5: Accidental Open Streets | PA cities' high lead counts | Pearl Properties building 14-story by-right tower

Jonas Maciūnas and Victoria Harris-Maciūnas have a fun blog post up about an accidental Open Streets day that happened over the weekend, when a truck broke down at 20th and Spruce and…

    • Single-family houses with ground floor garages recently rose on the 200 block of Arch Street.

Council to vote on major zoning code amendments

Earlier this week, City Council’s Committee on Rules and the City Planning Commission both gave their approval to a 30-page bill making a host of changes to the zoning code. The…

    • 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…

    • The Royal

Why spot zoning is probably here to stay

When Comcast unveiled its plans for a new skyscraper earlier this year, Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a few bills adjusting the zoning rules for the parcel in question so that…

    • Girard Station TOD Overlay

The tricky politics of transit-oriented development in Northern Liberties

Last Wednesday's morning news roundup led to an interesting discussion with PlanPhilly contributor and Northern Liberties Neighbors Association President Matt Ruben about whether it was fair to characterize opposition to an…

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Opinion: New zoning classification has strings attached no one should want

So there’s a large lot right in the middle of your otherwise nice rowhouse block. Fifty years ago it was a small factory, but now it’s a nuisance, full of trash…

    • Part of the proposed Wynn site

Waterfront advocates taking aim at zoning changes that linger without the development that inspired them

If a development isn't built, any zoning changes that were granted for it should expire, say members of an advocacy group that defends the city's goals for the Central Delaware Waterfront.…

    • Detailing | Michael Klusek
Eyes on the Street

February 10-14: TTF Watershed breakfast | Gray Area: Cara Bertron | Azavea After Hours | Pier 68 input | Commercial corridor development and zoning

SHARE: TTF Watershed Volunteer Info & Networking Breakfast Tuesday, February 11. 8:30am - 10am. Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street. Join the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership for breakfast and a chat…

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Two words sum up zoning and development coverage in 2013: Reform fatigue

One benefit of carving time into uniform chunks is the opportunity it provides to retroactively define the characteristics of a given chunk, and, by delimiting the past, expand our understanding thereof.…

    • 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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A new zoning dictionary just for Philadelphia

For the first time in my life I am watching tennis and, I think, beginning to understand it. Each game follows a fairly simple game logic: first to four points, win…

    • zcc final vote

Assessing the zoning code after one year

On Thursday, one year after the city’s new zoning code was enacted, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission delivered a report to members of City Council describing how well the code is…

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City Council to receive report on new zoning code

This Thursday, August 22nd, marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of Philadelphia’s first new zoning code in half a century. In compliance with the requirements of the legislation that enacted…

    • North Philly Skyline

City needs remapping before impacts of new code are felt, builders say

There’s a lot in Philadelphia’s reformed zoning code, now nearly a year old, that developers, architects and other code users seem to like. It’s shorter, for one. Easier to understand. Better…

    • Mayor Michael Nutter and Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger celebrated the enactment of a new zoning code in August

Draft of zoning code report finds little change so far at the zoning board

“The Commission shall analyze the Zoning Code to determine …. whether the Code may be consolidated or simplified to make it more consistent and easy to understand and to reduce the…

    • Pine Street bike lane
Eyes on the Street

June 3-7: Barbarella | Zoning feedback sessions | Bike/Ped webinar | Bright Green Buidlings | Kevin Gillen and Mark Alan Hughes at DAG | Woodlands benefit

Here's what's on tap this week: VIEW: Architecture in Film: Barbarella Monday, June 3, 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm. Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. Architecture in Film, hosted by…

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Planning Commission seeks feedback on new zoning code

If you've got something to say about the new zoning code--either the one that was enacted last August or the one that remains after City Council has adopted a series of…

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