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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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August 20, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins got the night off Monday in a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, Carlos Ruiz took his place in the batting order and looked comfortable in the No. 2 hole. Ruiz went 0 for 2 but drew walks in his first three at-bats and scored the Phillies' first run. This season as the No. 2 hitter, Ruiz is batting .269 but has a .437 on-base percentage in 87 plate appearances. He has drawn 14 walks, scored 12 runs and has an .840 OPS. Ruiz is obviously comfortable batting high in the order.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
LAST WEEK'S U.S. Supreme Court ruling eliminating safety barriers between protesters and patients at clinics where abortions are performed in Massachusetts was insensitive and insulting, yes - but hopefully narrow enough to have limited impact at other clinics. The court banned 35-foot buffer zones around the state's clinics, ruling with the plaintiffs that the enforced distance prevented them from exercising their free speech and providing "counseling' to women entering the clinics for abortions.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DREXEL UNIVERSITY is now poised to purchase the old University City High School property in West Philly, following an amendment to a zoning bill that was adopted in City Council yesterday. Pressures from the cash-strapped school district and its immediate need to pay its bills before the fiscal year's end pushed Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and her team to negotiate with neighborhood community groups who had expressed concerns over Drexel's proposal. A deal was struck in the hallway outside chambers just minutes before the zoning bill went before Council for approval, clearing the way for the university to purchase the 14-acre parcel from the school district for $25 million.
NEWS
June 8, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
After nearly a year of intense debate, Cheltenham has granted zoning approval for a Wawa store and 16-pump gas station on Route 309 in Wyncote. The proposal drew fierce opposition from residents of the adjacent townhouses who feared Wawa would bring excessive noise, traffic, and environmental risk - and might reduce property values. The proposal spurred 11 Zoning Hearing Board meetings, many of which ran more than three hours. An attorney for the residents called witnesses to testify that the 3.7-acre plot would be better suited for a hotel or offices, as it was originally zoned.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
CITY COUNCIL moved forward yesterday with zoning changes for the sale of one shuttered West Philadelphia high school, but blocked the sale of another. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell unleashed a tirade on an attorney representing Drexel University, the interested buyer of the empty University City High School. Zoning changes that would pave the way for that project were put on hold during yesterday's Rules Committee meeting. Blackwell accused the would-be developers of not communicating with her, her staff or community members who would be affected.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
With significant changes and the passage of time, a onetime controversial redevelopment zone in quaint Mullica Hill has quietly gained township approval. Harrison Township officials established the redevelopment zone - referred to as Block 64 - on Monday, months after a public outcry squashed original plans. Mayor Louis Manzo said the vote came amid "a little less fanfare" than the township's first attempt - in large part because the 50-acre plan no longer includes properties along North Main Street.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Come October, when discount designer-apparel chain Century 21 opens an outpost at the Gallery at Market East, Philadelphia will gain a part of a New York City retail institution known for both its business acumen and its community engagement. The department-store company last week signed a lease with mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust to fill 100,000 square feet, mostly on the second floor of the old Strawbridge & Clothier store at 801 Market St. In announcing the agreement, Joseph Coradino, PREIT's chief executive officer, called Century 21 an "iconic" retailer that "meets or exceeds the sales of any luxury department store in most malls in this country.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four environmental advocacy groups filed to intervene formally in Sunoco Pipeline L.P.'s application for public utility corporation status, which would exempt its 299-mile Mariner East pipeline to Marcus Hook from local zoning codes. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the Clean Air Council, the Pipeline Safety Coalition and the Mountain Watershed Association filed requests by Monday's deadline with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to intervene in the case. The advocacy groups argue that Sunoco does not meet the legal standard for classification as a public utility corporation and should not be exempt from the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT HOLLY On paper, the map of Mount Holly's latest redevelopment zone resembles a squiggling salamander. But to many of the affected homeowners and business proprietors, the map appears to be a battle plan that targets their land. Left alone for decades to carve out a living in this hardscrabble Burlington County town, 119 property owners are now subject to eminent domain if their buildings interfere with the Mount Holly council's vision and sense of aesthetics. "This hits home," Karl Konen, owner of Foreign Car Services, said at a recent meeting, his voice trembling.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT HOLLY The township council voted, 3-1, Monday to create a redevelopment zone, after listening to concerns expressed by about a dozen residents and shop owners who worry that their properties may be seized through eminent domain. The 30-acre zone includes 120 businesses and homes in the central part of the township, not far from Mount Holly Gardens, which was declared an "area in need of redevelopment" more than a decade ago, sparking litigation that headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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