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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  • Patricia Tahan
    signed 2017-06-11 20:29:53 -0400
  • Susan McAninley
    signed 2017-06-11 20:27:30 -0400
    Stakeholders in this project are not only the investors, but the residents along the waterfront who helped craft a plan primarily to allow residents access to the water, and to limit density, and to honor the history of Philadelphia The K4 plan looks like it was dropped from Mars onto a site that was once a Revolutionary War fort, a major shipbuilding venue, the country’s first Navy Yard, and an embarkation and disembarkation point for Civil War soldiers. Passing this legislation will nullify this history and the intentions of your constituency.
  • Ed Fischer
    signed 2017-06-11 20:22:31 -0400
    Let the well-designed Delaware River Waterfront Plan proceed without meddling.
  • Kenny Grono
    signed 2017-06-11 20:01:53 -0400
  • Jackie Mcknight
    signed 2017-06-11 19:40:05 -0400
    The taxpayers always should have a say. No backroom deals should ever be made.
  • John Lonergan
    signed 2017-06-11 19:32:32 -0400
  • Thomas Measey
    signed 2017-06-11 19:22:57 -0400
  • Mary Purcell
    signed 2017-06-11 19:22:26 -0400
  • Madhurika Jeremiah
    signed 2017-06-11 19:13:15 -0400
    Please withdraw this bill mr. squilla.
  • Mike Conway
    signed 2017-06-11 18:52:34 -0400
  • John Infanti
    signed 2017-06-11 18:28:17 -0400
    Don’t be surprised if all of these civic associations find a republican to back in the next election cycle. Your district does not hold the massive amount of union. Voters as the city. We will remember what you do here
  • Bruce Holberg
    signed 2017-06-11 17:33:06 -0400
  • Mary McPhilemy
    signed 2017-06-11 17:14:14 -0400
  • Katherine Robinson
    signed 2017-06-11 16:51:38 -0400
  • Ralph Branch
    signed via 2017-06-11 16:45:03 -0400
  • Kelly Mintzer
    signed 2017-06-11 16:33:54 -0400
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  • Peter Zangardi
    signed 2017-06-11 16:30:36 -0400
    Please do not allow this. Traffic is already bad enough and this will totally devastate our neighborhood!
  • Roz Holberg
    signed 2017-06-11 16:15:30 -0400
    Do not pass this legislation. It is bad for the waterfront and bad for the city. Get public input!
  • Jill Betters
    signed 2017-06-11 16:04:58 -0400
  • Charles McGhee Hassrick
    signed 2017-06-11 16:04:33 -0400
  • Harris Olen
    signed 2017-06-11 15:48:41 -0400
  • Marian McGee
    signed 2017-06-11 15:13:07 -0400
  • Mary Stumpf
    signed 2017-06-11 14:01:49 -0400
    The hurried way this bill was introduced conjures the specter of smoky rooms and back door deals. The true beauty of the Civic Vision & subsequent Master Plan is that it spoke as one for ALL Philadelphians about the collective ideas for planning and guiding development along the Central Delaware. The wrongheaded idea that Riverfront development should be of beneft to a speculative few and rammed through/driven by one civic group is shameful! Smart planning that respects the civic vision set forth by Philadelphians are concepts that should be paramount in Councilman Squillas legislative actions. Phillys demographics have changed drastically -the fact that this bill is so customized in the old “SouFilly” style is truly beyond belief.
  • Donal Phillips
    signed 2017-06-11 13:50:48 -0400
  • Denis Devine
    signed 2017-06-11 13:43:21 -0400
    I usually respect and appreciate Councilman Squilla’s work, but I fear he’s been misled about the wisdom of this proposal. I strongly urge him to reconsider this bill in favor of the progress the Central Delaware planning process has yielded this far!
  • Kathy Black
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  • Kathy Black
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    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Katherine Black
    signed 2017-06-11 13:18:19 -0400
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  • Daniel Kocis
    signed 2017-06-11 12:47:23 -0400
  • Katherine Patrone
    signed 2017-06-11 12:40:19 -0400