VIDEO: Planning Commission considers more zoning code tweaks

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission considered four bills that would tweak certain provisions of the zoning code on Tuesday. The Commission: 

  • Recommended a bill that would limit the size of accessory structures like sheds and other outbuildings.  
  • Recommended a bill that would require applicants for Group Daycare centers (7-12 children) in certain zoning districts to apply for variances, rather than special exceptions as required currently. The special exception is a lower bar to meet than the variance. The bill was introduced by Councilman Brian O’Neill. After an amendment in a City Council committee, the bill applies to a much narrower set of residential zoning categories than initially proposed.
  • Requested more time to consider another bill introduced by O’Neill that would amend the regulations for home offices. 
  • Requested more time to consider a bill appointing a special committee of the Historical Commission charged with designating more historic properties. 

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