May 28, 1989 |
Despite protests from neighbors, Buckingham Township's Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new ordinance Wednesday to clear the way for Cold Spring Hunt, a controversial, proposed high-density, 265-house development by Toll Brothers. About 150 residents showed up to demonstrate their opposition to the development. Those who spoke argued that the board was "spot zoning," or caving in to special interests. "The Buckingham Township Civic Association has always been unalterably opposed to 'spot' zoning, particularly when the developer is the sole beneficiary," said Willard Irvin, a board member of the citizens group that was instrumental in organizing the opposition.
February 7, 2007 |
Competing proposals to revamp Philadelphia's 40-year-old zoning code are before City Council. These measures come none too soon and should be debated openly and vigorously. Philadelphia's zoning code is so old that nearly every development project of significance requires either a hardship variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment or a parcel-based change in zoning by City Council. This practice is known as spot zoning, changes to the way the city regulates building use, size, height and area on a site-by-site basis.
November 18, 2011 |
COUNCILMAN Frank DiCicco may be on his way out of office this year, but he's not leaving quietly. DiCicco, who decided not to run for a fifth term representing the 1st Council District, has pushed numerous measures in his last months in office favoring developments that have generated concern from some observers. They are questioning whether he's trying to make friends and connections with developers as he prepares for a career as a political consultant and lobbyist after leaving Council.
December 29, 2000 |
A man who lives near the proposed site of a a 500-megawatt natural-gas-fired power plant has filed a curative-amendment challenge to a township decision changing the location's zoning. The appeal by Lawrence Piasecki, who has vehemently protested the proposed plant and belongs to a local opposition group, comes about a month after the Board of Supervisors' Nov. 15 vote approving FPL Energy's preliminary sketch plans. The plant would be built next to Peco Energy Co.'s nuclear-generating station.
August 14, 1999 |
A developer has lost its bid to rezone the largest piece of undeveloped property in this congested area - the 136-acre Valley Forge Golf Course, just southwest of the King of Prussia mall. In a 3-0 vote yesterday, the Upper Merion Township Zoning Hearing Board denied the request of Realen Homes Inc., of Ambler, which has hopes of building two hotels, a retail shopping center, and apartments and townhouses or office space there. The decision capped 18 months of debate, including 14 hearings, over whether the course should remain zoned agricultural despite being surrounded on all sides by commercial development.
October 23, 1986 |
A developer is seeking the East Whiteland Board of Supervisors' approval for a zoning change to build 36-unit townhouses off Sugartown Road. The proposed development would encompass 3.6 acres in East Whiteland and 0.8 acres in Malvern. Developer John Mullen asked for the township planning commission's recommendation Monday night, but the commission deferred action until it received comments from Malvern officials. He takes his request to the supervisors at 8 tonight. The triangular property juts up into East Whiteland from Malvern.
August 18, 1991 |
For 37 years it was used as a summer day camp, this open, green spot in Aston now surrounded by housing developments. And now its owners have entered into an agreement of sale for the land to be developed for more housing. Neighbors of the property, off Trynes Road near Concord Road, are not happy. "I want to make it clear that we (the residents) are opposed to any housing development on the tract. Aston is already overdeveloped, and the development that has taken place has been poorly planned," said one, Pat Simpson.
July 23, 1987 |
The Springfield Zoning Hearing Board has rejected a resident's request for a variance to keep the raised roof on his barn. In June 1986, Alvah M. Merwin built an addition and raised the roof on his barn on his property in the 800 block of Glendalough Road in Erdenheim. Nearby residents called the building an eyesore and complained that it was so large that it obstructed their view. But Merwin had argued that the addition conformed to the legal 25-percent expansion. After a lengthy discussion Monday night on how to measure the height of the barn, board members decided that the building exceeded by 2 feet the 12-foot height limit set by township code.
June 12, 1986 |
Narberth residents may find themselves without a post office in September. In March, the U.S. Postal Service's leased building at 144 N. Narberth Ave. was sold to A&H Bloom Co., a real estate developer in Pennsauken, N.J., for $425,000. Postal Service spokesman Margaret King said the new owners had proposed a long-term lease at an increased rent to replace the current lease, which will expire Aug. 31. Negotiations are at a stalemate, and the Postal Service is seeking a short- term lease extension while advertising for a larger building, King said.
June 7, 2011 |
Though opponents sang the blues about parking issues, impacts on neighborhoods, and whether all of it was legal, zoning changes for a proposed Fishtown concert venue were approved by City Council's Rules Committee yesterday. The venue will hold 2,600 to 3,000 patrons with a wraparound balcony and 105-covered parking spaces, situated along the Delaware River, north of SugarHouse Casino. The man behind the plans, David Grasso, told the Rules Committee that the area is currently a no-man's-land, where criminals go to hide out or ditch cars.