News from the director’s desk, April 25

Dear PlanPhilly member,
Earlier this week, the Steering Committee for the Central Delaware Process discussed design guidelines for large-scale development which will be incorporated into the civic vision we’re developing.  These guidelines will impact access to the water, parking, scale and other important issues which will make the waterfront a livable, urban and vibrant place.  Civic leaders on the Advisory Group are participating in this discussion, and we’ll keep you updated as we revise and strengthen this document.  You can view video of the discussion, read a report and view the draft guidelines here:
What’s New on PlanPhilly
PlanPhilly continues to report on issues related to planning and zoning in the city.  Many of these stories are not covered by print newspapers or TV, so it is vitally important to surface this information. 
April 20: PlanPhilly reports about the issue of riparian rights and the state’s work around proposing possible changes to the system by which they are granted:
April 21: PlanPhilly joins the Delaware River City Corporation as its members walk along the proposed North Delaware Greenway.  Check out:
April 22: The Northern Liberties Neighbors Association commissions its own waterfront plan. Check out:
Upcoming Events
1.) The Great Expectations project is holding forums with Council candidates from each district in the city.  To register to attend, see their message below this email or visit
2.) NABR Design Charrette
Saturday, April 28: Neighbors Allied for the Best Riverfront (NABR) will convene a half-day design workshop open the public to develop alternative concepts for the two casino sites along the Delaware.  For more information, check out
3.) Outreach meeting sponsored by New Kensington CDC Wednesday, May 2: final
session in NKCDC’s first round of outreach for a waterfront greenway plan for the area.  For more information, click here:
For other Philadelphia planning events, check out PlanPhilly:
****From our Friends at the Great Expectations Project****
May City Council Forums
This year Philadelphia’s entire City Council will be elected.
To anyone who wants to see City Hall cleaned up or zoning reform enacted or neighborhood business centers revived or sound fiscal oversight instituted, these Council elections should be a very big deal.
Make your voice heard and meet the candidates. We will head out into each of the 10 Council districts to hold forums with City Council Candidates. At each event you can:
–Question your district’s Council or the at-large candidates
–Discuss the mayoral candidates’ positions and qualifications
— Vote in a straw poll on the mayor’s race
–Vote in a straw poll on the casino question
Please reserve a seat by calling 215-854-5956 or by visiting us online at
While you’re at it invite a friend to come with you.
To find your city council district, go to
Great Expectations, a year-long project to connect Philadelphia’s citizens’ hopes and ideas for their city to the political process – is a partnership between the Philadelphia Inquirer and the University of Pennsylvania with funding from the Lenfest and Knight Foundations.
Schedule of Events
*Wednesday, May 2*
District 8 – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.
*Thursday, May 3*
Republican at-large: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Klein Jewish Community Center, 10100 Jamison Ave.
Democratic at-large (Group 1): 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St.
*Friday, May 4*
District 1: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Independence Visitors’ Center Ballroom, Sixth and Market Streets.
*Saturday, May 5*
District 4: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave.
Democratic at-large (Group 2): 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave.
District 7: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Kensington CAPA High School, 2051 E. Cumberland St.
District 2: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, 2321 Fitzwater St.
*Sunday, May 6*
District 9: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Albert Einstein Medical Center, 5501 Old York Rd.
District 5: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Honickman Learning Center; 1936 N. Judson St.
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