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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  • Jennie Shanker
    signed 2017-06-10 13:21:31 -0400
  • William West
    signed 2017-06-10 13:20:05 -0400
    This is a terrible bill.
  • Dan Sigmans
    signed 2017-06-10 13:19:14 -0400
  • James Jackson
    signed 2017-06-10 13:15:17 -0400
    I had my wedding on the Washington Avenue Green site which would be heavily damaged or destroyed by this proposed development. This city needs more good waterfront planning like the Washington Avenue Green and the Race Street Pier project that create useful and beautiful spaces for the community rather than over hyped developer wet dreams adding to the glut of unsellable high dollar condo and business units in shiny metal and glass.
  • Joe Schiavo
    signed 2017-06-10 13:14:14 -0400
  • Sam Gish
    @PhilaCook tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-10 12:53:05 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Sam Gish
    signed 2017-06-10 12:52:40 -0400
  • Jane Theis
    signed 2017-06-10 12:44:38 -0400
    The public NEEDS to be included!
  • Pamela Dalton
    signed 2017-06-10 12:31:38 -0400
  • Richard Wolk
    signed 2017-06-10 12:29:43 -0400
  • Neil Brecher
    signed 2017-06-10 12:27:49 -0400
  • Janice Woodcock
    signed 2017-06-10 12:23:01 -0400
  • John Consolvo
    signed 2017-06-10 12:12:14 -0400
  • Jennifer Baker
    signed 2017-06-10 12:11:05 -0400
  • Shani Ferguson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-10 12:08:37 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Shani Ferguson
    @Ratphooey tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-10 12:08:34 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Whitney Barnebey
    signed 2017-06-10 12:08:26 -0400
  • Shani Ferguson
    signed 2017-06-10 12:08:19 -0400
  • Dillon Glisson
    signed 2017-06-10 12:07:22 -0400
  • Jenny Martin
    signed 2017-06-10 12:06:50 -0400
  • Gardner Reed
    signed 2017-06-10 12:04:28 -0400
  • Troy Morris
    signed 2017-06-10 12:01:25 -0400
  • Daniel Strunk
    signed 2017-06-10 11:59:46 -0400
    Removing all of the reasons we moved here, one by one.
  • Katie Low
    signed 2017-06-10 11:58:51 -0400
  • Barb Mulckhuyse
    signed 2017-06-10 11:55:57 -0400
  • Justin Brooks
    signed 2017-06-10 11:53:51 -0400
    Spot zoning is the enemy of sensible development. Always. But particularly in this case for a developer with no track record to speak of and what seems to be be an unrealistic plan. If you must, give them a variance AFTER they PROVE they have financing in place and the project can be basically shovel-ready upon grant of the variance.
  • Ryan Colahan
    signed 2017-06-10 11:53:25 -0400
  • Jim Moss
    signed 2017-06-10 11:53:08 -0400
    Mark, I do hope that you will pull the bill. I would rather see you as a leader, co-convening meetings and study sessions designed to improve the Overlay with a view toward making the waterfront a striking example of real planning. Frank’s signal legacy in my view was the Delaware River Waterfront initiative and all that followed, and I hope that you too will be seen as one of its champions. Jim Moss
  • Marshall Schurtz
    signed 2017-06-10 11:49:09 -0400
  • Daniel Warner
    signed 2017-06-10 11:46:12 -0400