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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 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
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
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
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.
NEWS
December 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
New Jersey lawmakers want to give more tax credits to businesses that agree to move to areas around the state's colleges and universities. The bill was first introduced in 2005 and has been reintroduced every session since. On Thursday, it was approved by the Assembly. Since the Senate passed it last week, it now goes to Gov. Christie's desk. It would create "innovation zones" in areas around campuses, giving tax incentives to companies that move there. Advisory boards would decide what types of industry to support in each zone.
NEWS
December 2, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
CRIMES STEMMING from online transactions that require the buyer and seller to meet in person have become so ubiquitous that they've spawned online listicles like "35 Heinous Craigslist Crimes" and "10 terrifying Craigslist crimes and misdemeanors. " Now, with the holiday shopping season here, one area police department is offering its station as a trading post to conduct safe, video-monitored transactions between buyers and sellers who have met online. If only there were such a safe zone for online dating.
NEWS
November 26, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
There wasn't time to focus on all that propelled Saledeem Major to the end zone - the prep school that closed down in the middle of the year, the Division II program that kind of felt apart on him after the coach was fired, the path back to his hometown team, even if he's paying for the privilege of playing football for Temple. "I kind of blacked out, right after I crossed the line," Major said. "Did I really just score a touchdown?" Teammates ran over and engulfed him after the last score in Temple's 31-12 victory Saturday over Memphis.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A CITY COUNCIL committee yesterday approved zoning legislation for a $450 million casino and hotel project in South Philadelphia, despite hours of testimony from Philadelphians and out-of-towners who alleged the developer practices racially discriminatory tactics reminiscent of the segregated south. During a five-hour hearing, officials from the Cordish Cos., of Baltimore, said that the charges were "trumped up" and that the company had never lost a discrimination lawsuit in its 105-year history.
SPORTS
November 1, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
BUFFALO - Despite the Flyers' entering Friday night's game with the Sabres ranked 25th out of the 30 NHL teams in goals per game, coach Dave Hakstol said after Friday's morning skate he wasn't that concerned with the 2.11 goals per game they had averaged in their first nine contests. "I don't think it's any different of an outlook than it was two months ago," Hakstol said. "I think we're confident in our group when we're doing things together in the right way. I feel very comfortable saying that we can be a team that's comfortable playing the lower-scoring, close, tight games and being solid and consistent through the 60 minutes.
SPORTS
October 23, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
In the opening game of his senior season at Clay High School near Jacksonville, Fla., Nolan Carroll II, one of the most highly-recruited wide receivers in the talent-rich state, caught a pass on a deep slant route, shook past an oncoming safety and took the ball some 60 yards for a touchdown. It was a good but unremarkable play in a 2004 high school game, and it is only worth mentioning now because Carroll, who converted to cornerback in college, intercepted an Eli Manning pass on Sunday and returned it for a touchdown.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
Running in museums: Typically prohibited. Running in the Franklin Institute's recently renovated SportsZone : Totally encouraged. When the 3,600-square-foot, 21-interactive-activity, new-gym-smelling permanent exhibit reopens to the public Saturday, expect a long line for "Athletes in Action. " The 40-foot dash lets two visitors compete side-by-side against virtual versions of (choose one!) Eagles WR Jordan Matthews, wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden, a marathon runner, a Paralympic sprinter or the comparatively slow yet surprisingly speedy (considering that tummy)
SPORTS
October 16, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have spent more than a decade preparing for games against Eli Manning. There have been different defensive players, different defensive coordinators - even different head coaches. But Manning remains the constant, and the Eagles must prepare for him this week while the 34-year-old New York Giants quarterback is playing at perhaps the highest level in his career. Manning won the NFC offensive player of the week after throwing for 441 yards and three touchdowns Sunday in a last-minute win over San Francisco.
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