PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill



(K4's fake plan for the Delaware waterfront)

1st District Councilman Mark Squilla is trying to push through bad legislation for the Delaware River waterfront - tell him to stop, so we can have a fair and open process that includes the public.

In May, Squilla introduced broad legislation, without public input, to amend the entire Central Delaware Zoning Overlay in order to ram through a single development proposal: A giant, car-centric, 10-tower proposal by K4 on the sheet metal workers union site in South Philadelphia.

The Overlay, enacted in 2013, was the result of 7 years of planning work, through an unprecedented public engagement process. This bill would undermine all that work and take us back to the bad old days of transactional, politicized zoning. It is underhanded spot-zoning for the speculative K4 project, which likely will never even get built.

The bill would enable K4 to build bigger and higher through bad language that would allow the developer to “double dip” on height bonuses (getting multiple bonuses for the same square footage). These include a glorified driveway across from an I-95 ramp that they would claim as both a “river connection” and “public space.”

The Overlay can be amended and improved. The Planning Commission, the Central Delaware Advocacy Group, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp all are on board with improving it, and they have good ideas. But more time is needed for public input and to carefully craft the necessary language.

The bill is slated to be voted on by City Council’s Rules Committee this Tuesday morning, June 13 - and if the committee votes on it, it’s effectively law.

Sign and share this petition, and then call Councilman Squilla at 215-686-3458 or 215-686-3459 to stop this train. Demand that he withdraw this bill so we can start over, together, with a public conversation and a proper process.

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  • Andries Cregar
    signed 2017-09-05 11:49:56 -0400
    Make this city beautiful..
  • Julie Ulrich
    signed 2017-07-10 09:44:16 -0400
  • Paul Lipton
    signed 2017-07-07 11:18:51 -0400
  • Linda Blythe
    signed 2017-07-03 16:57:25 -0400
  • Evan Deussing
    signed 2017-06-20 21:05:00 -0400
  • J Abbell
    signed 2017-06-14 22:54:41 -0400
  • Heidi Lewis
    signed via 2017-06-14 21:00:35 -0400
  • Lucy Erdelac
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-14 12:30:46 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Lucy Erdelac
    signed 2017-06-14 12:29:55 -0400
  • Jeffrey Carey
    signed 2017-06-14 12:16:53 -0400
  • Christopher Mullen
    signed 2017-06-14 08:50:39 -0400
    Christopher Mullen
  • Everett Wilde
    signed 2017-06-13 20:33:28 -0400
  • Karin Besier
    signed 2017-06-13 18:49:43 -0400
    The waterfront is finally becoming a great attraction – we are not in favor of the new proposal – this should be put to a vote
  • Jan Rubin
    signed 2017-06-13 18:05:58 -0400
    jan rubin
  • jane friedman
    signed 2017-06-13 15:55:07 -0400
  • Samantha Safara
    signed 2017-06-13 15:03:26 -0400
  • Marita Fitzpatrick
    signed 2017-06-13 14:28:24 -0400
  • Magaly Sanchez
    signed 2017-06-13 13:57:21 -0400
    building towers closer to the river, it s already a traspassing event for floating., and will be completly against any prevention and awareness vis a vis global weather change. Let s be precaussios please

    Philadelphia shuld give examples to other cities on this !!
  • Leslie Linnebur
    signed 2017-06-13 11:53:55 -0400
  • Julie Rose
    signed 2017-06-13 10:58:31 -0400
  • Adrienne Strickler
    signed 2017-06-13 09:49:52 -0400
  • Norma Van Dyke
    signed 2017-06-13 09:29:51 -0400
    Barbara H. Levine
  • Michael Yurkow
    signed 2017-06-13 09:23:00 -0400
  • J Hartl
    signed 2017-06-13 08:31:59 -0400
  • Marion Hanks-Bell
    signed 2017-06-13 07:32:21 -0400
  • Warren Grossman
    signed 2017-06-13 07:29:40 -0400
    After 7 years’ work, it wouldn’t hurt to spend a bit more time on developing the waterfront as a showpiece. Parking garages do not make best use of space, especially in this case.
  • Jenna Syken
    signed 2017-06-13 07:19:18 -0400
  • Charles Callan
    signed 2017-06-13 07:09:24 -0400
  • Cheryl Weiss
    signed 2017-06-13 07:00:29 -0400
    Dear Councilman Squilla,

    You’re only delaying bill because the developer asked you to. Not because you think it violates the already established waterfront guidelines. How much did they contribute to your campaign???
  • Pamela Freyd
    signed 2017-06-13 06:38:03 -0400