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Cutting Through the Zoning Code

    • City Council adopted a new zoning code in Dec., 2011

City Council adopts a new zoning code

“Having been read on two different days,” said outgoing City Council President Anna C. Verna, calling for a vote on zoning reform legislation in Council’s last session of the year Thursday…

    • Committee of the Whole favorably recommends ZCC final report

Committee of the Whole favorably recommends ZCC final report

The final report of the Zoning Code Commission cleared its penultimate hurdle Wednesday morning when Bill No. 110845 was passed out of City Council’s Committee of the Whole with a favorable…

City Council to hold public hearing on ZCC's Final Report

The Zoning Code Commission’s Final Report—representing half a decade of work and innumerable adjustments, rearrangements, additions and deletions—will be subject to a public hearing in City Council chambers Wednesday morning before…

    • Close-reading the Final Report: zoning variances

Close-reading the Final Report: zoning variances

The Zoning Code Commission officially adopted its Final Report a few weeks back, and Councilman Frank DiCicco recently introduced a bill to City Council which would replace the city’s current code…

    • Planning Commission recommends use of 'alternate vehicle' to pass new zoning code

Planning Commission recommends use of 'alternate vehicle' to pass new zoning code

Under the direction of its Chairman Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved the use of Council Bill No. 110766, with provisos, to pass a new zoning code for…

    • ZCC approves final version of new zoning code

ZCC approves final version of new zoning code

Nearly half a decade of work by Philadelphia’s Zoning Code Commission came to an official end Wednesday morning in the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall. All but a handful of…

    • City Council considers an alternate route to zoning reform

City Council considers an alternate route to zoning reform

Four-and-a-half years ago, as PlanPhilly readers know, City Council enacted an amendment to the home rule charter—approved by more than three quarters of voters—creating the Zoning Code Commission and charging…

    • Council introduces bill to replace Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code ahead of ZCC's final report

Council introduces bill to replace Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code ahead of ZCC's final report

Last week, City Council introduced a bill, No. 110766, which would repeal the entire "Zoning and Planning" chapter of the Philadelphia Code, and replace it with a new one.The…

    • Zoning Code Commission holds its second-to-last meeting - probably

Zoning Code Commission holds its second-to-last meeting - probably

The Zoning Code Commission spent the bulk of what was, in all likelihood, its penultimate formal meeting Wednesday, whittling down the list of still-contentious issues in advance of an official vote…

    • Taking a closer look at Council's recommendations to the ZCC

Taking a closer look at Council's recommendations to the ZCC

Last week, City Council passed a resolution sending zoning code recommendations to the Zoning Code Commission and triggering the next phase of zoning reform in Philadelphia. The ZCC now must decide…

    • A  new zoning code is going to happen ... if we can agree on methadone, sky plane ... council prerogative

A new zoning code is going to happen ... if we can agree on methadone, sky plane ... council prerogative

When Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger called the meeting to order, about ten minutes after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, not enough commissioners were present to adopt minutes from previous ZCC meetings, the…

    • The sky-plane

How special interests view the new zoning code

A zoning code does two things: it tells potential developers what they are allowed to build in a city, and it keeps some types of development away from other uses. Zoning…

    • Public sessions on zoning proposals are reopened, then closed

Public sessions on zoning proposals are reopened, then closed

In City Council’s last session of public testimony on the zoning code proposals of the Zoning Code Commission Tuesday, about a dozen witnesses on five panels gave about two hours of…

    • City Council and community members talk zoning at 400 North Broad Street

City Council and community members talk zoning at 400 North Broad Street

The seats were filled, the refreshments were all but consumed, and the topic was—you guessed it—zoning. In a community forum co-sponsored by PlanPhilly, the Daily News and PennPraxis, the viability of…

    • Councilman Frank DiCicco asks the ZCC about neighborhood overlays

Council hears hours of public testimony on ZCC proposals, agrees to take up the issue again in two weeks

Working from a single-item agenda on Wednesday, City Council held a seven-hour session of public testimony on the proposals of the Zoning Code Commission. And if the ZCC has its way,…

    • Zoning reformers react to Councilman Green's proposed changes to the draft code

Zoning reformers react to Councilman Green's proposed changes to the draft code

Last week, At-Large City Councilman Bill Green issued a memo calling for ten specific changes to the draft new zoning code put together by the Zoning Code Commission, of which he…

    • Bill Green outlines his proposal

Councilman Bill Green issues memo calling for amendments to the draft zoning code

In a memorandum issued to all City Council members Wednesday, at-large councilman Bill Green laid out ten recommendations for amending the Zoning Code Commission’s preliminary report prior to passage of the…

    • The Goals of Zoning Reform, Part IV: Making procedures fair and consistent

The Goals of Zoning Reform, Part IV: Making procedures fair and consistent

In the next few weeks, both City Council and the Zoning Code Commission will reconvene. Council will begin holding public hearings on the commission’s proposals, and the ZCC will continue to…

    • 700 S. Front St., a Queen Village building which once housed Widow Maloby's Tavern

The Goals of Zoning Reform, Part III: Protecting Philadelphia's natural and historic resources

In the next few weeks, both City Council and the Zoning Code Commission will reconvene. Council will begin holding public hearings on the commission’s proposals, and the ZCC will continue to…

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