Registered Community Organizations, or RCOs, regularly have a say on zoning issues in Philadelphia communities. For example, if a person wants to open a business in a neighborhood, then the business owner is supposed to contact all of the interested RCOs, which can then support or oppose the zoning proposal at the zoning hearing.
In the last few years, more and more residents in Philadelphia and other large cities throughout the country have taken to urban farming and the creation of community gardens. While these are constructive measures to make one's lifestyle more sustainable, these gardens and farms can be put in danger by local zoning boards.
It has taken Citizens Bank almost three years to satisfy zoning laws and Lower Merion Township officials in order to build a new bank in Bryn Mawr. Construction has begun in the 700 block of West Lancaster Avenue, even as Citizens Bank announced the closure of nine other Philadelphia locations.
Four years ago, Philadelphia voters approved a measure that would require city officials to update and rewrite the city's decades-old zoning code. A Zoning Code Commission was created with that approval and began to combine and rework the outdated zoning regulations and amendments.
More than 100 neighborhood residents crowded a zoning board meeting in Holmesburg to rally against a commercial zoning permit for a methadone clinic. The permit issued to The Healing Way allows for a medical clinic, not a place where addicts seek treatment, said protestors.
An attorney recently appeared before a hearing of the Philadelphia Zoning Hearing Board to ask for two variances for the planned Haverford YMCA. The YMCA wants to place large signs on the structure that it is currently constructing and dig deeper into the steep slopes of the Eagle Road property.
Pontiac Avenue has some unusual occupants, and some Southwest Philadelphia residents are not happy about it. After multiple attempts to try and evict the unwanted occupants from the neighborhood, complaints about zoning laws are rising to accompany the case.
Two Pennsylvania civic organizations are each claiming that the land between Scotts Lane and Route 1 in Philadelphia is part of their own community. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is listening to both sides.
To avoid the process of eminent domain, the owner of the building that houses the New Generation Learning Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has agreed to let the city buy her property for a negotiated price. The woman who owns the day-care center, however, says she's running into problems trying to move her business into a nearby neighborhood. The day-care center has to vacate its North Seventh Street building so the city can build a proposed hockey arena for the Philadelphia Flyers' minor league team.
A developer who wants to level an old Philadelphia monastery to create a new apartment housing complex isn't having an easy time. The brownstone structures, including a chapel, garden and reflecting pool, haven't been used by nuns in more than 30 years.