By a vote of 17-0, City Council passed into law the final report of the Zoning Code Commission Thursday morning during its final session of the year.
The new code was four years in the making, and Council waited until the last minute to act on it. It was widely feared that if passage of the code were pushed off until next year, when six new members will join City Council, the zoning reform would be in jeopardy.
No members of the public testified either for or against the bill adopting the new code at Thursday’s meeting.
After the last Council member voted “aye,” and Council President Anna Verna announced that the bill had passed, a brief round of applause rang out from the visitor seats.
When Council finished reading all bills and resolutions, Mayor Michael Nutter appeared to make farewell remarks to six outgoing members of Council. Before doing so, however, he congratulated and thanked the body for passing the new code.
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