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    • 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…

    • New billboard regulations won’t be adopted this year

New billboard regulations won’t be adopted this year

On Wednesday morning, City Council’s Committee on Rules opted to amend out a portion of a bill adding new sign controls to the zoning code that deals with controls to non-accessory…

    • Bill retooling parking requirements to be restricted to North Central

Bill retooling parking requirements to be restricted to North Central

A bill that would have required developers to provide parking spaces and larger dwelling units in certain multifamily residential and commercial mixed-use districts citywide will be amended to restrict those provisions…

    • Planning Commission delays recommendation on O’Neill bills restricting uses in commercial corridors

Planning Commission delays recommendation on O’Neill bills restricting uses in commercial corridors

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to request an additional 45 days to make a recommendation on two bills introduced by 10th-District Councilman Brian O’Neill that change some…

    • Planning Commission opposes bill changing Registered Community Organization requirements

Planning Commission opposes bill changing Registered Community Organization requirements

In a unanimous vote Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission declined to recommend a zoning code amendment bill which was introduced into City Council last week by 3rd-District Councilwoman Jannie…

    • Councilmen Bill Green, Brian O'Neill and Mark Squilla huddle

O’Neill bills reclassify uses in commercial mixed-use districts, create new district to be mapped in

Hold onto your hats, planning fans. Things are about to get weird. During the zoning reform process, the Zoning Code Commission created a series of districts labeled CMX, for Commercial Mixed…

    • Autumn street| Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Point Breeze eminent domain moves ahead | more variances for retail? | Police still use typewriters | Germantown trash woes | Native American Museum decays | record Restaurant Week

Autumn street| Eyes on the Street Flickr GroupGood morning, Streeters. It’s GIS Day and we’ll be hanging out with mapmakers at the Free Library and at PennDesign to mark the…

    • 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…

    • Garages on Lombard Street
Eyes on the Street

Five reasons why Philly shouldn't set parking minimums

In the last few weeks we’ve heard a lot about how City Council members are trying to roll back pieces of the city's newly minted zoning code, including a proposal…

    • Skyline | Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
    • Mayor Michael Nutter and Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger celebrated the enactment of a new zoning code in August

Council amendments to clean-up bill would roll back more of new zoning code

Councilman Brian O’Neill wants to prohibit passive and active recreation in the CMX-2 zoning district. And fraternal organizations. And pet stores, and building supply stores, and transit stations—all uses permitted by…

    • BOO! | Send along your Halloween photos to @planphilly or eots@planphilly.com
Eyes on the Street

SEPTA back in service, defends shut down | 311 running 24/7 | polling place prep | stream buffer hearing

BOO! | Send along your Halloween photos to @planphilly or eots@planphilly.comHappy Halloween, Streeters. The clouds are lifting and blue sky is peeking through. Schools, city council, and government…

    • 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…

    • Hot Cloud | EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Passive, affordable houses in Logan | transpo infrastructure needs funding | Civic Design Review Committee established | Startup PHL to grant $3.5m

Good morning and happy Friday, Streeters. Today is Philly Photo Day, so don't forget to take a picture today anywhere in the city and submit it (one only) online.…

    • Developer Eric Blumenfeld now owns the Divine Lorraine Hotel. Will Philly's most iconic symbol of blight finally see new life? | Gary Reed, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
Eyes on the Street

Blumenfeld acquires Divine Lorraine | Council shrinking stream buffers | Great Chestnut Hill | Construction violations | Vote without ID

Developer Eric Blumenfeld now owns the Divine Lorraine Hotel. Will Philly's most iconic symbol of blight finally see new life? | Gary Reed, Eyes on the Street Flickr groupGood morning,…

    • 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…

    • Will the former Samuel Machinery Company building at 137 N. 3rd Street finally be redeveloped.
    • 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,…

Eyes on the Street

Hopefulness in zoning reform | Parkway light sculpture | Logan Circle en Blanc | SEPTA greenwashing

In her column today Inga Saffron explains why the new zoning code, which went into effect Wednesday, is a “watershed event for Philadelphia.” In addition to being clearer and easier to…

    • Detail of 1923 Walnut Street | Alan Jaffe, PlanPhilly
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