Philadelphia's city council recently stepped in and saved a new bill from veto by the mayor that will effect the city's zoning code.
A Pennsylvania water company wants to avoid a confrontation with a local zoning board over a groundwater pumping station it wants to build in Newtown Township and had decided to ask a different entity for approval.
The Court of Common Pleas in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, has ruled that a local zoning board is wrong for telling a man he cannot maintain his upgraded garage on his property in Indian Lake.
Anyone who wants to make any sort of land use changes knows that the zoning process can be burdensome. And although new athletic fields at a Philadelphia-area university have seen action this spring, the dispute over the campus improvements lingers on.
A seller and a prospective buyer who both want a Pennsylvania house preserved as a historic site are stuck in a stalemate over a potential real estate sale, with the seller eager to close the deal and the buyer insisting on assurances of zoning variances from the borough before finalizing a contract.
A Pennsylvania appellate court has upheld a lower court's ruling that agreed with a zoning board's decision, blocking a developer from building a residential unit for parolees and pre-release inmates. Zoning regulations can be restrictive, and some people can use them to stop a development that they don't want to happen.
Residents fearing commercial encroachment on their neighborhoods have successfully argued their case against rezoning to officials in a suburban Philadelphia township.
Before a development firm can start to build in a Pennsylvania city or town, the city must first give its approval and ensure that the proposed development will be consistent with the zoning laws and city plan. Unfortunately, these approvals often take time and considerable discussion. The members of the Legal Affairs Committee's board of commissioners chose to table the rezoning of the proposed O'Neill riverfront property at a recent meeting.
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.
Nearly 50 Upland residents were present when testimony was given to the zoning board concerning a proposed neighborhood charter school. The second of two informational meetings was held to allow zoning board members and residents to voice opinions and ask questions about the project. A final decision on the Chester Community Charter School's request to build a school in an R-1 residential zone was expected to be made a few weeks after this meeting.