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    • The effort to create the Central Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay was sparked by the community's involvement surrounding the Bunting House demolition issue. (NewsWorks, file art)

Planning Commission walks back changes for steep slopes, tweaks registered community organization regulations

Last Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted against new regulations—regulations the Commission staff itself proposed—which would have streamlined the approval process for smaller projects subject to special zoning requirements for…

    • Frederick Street | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Northwest residents boo changes to ‘steep slope’ zoning code, RCO rules debated

In a public hearing Monday, community organizers from neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia expressed unanimous disapproval of the City Planning Commission’s proposed changes to the “steep slope” provisions in the zoning code,…

    • Archaeologist Mary Alfson Tinsman points to slides showing historical maps of Potter’s Field at a meeting in late December.

Archaeological dig at Germantown Potter's Field site will not start before March

An archaeological dig to see if human remains lie beneath the Queen Lane Apartments site won't begin until at least March, as a months-long historic review of the 18th-century Potter's Field…



Germantown, East Germantown, Blue Bell Hill, West Mount Airy, East Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill.

The Upper Northwest district, oriented around the Germantown Avenue commercial corridor, is known for its historic homes, tree-lined streets, and excellent public transportation. The district is situated to the east of Wissahickon Park. Key issues are revitalizing greater Germantown, supporting historic preservation efforts throughout the district, planning for transit-oriented development along the Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West rail lines and at Wayne Junction Station, improving the pedestrian-oriented Germantown and Chelten commercial corridors, and retrofitting an historically and architecturally significant housing stock to meet the needs of contemporary households.


Matt Wysong, 215-683-4650,


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