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    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016

Abatements, assessments, and unanswered questions from land value shift in 2017 property taxes

Ever since the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) released the new 2017 property assessments, unanswered questions have lingered regarding whose tax liabilities increased and why. The 2017 assessments shifted more value…

    • Noncompliant billboard on New State Road.

City Council advances pro-billboard legislation even after city stripped of authority to regulate highway billboards

Following a contentious hearing, a city council committee approved a trio of bills that would bring one longtime illegal billboard into local code compliance and pave the way for the construction…

    • Brian O'Neill zoning

O'Neill bill would codify councilmanic prerogative in subdivision process

A new bill from 10th District Councilman Brian O’Neill could write councilmanic prerogative into the city’s routine planning procedures first time, by shifting power over property subdivisions that the city charter…

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ABOUT GOVERNMENT

Government is an inescapable authority in urban planning.  This relationship largely arose out of necessity; one example is the creation of Euclidean zoning in American cities, where smoke-billowing factories where built across the street from high-density residential neighborhoods, which proved to have drastic health impacts.  The government’s function has always been to uphold citizen’s basic health, safety and welfare, and it is likely that you would hear different responses from different people as to how successfully government meets this requirement.  Each government approaches this requirement differently, with various committees, task forces, and agencies.  What has proved important in planning efforts in recent years is that there is a clear vehicle for public input to contribute to a process led by or funded by government.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN GOVERNMENT

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