The Zoning Code Commission solicited written comments from around Philadelphia during the long march towards a final draft revision of the zoning code. Now, those comments are compiled for your convenience at zoningmatters.org.
Why, you may be asking, should you read through the 357 pages of comments? First, they articulate many of the concerns that are helping to shape the really-truly final draft revision that, when finished, will be sent to City Council in January. Second, comments come from a wide array of development and organizational players in town, including Zoning Code Commissioners John Westrum and Anne Papageorge, 19 civic associations, the Mayor’s Office on Sustainability, an ad-hoc group of land-use attorneys from the Philadelphia Bar Association, Project H.O.M.E., and a slew of others.
Concerns range from transit-oriented development, to the new sky-plane controls, to Civic Design Review, to a variety of legal questions prompted by the new code–with questions and comments from, well, nearly all sides of the issues. It’s worth a read, and gives some clues to how some of the remaining discussion–and contention–over the code revision will continue. Follow the links below to check it out: