Philadelphia Zoning Code
Philadelphia’s new zoning code — which took effect two years ago — changed the way that some daycare centers get city approval. One councilman urged a return to the former process.
“The Upper Northeast is overloaded with medical practices, and the new zoning code pretty much allows anything to be turned medical,” said Councilman Brian O’Neill.
“I think, increasingly, Council members will see that it was not the path to go,” Mayor Nutter says.
Councilman Brian O’Neill now has withdrawn his plan after getting what he admits was an earful from advocates and organizers of community gardens.
City Council’s Rules Committee, by a narrow 4-3 vote, approved changes to the zoning code proposed by 10th District councilman Brian O’Neill.
With four words, “It is now law,” Mayor Nutter signed into law the city’s new zoning code, replacing one that dated back fifty years and was chock full of anachronisms and confusion.
But the rewrite is by no means a done deal.
Philadelphia is inching closer to a sweeping overhaul of its woefully out-of-date zoning code.