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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
June 19, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a faceoff between city planners and city residents. And the residents won. The Philadelphia zoning board voted unanimously Wednesday to block a developer's hotly contested plan to build a four-story apartment complex across from Pat's King of Steaks. The 4-0 vote to deny a zoning variance drew elation from neighbors and disappointment from developer Paul Mirabello, and left the future of the long-vacant parcel at one of the city's marquee intersections uncertain. "I'm super-excited," said Robert Stewart, 35, among a handful of residents who pleaded during the two-hour meeting to allow only single-family homes on the large lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast showed its kinder, gentler nature with two product introductions Tuesday at the INTX 2015 Internet and cable trade show - one content-based, the other a hardware refinement. Kids Zone, newly launched on X1 boxes, aims to be Mom and Dad's best helper. Combining ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media with filtering fine-tuned to your child (or children's) age range and development level, the Kids Zone menu sorts and reveals only movies and TV shows that are appropriate and nourishing for the young ones.
NEWS
May 5, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty years after the landmark Mount Laurel I decision was handed down by the New Jersey State Supreme Court, the original team of trial lawyers who argued that the poor were being denied affordable housing in the suburbs will gather Tuesday for a panel discussion at the historic Olde Burlington County courthouse. The event, part of Law Day activities sponsored by the Burlington County Vicinage and Bar Association, is open to the public. The panel will be composed of Peter J. O'Connor, Carl S. Bisgaier, and Kenneth E. Meiser, the Camden Legal Regional Services lawyers who filed the class-action litigation on behalf of Ethel Lawrence and members of low- and moderate-income families who were unable to find affordable housing in the Burlington County township.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden was named one of eight new "Promise Zones" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday, meaning the city will receive help in securing federal funding for revitalization efforts. The Promise Zone program, initiated last year by President Obama's administration, is aimed at creating jobs, reducing crime, and improving schools. The program does not come with any immediate funding but asks communities to work with businesses and civic leaders to develop an improvement plan.
NEWS
April 23, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
JUST TWO WEEKS after Philadelphia City Council passed laws allowing "Urban Experiential Displays" with full-motion 3-D video ads in Center City, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation canceled the city's four-decade-long authority to regulate outdoor advertising in certain areas. In a letter dated April 13, Leslie Richards, acting secretary of transportation, wrote to the Federal Highway Administration that the certification granted to the city in 1974 "to establish and enforce regulations with respect to size, lighting and spacing of outdoor advertising devices in zoned commercial and industrial areas has been canceled.
REAL_ESTATE
March 15, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Homeowners are taking on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its efforts to redraw the nation's flood-zone maps by 2017. The leader of this fight is Toms River, N.J., homeowner George Kasimos, who discovered that because of FEMA's new map for his town he must pay nearly $7,000 a year for flood insurance, rather than the current $1,000. Toms River property owners were so upset that they filed an appeal of the FEMA map revisions and won. But that wasn't enough for Kasimos, a Realtor who runs a national group, Stop FEMA Now, that gained traction after a March 1 report on 60 Minutes about fraud among engineers hired to assess post-Sandy insurance claims.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. is withdrawing requests to override local zoning ordinances for its Mariner East pipeline project, tidying up a legal mess it created over the controversial Pennsylvania pipeline. The Philadelphia pipeline company on Thursday asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to withdraw the last nine of 31 requests for exemptions to local zoning rules. Sunoco said it has secured the local zoning approvals it needed for pump stations and valve stations along the 299-mile route, or has modified its project so that a zoning exemption is no longer required.
NEWS
February 2, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meet Jamison. He was found in Philadelphia in August at 3 weeks of age, weighing less than four pounds, and suffering from parasites, cigarette burns, and seizures. He was rescued to Marlton by a compassionate Christian lady and later adopted by a nice Downingtown couple. Despite a hellish start, he has grown into a happy, friendly fellow with an athletic bent, an open heart, and, oh, what a nose. On Sunday, he goes national. Jamison, a pit bull-boxer mix, is in the starting lineup for Puppy Bowl XI, airing on Animal Planet.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | By Steve and Mia
Q: I DIDN'T GET laid once in 2014. My New Year's resolution is to change that. But besides that, I don't know what I can do different. I take women out from time to time, but always end up in the friend zone. Mia: Not the dreaded friend zone! Once you end up in that category, it's hard to get out. The next time you take a woman out, make it clear from the start that you are her date - not her friend. Hold her hand. Pull out her chair. Pay the bill and when the night is over kiss her good night.
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