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 Bigley
    signed 2017-06-10 16:20:39 -0400
  • Michal Strunk
    signed 2017-06-10 16:13:46 -0400
  • Dan Dorgan
    signed 2017-06-10 16:03:39 -0400
  • Jay Farrell
    signed 2017-06-10 15:49:43 -0400
  • Jake Liefer
    signed 2017-06-10 15:43:07 -0400
  • Patrick Christmas
    signed 2017-06-10 15:43:07 -0400
  • Mary Leitch
    signed 2017-06-10 15:36:03 -0400
    Too many people – too much traffic, pollution and will be even harder than it is now to use the blvd. There is an existing densely populated community here already.
  • Margaret Schernecke
    signed 2017-06-10 15:35:36 -0400
  • Leroy Enck
    signed 2017-06-10 15:34:04 -0400
  • Susan Shulman
    signed 2017-06-10 15:27:08 -0400
  • Chelsea Thompson
    signed 2017-06-10 15:26:52 -0400
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  • Robert Baldry
    signed 2017-06-10 15:11:05 -0400
  • Carolann Atene
    signed 2017-06-10 15:10:25 -0400
  • Lynn Jackson
    signed 2017-06-10 15:03:42 -0400
  • Petra Artz
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-10 14:55:34 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Petra Artz
    signed 2017-06-10 14:55:07 -0400
  • Frank Chudnow
    signed 2017-06-10 14:41:03 -0400
  • Barbara Botting
    signed 2017-06-10 14:39:33 -0400
    Withdraw your zoning plan for the Delaware waterfront – we demand public input!
  • Mitch Chanin
    signed 2017-06-10 14:35:27 -0400
  • Ryan Roat
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-10 14:35:12 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Ryan Roat
    @ryanroat tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-10 14:35:09 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Ryan Roat
    signed 2017-06-10 14:34:12 -0400
  • John Manhardt
    signed 2017-06-10 14:24:24 -0400
    Work for the greater good of the city and its citizens not your political donors
  • Phyllis C Pertnoy
    signed 2017-06-10 14:24:18 -0400
    Although changes may need to be made to the zoning overlay, pushing this bill is not the way to go about it. Please withdraw this bill to allow careful consideration to tweaking g the overlay.
  • Barbara Bienvenu
    signed 2017-06-10 14:02:41 -0400
    Barbara Bienvenu
  • Joan Duckenfield
    signed 2017-06-10 13:52:33 -0400
  • susan patrone
    signed 2017-06-10 13:49:33 -0400
  • Kyle Andrews
    signed 2017-06-10 13:37:49 -0400
  • Kelly Petersen
    signed 2017-06-10 13:26:59 -0400
  • Conrad Benner
    signed 2017-06-10 13:22:21 -0400