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    • Holy Redeemer facility gets SPINS zoning relief

Holy Redeemer Lafayette facility gets zoning relief; capital budget update

The Holy Redeemer Lafayette retirement community in Fox Chase received approval from the Planning Commission Tuesday for SP-INS zoning relief that will allow the facility to create a three-story addition on…

    • South District planning process discussion

Planning Commission hears about South District public feedback

City planner Nicole Ozdemir presented the Planning Commissioners with a detailed look at the DRAFT Philadelphia2035 South District Plan Tuesday afternoon. The PCPC hosted three public meetings in the district…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair pushes ahead with Business Improvement District

Business and civic leaders in Mayfair are doubling down on efforts to transform a two-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue into the commercial core of Northeast Philadelphia. A bill introduced in City…

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ABOUT PLANNING

Urban planning is relatively new as an official profession, but most settlements and cities were created with varying degrees of consideration for layout and functionality.  All cities have been shaped and reshaped, from their street fabric to the details of the sewer lines all elements of the city are brought together into a cohesive whole.

It is not something we’re always conscious of, but our lives are shaped by urban planning – how far we live from our work, what transportation we use to get around, the size of our neighborhood park (if we have one), etc. Literacy in many different disciplines is required in order to shape the built environment, but planning mainly focuses on the integration of land use and transportation needs.

What constitutes good city planning has evolved over the years. For example, the urban renewal movement of the mid 20th century used eminent domain to tear down thousands of blocks of structures because they were considered slums. Many people were displaced without relocation plans from their neighborhoods, many of which would have likely been reborn today considering the trends of many current downtown renewal projects. Further, land that was once agricultural suddenly became ripe for residential development once a large-capacity road was built nearby, which has slowly deflated America’s farming industries.

There are many elements that factor into city planning processes.  They include:

  • Design/aesthetics
  • Safety/crime
  • Environmental sustainability and energy consumption
  • Transportation
  • Community involvement and input in the planning process

UPCOMING EVENTS IN PLANNING

  • Jun 2, 2015
  • Jun 3, 2015
  • Jun 24, 2015

2015 Planning Law Review

3:30PM – 5:30PM
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