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Germantown Dollar Tree protestors fail to push zoning board vote

Protesters flocked to a recent Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting in Germantown to show displeasure for the proposed placement of a Dollar Tree store in the shopping center at Chelten Plaza. The board is considering whether to revoke the store's construction permit, which Dollar Tree opponents say was granted under false pretenses.

Philadelphia works to revamp city zoning codes

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 A Zoning Code Commission was created with that approval and began to combine and rework the outdated zoning regulations and amendments.

Holmesburg zoning board gets earful about methadone clinic

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.

Zoning board members at odds with Haverford YMCA building plans

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.

Philadelphia residents say neighbor's horses violate zoning laws

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.

Civic groups dispute land line in Northwest Philadelphia

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.

Zoning violations and community backlash thwart building plans

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.

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