November 3, 1988 |
Fay Hong Li had had enough. For almost a decade, he and other Chinatown residents have been hearing from local government about plans to change their neighborhood's zoning, which allows anything from single-family houses to skyscrapers, but without results. Municipal officials have drafted ordinances, community groups have held meetings and, most recently, City Council has made sweeping but vague promises about protecting the residents from the convention center that has been proposed in their midst.
September 26, 1991 |
Those large, obtrusive loading docks that force pedestrians off the sidewalks and into the streets would no longer be allowed. More shopping areas, fountains and plazas on the street level of office buildings would be required. And underground parking lots would be encouraged. Yesterday, city planners urged City Council to make those and other changes in Center City zoning in an effort to create a more attractive downtown for residents, workers and visitors. Proposed by the city Planning Commission, the zoning changes were unveiled yesterday to Council's Rules Committee and appear headed toward speedy approval by Council.
February 8, 1989 |
The Lumberton Planning Board has agreed to halt all zoning changes in the township master plan until the local and state master planning cross- acceptance process is completed sometime in 1990. The move, taken at a meeting Thursday, effectively stalls a plan by Toll Bros. to build cluster-style houses on a 873-acre tract of farmland that represents 20 percent of the open space remaining in the township. The Toll Bros. proposal was not on the Feb. 2 agenda. Company officials could not be reached for comment.
July 25, 2001 |
Black and Latino children in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are more likely to attend segregated schools than their counterparts in most other states, according to a new Harvard University study (article, July 20). Exclusionary zoning practices in South Jersey, past and present, certainly account for the racial disparity here confirmed by the Harvard study. Residents of local townships often demand that their zoning and planning officials deny rental or affordable housing projects on the basis that these projects would overcrowd their schools and cause elevated property taxes and overburdened municipal services.
February 27, 1992 |
Although an imminent zoning change for Burlington City's business district may quickly fill vacant storefronts, some business owners and civic leaders fear the change may threaten the long-term vitality of the area. The City Council recently gave initial approval to change the zoning of the 200 and 300 blocks of High Street to allow for both retail stores and offices on the street level. Now, only retail stores are allowed on the first floor. Some business owners, arguing that the vacancy rate was too high, had lobbied for the change to induce lawyers, doctors, dentists and other professionals and businesses to open offices at the ground level downtown.
January 11, 1987 |
Lester Rockhill has been farming his land for more than 40 years, beginning way back before they built the bustling 160-acre Flying W Airport next to his fields. In a couple of years, Rockhill, 60, was hoping to sell off some his land to a developer for enough money to keep him in his old age. Now he's found out he can't. "They've taken away my retirement," Rockhill said. Effective last week, a state law requires that municipalities enact zoning restrictions for land near airports.
September 6, 2014 |
A semirural enclave in Lycoming County has become the latest legal battleground pitting neighbor against neighbor over Marcellus Shale gas drilling. The environmental group PennFuture is hailing a judge's ruling last week that threw out a township decision allowing natural-gas wells to be drilled in an area zoned residential. Judge Marc F. Lovecchio's Aug. 29 opinion is the first known to cite a December state Supreme Court ruling that rejuvenated a 1972 amendment to the state Constitution guaranteeing citizens a right to clean air and pure water.
April 18, 2013
A decision on whether to grant a zoning variance for Patterson Farm in Lower Makefield Township to allow a veterinary facility on the grounds will be delayed until May 20, after testimony at Tuesday's zoning hearing lasted until the meeting's conclusion at 10 p.m. A husband and wife want to build a hospital for horses in a farmhouse on the site. The township bought the 234-acre farm, with two homes, in 1998 for $7.2 million. Several township officials have said they are concerned about the cost of maintaining the property.
November 19, 1987 |
After months of work, the Upper Southampton Township Planning Commission has completed its study of the township's comprehensive plan. On Monday night, commission member Jerry Goldman gave the final report to the commission after reviewing the zoning designations and current uses of property in the southeastern section of the township. Other commission members had conducted similar studies of other sections. Goldman said property uses and their zoning appeared to coincide along Second Street Pike, Industrial Boulevard and Street Road from Knowles Avenue to Stump Road.
October 30, 1988 |
The Ambler Planning Commission has agreed to survey historic buildings in the borough and poll owners to see if they would support historic-preservation zoning to limit architectural changes. At Wednesday night's meeting, the commission decided to form a committee to tackle the project. Commission members suggested asking Mary Lou McFarland, president of the Wissahickon Valley Historical Society, and commission member Robert Hendrickson to head the effort. Planning Commission member David Boznynski volunteered his help.