New Philadelphia Zoning Code Passes Unanimously

By a vote of 17-0, Philadelphia 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.

PlanPhilly's press release says that 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."

Jared Brey reports from the council meeting:

"'This is huge,' said outgoing First-District Councilman Frank DiCicco after the meeting. DiCicco sponsored the original legislation creating the Zoning Code Commission four years ago.

'You're talking about a document that's been sitting around for fifty years, is over 600 pages, and when you have as many people who were involved in this process, not only at the government level but at the local and civic level, you know there's going to be some changes and recommendations made. It might be a little bit more thick than I would have liked to have seen it, but I think it's a good first step, and we're going to have to see how this plays out over the next year or two.'"

Thanks to Gary Jastrzab

Full Story: City Council Adopts New Zoning Code

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