Will Changes to Philly’s New Zoning Code Hurt Development?

Only five months after the city passed the long-overdue update to its 1962 zoning code, City Council members are once again tinkering with the ground rules. Two months after moving to revise parking requirements, they’re now focused on outreach. While the City is trying to spur development, City Council last week made a major change to the 5-month-old zoning code that critics say could significantly slow building projects throughout the city. The purpose of the bill, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell said, is to ensure “inclusion across the board.” Critics argue that it will stall development when the new code was supposed to help streamline it.



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