From the director’s desk, Jan. 25

Dear PlanPhilly member,

The Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process is focused on civic engagement as we gear up for six meetings in the next four weeks.  As we move deeper into the process, we hope to begin to answer any questions about how the process will fit into development along the Central Delaware.

First, the agenda for the Best Practices Session has been announced!  Check it out to see the full list of participants and subjects of discussion:

Saturday, February 3
Independence Seaport Museum, Penn’s Landing 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided

Don’t forget to register at  The Session will showcase models of excellence as ways for Philadelphia to begin to address the challenges we face.  The goal of this session is to fire Philadelphians’
imaginations as to what is possible with carefully crafted presentations that are inspirational around the topics we’ve been asked to address by the public voice.  Takeaways from the day will be an important piece of the planning principles we form together later in February.

Advisory Group & Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee of the Central Delaware Waterfront Advisory Group will meet this coming Monday, January 29.  As usual, the meeting will be held at 1515 Arch Street, 18th floor.  Breakfast will begin at 7:30 so the meeting can start promptly at 8.

Agenda items include consolidating the neighborhood values from the December public forums as well as addressing Praxis’ and the Process’ role in helping or hindering casino development on the waterfront. 

The Central Delaware Waterfront Advisory Group will meet the following Monday, February 5, at the same time and location.  As always, all Advisory Group and Steering Committee meetings are open to the public, so all are encouraged to attend and participate.

“Principle Session” Public Forums

Our second round of public forums is right around the corner.  These sessions will build on the values from the first public forums and combine takeaways from the Best Practices Session to form principles on waterfront development.  This is where we will marry professional experience with community knowledge to create standards for planning that will be used by designers as they begin to build the civic vision.

Locations are still to be determined, but mark your calendars now!

Monday, February 12
Tuesday, February 13
Tuesday, February 20

As you can see, things are happening in a big way, and we cannot do it without you.  Continue to check for updates on the Planning Process as new content is posted daily.

Upcoming Event

In another waterfront-related event, Whitman Council and Pennsport Civic Association are sponsoring an event as part of their Delaware Riverfront 2015 Symposium, held this Saturday, January 27.  It will be held all day at Furness High School (3rd and Mifflin) and feature panels on sewer failures, traffic gridlock, and casino legislation.  Some interesting lessons can be learned from this forum as well as our Best Practices Session.  For more information, check out


Jan 24: Inquirer blog Blinq checks in with PlanPhilly:
Jan 22: Former Inquirer reporter Matt Blanchard reports to PlanPhilly on the history of I-95 along the waterfront:
Jan 22: Daily Pennsylvanian article on how the casino licensing has affected the Praxis process:


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