East Falls Community Council’s Zoning Committee seeks new members

Several seats on the East Falls Community Council’s Zoning Committee will open as of Oct. 1 due to normal rotation of Committee members. The Committee meets in the evening, once a month, as needed, to:

“Monitor and research proposed and actual changes in zoning and/or property use; consider said changes; seek the opinion of neighbors who may be affected by said changes; and, taking into consideration those opinions, and the applicable laws and ordinances of the Commonwealth and the City of Philadelphia and applicable policies adopted by the EFCC, take positions as to variances and/or special exceptions sought by property owners and/ or occupants,” as stated in the EFCC bylaws.

Members are appointed to three-year terms unless they are filling a spot vacated early. Committee procedures require that all other things being equal, we consider geographic diversity within East Falls; organizational and institutional associations; and, skills and experience in relevant fields such as design, architecture, construction and development. Operating procedures, posted at eastfallscommunity.org under ‘zoning’, require regular attendance at Committee meetings. To be a member of the Committee, you must be a member of East Falls Community Council.

The group hopes an architect will be among the candidates, since their only architect is scheduled to step down. 

If you are interested in working with your neighbors to help navigate and shape land use changes in East Falls, and are ready to dig into the new Zoning Code, which takes effect Aug. 22, please send an email to info@eastfallscommunity.org telling us where you live, how long you have lived in East Falls, why you want to serve on the Committee, whether you have any investment properties (other than your home) or a business in East Falls, and anything else you think we should know about you.

The Committee will interview applicants after Labor Day.

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