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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  • Robert Solomon
    signed 2017-06-11 12:14:24 -0400
    not a good use of waterfront land; should have public and private development and height restrictions. waterfront is already cut off by I95.
  • Drew Krause
    signed 2017-06-11 12:12:19 -0400
  • Nate Hammitt
    signed 2017-06-11 12:03:35 -0400
    We’d all love to see something great happen along the central delaware. Please consider the impact that this sort of transactional zoning will have on future projects and proposals.
  • Debjani Bhattacharyya
    signed 2017-06-11 11:57:56 -0400
  • Richard Cohen
    signed 2017-06-11 11:36:44 -0400
    This councilman is for business who line his pockets. He talks nice to the neighborhoods and then goes against them.

    He passed the bill for the obnoxious billboards and more.
  • Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman
    signed 2017-06-11 11:26:44 -0400
    Waterfronts are for the people, not private enterprise.
  • Michael Hauptman
    signed 2017-06-11 11:21:58 -0400
  • Richard King
    signed 2017-06-11 11:11:55 -0400
    This is an overreach! The allowed zoning is more than enough to make money.
  • Jerry Fisher
    signed 2017-06-11 10:17:40 -0400
  • Wendell Jones
    signed 2017-06-11 09:51:01 -0400
  • Bill Arrowood
    signed via 2017-06-11 09:49:51 -0400
    please consider more public input before voting on this project. a megalith project like this on the water will significantly impact the residential quality of life in the adjacent community. While water front development is a good idea, this spot lets the horse out of the barn and it will not be easy to put it back in.
  • Victoria Rollins
    signed via 2017-06-11 09:36:00 -0400
  • Orlando Pelliccia
    signed via 2017-06-11 09:30:04 -0400
    Please vote against this bill. The process was unacceptable and reeks of cronyism and pay-to-play, and once again ignores your constituents.
  • Venise Whitaker
    signed 2017-06-11 09:28:54 -0400
  • Andrew Thomas
    signed 2017-06-11 09:24:25 -0400
  • Kate Donegan
    signed 2017-06-11 09:22:19 -0400
    As we have seen in our own neighborhood, Squilla is always on the side of developers! He is desperate. Will not ever get elected here again.
  • Ricci Andeer
    signed 2017-06-11 08:30:44 -0400
  • Danielle Kim
    signed 2017-06-11 08:26:54 -0400
    Please withdraw the bill to avoid transactional and politicized development on the Waterfront.
  • Maria Beddia
    signed 2017-06-11 08:22:00 -0400
  • Oscar Beisert
    signed 2017-06-11 08:10:10 -0400
    I love the network of private boats! It’s very South Philadelphia
  • Dana DeRogatis
    signed via 2017-06-11 07:57:36 -0400
  • Susan Walton
    signed 2017-06-11 07:51:10 -0400
  • angela geiger
    signed 2017-06-11 07:50:48 -0400
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  • Mary Ann Case
    signed 2017-06-11 07:49:57 -0400
    The Delaware waterfront development affects all Philadelphians, and your bill is a bad one. Withdraw it for the good of the citizens.
  • Georgena Senior
    signed 2017-06-11 07:49:06 -0400
  • Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick
    signed 2017-06-11 07:44:26 -0400
  • Carol Haufler
    signed 2017-06-11 07:41:27 -0400
    Carol Haufler
  • Anne Waginger
    signed 2017-06-11 07:09:19 -0400
  • Kelly Joyce
    signed 2017-06-11 07:06:02 -0400
  • John Scorsone
    signed 2017-06-11 06:44:34 -0400
    We are not going back to business as usual in our city. We have worked to hard for to long to allow corrupt back room deals amongst the few to ruin the consensus of the many.