Rezoning Germantown: The Philadelphia 2035 Project is seeking input

Posted 8/5/21

A task force of the West Central Germantown Neighbors is preparing a report that will provide feedback to the city on what zoning decisions WCGN feels will be most beneficial to the residents here.

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Rezoning Germantown: The Philadelphia 2035 Project is seeking input

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The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) is working with community groups to update zoning rules in northern Germantown, roughly from Rittenhouse Street to Johnson Street between Wissahickon and Chew Avenues.  

Based on months of researching specific blocks/properties, a task force of the West Central Germantown Neighbors is preparing a report that will provide feedback to the city on what zoning decisions WCGN feels will be most beneficial to the residents here.

Philadelphia2035 is the comprehensive plan for managing growth and development in the City of Philadelphia. The staff of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) creates the plans through an open process that includes outreach to citizens, business associations, institutions and other city agencies. The Commission itself then adopts the Plan. Once adopted, government agencies, elected officials, and community partners put the plan into action.

There is material online explaining the process, along with an interactive map showing current/proposed zoning. Part of the online material makes it possible for anyone to pinpoint a specific property and enter a comment that will go directly to the Planning Commission.

If anyone has questions, or would like to provide feedback to the WCGN task force rather than to the Planning Commission, email the WCGN Board at wcgnboard@gmail.com.

PCPC is working to update zoning in neighborhoods throughout the city. Zoning has not changed in most of northern Germantown for over forty years. The proposed changes meet community goals for how the neighborhoods should grow.

Some of the proposed changes already under review include correcting the zoning in residential areas so that the sizes and shapes of existing buildings no longer conflict with the zoning, and limiting housing development in areas that flood along Belfield Avenue.

In addition to WGCN, other community groups involved in the review include the Faith Community Development Corporation, the Mount Airy Business Improvement District, 6300 Germantown Avenue Business Alliance, GUCDC, the Chew and Belfield Neighbors Club, Duval Improvement Association, and the Pomona-Cherokee Civic Council.

The full Citywide Vision and more-specific 18 planning districts are available at the Philadelphia 2035 website, phila2035.org.

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