Is River Setback "An Illegal Taking"?

Philadelphia's City Council has approved two new measures that would preserve historic buildings along the Delaware River and require 100 ft. green setbacks. Some developers are protesting the ruling, saying it amounts to an illegal taking.

The bills are based on a visioning plan created by PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the University of Pennsylvania Design School.

"It relied heavily on community input, and critics have called it an academic exercise devoid of landowners' perspective. The bill, they say, creates a de-facto moratorium on development.

On the other hand, Councilman Bill Green's bill to authorize historic designation for building interiors appears to have satisfied most parties."

Full Story: Phila. Council approves bills to alter city's look

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