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June 5, 2009
IN 2004, THE Building Industry Association of Philadelphia commissioned "If You Fix It, They Will Come," a report detailing the city's confusing and complex development process. The report, produced by Karen Black of May 8 Consulting, identified many of the reforms for zoning and planning that are now being addressed by the zoning reform commission. Here is a graphic depiction from the report of the 28 steps required to get the permits and approval required to build a project in the city.
NEWS
May 24, 1987 | By Mark Schmerling, Special to The Inquirer
While nearly everyone - commissioners, planners and representative of local institutions - agreed that an institutional zoning ordinance would be beneficial in Abington Township, action has been delayed for at least three to four months. At a public hearing Thursday, the township commissioners voted unanimously to have the township planning commission present a final draft of a proposed institutional zoning ordinance at a continuation of the hearing scheduled for Aug. 13. On May 14, the planning commission recommended amendments to the draft ordinance issued by the township commissioners in February.
NEWS
December 4, 1986 | By Theresa Conroy, Special to The Inquirer
The Whitemarsh Township Planning Commission has recommended that a proposed pest-control business be prohibited from a residential area. The board voted by 5-0 last week to recommend that the township zoning hearing board deny the application, by David V. Barry, for a variance for a house in the 900 block of East Hector Street. "I'm not really ready to support that," said David Lansing, a member of the planning board. "I'm just not prepared to have a chemical business in a residential (area)
NEWS
August 10, 1989 | By Hobart Rowland, Special to The Inquirer
As Phoenixville residents got their final chance Tuesday to comment on a proposed overhaul of the borough's zoning law, a planned historic district was praised while a rezoning of High Street was criticized. At the second hearing on the proposed ordinance, Borough Council President John Horenci described it as "a complete and total revision" of borough zoning. The 531-page draft is the product of 2 1/2 years of work by the Planning Commission, Horenci said. It is scheduled for adoption at Tuesday's council meeting.
NEWS
June 13, 1991 | By Ross Kerber, Special to The Inquirer
The Washington Township Council has postponed until August a proposed change in zoning of 19 parcels of land to a new category known as office- residential. The delay is needed to notify the owners of the 19 sitesand nearby residents. Planners failed to do that before bringing the proposed changes to the Township Council last week. As many as 150 people could be affected by the changes and will be notified, said Township Planner Lou Glass. Glass told the council that no notification was made because there was no legal requirement to do so. Councilman Joseph Yost said the township still had an obligation to notify the owners and residents, in case the zoning changes were to jeopardize plans for the lots.
NEWS
January 14, 1990 | By Michelle Rizzo, Special to The Inquirer
Langhorne Manor, known for its spacious houses with sprawling grounds, is looking to preserve that tradition with two zoning changes, the first in the borough since 1976. The Planning Commission on Thursday endorsed the zoning amendments, which would increase minimum lot sizes in two of the borough's three zones. The Borough Council will vote on the changes at a meeting beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The changes would apply only to the undeveloped lots in residential Zones A and B. Zone A includes most of the borough's 380 homes.
NEWS
October 12, 1989 | By Joe Ferry, Special to The Inquirer
Swayed by an outpouring of public opposition, the Hatfield Township Board of Commissioners has delayed its decision on a request to change the zoning at Orvilla Road and Route 309 to permit a shopping center. At Tuesday night's meeting, representatives of the developer, Site Development Inc., agreed to negotiate with the township and residents about the commercial zoning on the 12-acre property. The residents live in Lexington Commons, a development behind the proposed 90,000-square-foot shopping center.
NEWS
September 29, 1995 | By Lisa Kozleski, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Those larger-than-life signs in Pennsauken will be addressed as an issue of zoning, not of morals. Although the township has received dozens of complaints that the recently installed pictures of scantily clad women at the Showgirl Palace in Pennsauken are distasteful and degrading, the available avenue of change rests not in righteousness, but in reasonable size, officials said this week. Township officials met Wednesday with Joe Peters, general manager of the Showgirl Palace, to notify the business of violations of the township's size requirements for signs.
NEWS
September 18, 1986 | By Joe Ferry, Special to The Inquirer
The Upper Southampton Planning Commission has reviewed a number of proposed amendments to its zoning and subdivision ordinances. The amendments were proposed by the township Board of Supervisors. The planning commission must review the amendments and then approve the amendments or add revisions before sending the package back to the supervisors. The amendments also were sent to the Bucks County Planning Commission for review on July 18. The supervisors proposed amending the zoning ordinance yard requirements for shopping centers.
NEWS
February 5, 1988 | By Dawn Capewell, Special to The Inquirer
Another stage in a battle over whether to allow small oil businesses in Lumberton industrial zones concluded last night much as it began. The Lumberton planning board voted 5-4 to send a zoning-ordinance amendment allowing that use back to the Township Committee unchanged. The board reviewed the ordinance change after the Township Committee decided at a public hearing Jan. 19 that the amendment needed more clarification. The planning board decided last night that concerns of neighboring Eastampton and Southampton officials and residents would be answered when site plans for oil businesses were presented to the township.
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NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
A community group has endorsed plans for a 178-unit apartment project with 20,000 feet of street-level retail at the current site of the Woods Bros. lumber yard in East Kensington. The East Kensington Neighbors Association voted 61-to-33 at a meeting last week in favor of the so-called Woods Square project at 2621 Frankford Ave., the group's zoning chair, John Theobald, said. Developer Michael Vegh's plans for the two-acre site show three five-floor residential structures rising over a green roof atop a single-story podium of shops and parking.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Joseph Neff Ewing Jr., 90, of Newtown Square, an attorney in Philadelphia and a Willistown Township leader for 22 years, died Friday, April 8, at home after a three-year battle with leukemia. The son of Joseph Neff and Anne Ashton Ewing, he was born in Valley Forge. He was a graduate of Haverford School, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Ewing served in the Marine Corps at the end of World War II in Okinawa, Japan. In 1951, he married Margaret Converse Howe, and they had three daughters.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson proposed legislation Thursday for zoning changes to the northwest corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue to permit the construction of the residential and retail project known as Lincoln Square. One of the bills shifts the 3.4-acre corner parcel's zoning from industrial to commercial-and-mixed use, while another tweaks the area's land-use bylaws to allow greater ground coverage by structures, along with other changes, Johnson chief-of-staff Steve Cobb said.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Center City restaurant, cafe and live-music venue Milkboy has a new landlord: Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. The health-care network purchased the 1100 Chestnut St. building occupied by the popular spot last week for $2.1 million, according to Tom Lussenhop, president of Philadelphia developer U3 Ventures, which sold the property. A U3 affiliate bought the two-story, 3,330-square-foot building in 2007 for $2 million, according to records filed with the city. Jefferson spokeswoman Jacqueline Kozloski did not immediately respond to a message asking about its plans for the property.
SPORTS
March 31, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
For much of Jay Wright's first 14 seasons as head coach at Villanova, a zone defense by his team was seen about as often on the basketball court as a unicorn. Despite the fact that former Wildcats coach Rollie Massimino, one of his mentors, urged him to play a zone, as did Hall of Fame coach and longtime 'Nova practice observer Larry Brown and former UCLA and St. John's coach Steve Lavin, Wright resisted. "Even though I coached under Coach Mass, there are certain aspects I don't like," Wright said.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission has endorsed plans to rezone two blocks off North Broad Street, including the site of the former Inquirer building, to allow for new commercial development in the area. The panel voted this week for the change, which must be passed by City Council, because the area's current zoning "improperly" limits development there to industrial uses, Gary Jastrzab, the commission's executive director, said in an email. Developer Bart Blatstein, who in 2011 purchased the former home of the Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com at 400 N. Broad St., has shared no specific details about his plans for the site, though he has discussed a hotel there in the past, Jastrzab said.
SPORTS
March 1, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn are more than brothers. They are best friends, and both say they miss being Flyers teammates. Funny thing is, their play has been elevated - especially Brayden's - since they were separated Jan. 6, the day the Flyers dealt Luke Schenn to Los Angeles.    In his first 22 games since the trade, Brayden Schenn looked noticeably more confident and had nine goals and eight assists - his best streak of the season. Brayden Schenn was asked if his increased productivity was because he was taking on more responsibility with his brother not around.
NEWS
February 23, 2016 | By R. Lance Holbert
The race to become the president of the United States is a protracted affair, more of a marathon than a sprint. However, once formal caucus and primary voting begins, the natural fluctuations of an election become more evident. A candidate could be resting comfortably at the top of the polls one minute and slide to the back of the pack the next. As with past years, the first four states to make their choices (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada) help decide which candidates are able to make a pitch to Pennsylvania voters.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Temple University has quite a bit of work to do if it wants to build a football stadium on campus, says Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. In other words, the Owls aren't in the red zone. "At some point, it probably will require a significant amount of city support, and at this point, that's not there," he said. His comments came one day after Temple president Neil D. Theobald told student government leaders that he intended to recommend to the university's board of trustees that the school proceed with plans for a stadium.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
HELEN GYM - brand-new councilwoman, fierce education advocate, longtime media favorite - is already ruffling some feathers in City Hall, and not in the refreshing, shake-up-the-system way that you might expect. The contretemps among Gym and some of her colleagues was explained to Clout thusly: Each of the seven at-large Council members had agreed to kick in about $1,800 in campaign cash to cover the cost of Monday's at-large inauguration celebration on the fifth floor of City Hall.
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