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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  • George Yenovkian
    signed 2017-06-11 06:21:58 -0400
    George Yenovkian
  • Tessa Upin
    signed 2017-06-11 03:56:16 -0400
  • Vaughn Parker
    signed 2017-06-11 00:48:06 -0400
  • Praveen Shanbhag
    signed 2017-06-10 22:32:07 -0400
  • Melanie Coffman
    signed via 2017-06-10 22:24:28 -0400
  • Joan Becker
    signed 2017-06-10 22:10:29 -0400
  • Kerry Durst
    signed 2017-06-10 22:04:59 -0400
  • Nate Trager
    signed 2017-06-10 21:26:07 -0400
    Philadelphians should be a part of the decision-making process. Withdraw this bill.
  • Carmela Infanti
    signed 2017-06-10 20:53:44 -0400
    Please do not pass this bill. It is not on the best interest of the residents in Councilman Squilla’ s district. And will destroy the integrity of our historic neighborhood
  • Helen Upin
    signed 2017-06-10 20:03:16 -0400
  • Kathleen McGrann
    signed 2017-06-10 19:48:18 -0400
    Kathleen McGrann
  • Peggy Louden
    signed 2017-06-10 19:45:50 -0400
  • Jonathan Miller
    signed 2017-06-10 19:42:42 -0400
  • Katherine DeAngelis
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-10 19:34:29 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Katherine DeAngelis
    signed 2017-06-10 19:32:34 -0400
    Mark you need to withdraw this bill and allow proper vetting by public process. Do not ruin the Waterfront Master Plan by this, last minute, spot-zoning bill to aid ONE developer. Thousands of Philadelphians spent years working on the Central Delaware Zoning overlay to create and protect our Waterfront before you were elected a Councilman. Please respect our wishes and do not undo our hard work.
  • William Inden
    signed 2017-06-10 19:28:56 -0400
  • Kirby Bell
    signed 2017-06-10 18:49:37 -0400
  • Theodore Kazantzis
    signed 2017-06-10 18:49:06 -0400
  • Geri Kephart
    signed 2017-06-10 18:40:06 -0400
    Do not back this proposal.
  • Matt Karp
    signed 2017-06-10 18:33:37 -0400
  • Margaret Stuski
    signed 2017-06-10 18:11:56 -0400
  • Joan Cullen
    signed 2017-06-10 18:11:51 -0400
  • River Trappler
    signed 2017-06-10 17:59:43 -0400
  • Kevin Parker
    signed 2017-06-10 17:41:39 -0400
    Council members are obligated to represent their constituents and introduce legislation that promotes the greater good. This bill promotes the good for one company that is not a constituent.
  • Brian Kisielewski
    @bkiz_vibraseis tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-10 17:28:56 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Brian Kisielewski
    signed 2017-06-10 17:28:43 -0400
  • Paula Gansky
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-10 16:49:05 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Paula Gansky
    signed 2017-06-10 16:48:37 -0400
  • Robert Seeley
    signed 2017-06-10 16:37:42 -0400
  • Jane Winkel
    signed 2017-06-10 16:36:34 -0400