FNA Zoning Remapping 9/23: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Shape Your Neighborhood

FNA Zoning Remapping Workshop

Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA) and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) are hosting a zoning remapping community meeting on Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00pm at Fishtown Recreation Center (1202 E Montgomery Ave). The purpose of the meeting is to review the neighborhood’s zoning recommendations from last year’s (October 2013) remapping workshop, and to vote on the proposal developed by PCPC. Our focus will be on the area within FNA’s boundaries as an RCO: York to Frankford to Norris to Front to Laurel to the river.

In October 2013, FNA hosted a Zoning Remapping Workshop to review the neighborhood’s current zoning map as a community, and to offer input to the Planning Commission on changes we’d like to see made.

Old Philadelphia neighborhoods like Fishtown are often filled with incorrect zoning designations that make development detrimental to neighbors and difficult for builders. Incorrect zoning leads to more zoning variances: more work for developers to build projects that the community wants to see, more community meetings for neighbors to attend for sometimes trivial projects, and more projects that don’t fit with the existing character of the neighborhood.

Changing the zoning map in Philadelphia requires City Council to pass an ordinance detailing the changes. The Planning Commission typically drafts this legislation on behalf of neighborhoods to facilitate the process with City Council. This community meeting will be our last chance at input before the Planning Commission sends our bills to Council.

The October meeting was a great success and many neighbors came out to offer their thoughts on the zoning designations throughout the neighborhood. Some of the main proposed zoning changes include:

  • Ensuring Frankford and Girard Aves are zoned commercial to match their current uses
  • Rezoning old industrial parcels on residential blocks to residential use, allowing properly scaled residential developments to proceed by right
  • Adding the new industrial/residential mixed use designation to former industrial buildings that would benefit from rehabilitation
  • Focusing denser zones near the El stations and maintaining lower density residential zoning in the neighborhood core

The full proposed zoning map is available here:

Staff from PCPC has compiled our input and developed a series of remapping bills to submit to our district Council persons. The September 23rd meeting is our final opportunity to review and vote on the proposals, so please come out now to vote on our recommendations to PCPC and City Council as a neighborhood.

We’re looking forward to seeing lots of folks there on September 23rd! If you have any questions in the meantime, just let us know at info@fishtown.org.

 

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Zoning Results 8/19/14

1340 Frankford Ave: Supported by the neighbors 22-0 (2-0 Local, 20-0 Community)
1600 Frankford Ave: Supported by the neighbors 15-1 (2-0 Local, 13-1 Community)
2539 E Norris St: Opposed by the neighbors 8-20 (3-8 Local, 5-12 Community)

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Zoning Community Vote, Tuesday August 19

Tuesday, August 19 beginning at 7:00 pm, the following zoning matters will be heard and voted upon by the community. All meetings will take place at the Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave.

1600 Frankford Ave: A proposal for a first floor commercial use (hair salon) in an existing building. (Map - http://goo.gl/maps/Tw9T1)
Variances: Commercial use in a residential zone

2539 E Norris St: A proposal for an off-street parking space to replace a vacant lot. (Map - http://goo.gl/maps/WB0T0)
Variances: Off-street parking not allowed in RSA-5

1340 Frankford Ave: A proposal to add an outdoor deck and additional handicap parking at an existing building (Lutheran Settlement House) (Map -http://goo.gl/maps/WB0T0)
Variances: Off-street parking, additional spaces required

This meeting will take place at the Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E Montgomery Ave. All residents of Fishtown are eligible to vote. Please bring proof of residence or business ownership in the form of a driver’s license or a photo id and a lease, utility bill, or recent piece of mail addressed to your home or business

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Zoning Results, Tuesday August 5

1244 E. Colona
Local (within 500′) – 7 Yes, 4 No
Community (outside 500′) – 7 Yes, 3 No
Total – 14 Yes, 7 No

2310 Cedar
Community – 12 Yes, 0 No
Total – 12 Yes, 0 No

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Education Committee Needs Your Input

The FNA Education Committee is looking for the input of our neighbors as we seek to better serve the parents/guardians, teachers and educators in our community. Please take a few seconds to fill out this brief survey and help us make Fishtown a better place to parent, teach, and grow up!

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August FNA General Membership Meeting at By My Side

Join us for our August meeting on Thurs 8/21 @ 7:00pm. This month, instead of meeting at the Rec Center, we will meet at By My Side, the neighborhood parenting group that meets at Atonement Church (1542 E. Montgomery Ave). The meeting will focus on issues related to parenting and education in Fishtown. We will be joined by Teri Ramsay of By My Side, representatives of Friends of Adaire Elementary, and representatives of several other organizations that serve parents, teachers and educators in our neighborhood. See you there!

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Zoning Community Meeting TONIGHT, 8/5/14

FNA Zoning Community Meeting – Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 – 7:00pm

1244 E Colona St: A proposal for 3 single family homes, 2 with off-street parking in garages. (Map - http://goo.gl/maps/MlKwq)
Variances: Minimum lot size, off-street parking not allowed

2310 Cedar St: A proposal to relocate lot lines on existing homes. (Map -http://goo.gl/maps/WS7zi)
Variances: Minimum lot size

This meeting will take place at the Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E Montgomery Ave. All residents of Fishtown are eligible to vote. Please bring proof of residence or business ownership in the form of a driver’s license or a photo id and a lease, utility bill, or recent piece of mail addressed to your home or business.

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2014 Eva Rubin Memorial Window Box and Planter Contest Winners!

Congrats to the winners of the FNA Beautification Committee’s 2014 Eva Rubin Memorial Window Box and Planter Contest!

1st Place: 1428 Palmer Street

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2nd Place: 1361 Susquehanna Avenue

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3rd Place: 2210 Taggert Street

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People’s Choice: 1302 Columbia Street

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Zoning Results, Tuesday July 15

300 E Girard Ave: A proposal for outdoor seating at an already-approved sit-down restaurant  (Map - http://goo.gl/maps/oHJJx)
Variances: Outdoor Seating legislation to be introduced by Councilman Clarke

Local (within 500 feet): 12 Yes, 0 No
Community (rest of the neighborhood): 14 Yes, 1 No
Total: 26 Yes, 1 No

2412 E Gordon St: A proposal for 8 single-family homes. (Map -http://goo.gl/maps/z3pu7)
Variances: Minimum lot area

Local (within 500 feet): 5 Yes, 14 No
Community (rest of the neighborhood): 11 Yes, 1 No
Total: 16 Yes, 15 No

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Community Zoning Meeting, Tuesday July 15

300 E Girard Ave: A proposal for a sit-down restaurant (New building already approved) (Map - http://goo.gl/maps/oHJJx)
Variances: Use (Restaurant not allowed in North Delaware Ave Special Controls District)

2412 E Gordon St: A proposal for 8 single-family homes. (Map -http://goo.gl/maps/z3pu7)
Variances: Minimum lot area

This meeting will take place at the Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E Montgomery Ave. All residents of Fishtown are eligible to vote. Please bring proof of residence or business ownership in the form of a driver’s license or a photo id and a lease, utility bill, or recent piece of mail addressed to your home or business.

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