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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  • Eleanore Corcoran Kruc
    signed 2017-06-13 06:17:43 -0400
  • John Amadio
    signed 2017-06-13 05:52:04 -0400
  • Jason DeThomas
    signed via 2017-06-13 05:49:28 -0400
  • Carol Spelkoman
    signed 2017-06-13 01:49:23 -0400
    Carol Spelkoman
  • Anne Johnson
    signed via 2017-06-12 23:56:16 -0400
  • Kevin McKone
    signed 2017-06-12 22:23:06 -0400
  • Sean Callan
    signed 2017-06-12 21:29:42 -0400
  • Ramon Martinez
    signed 2017-06-12 21:17:27 -0400
    Stop this bill until the public is included in the process. It is our city after all. How much are you getting “paid to play”?
  • George Rouse
    signed 2017-06-12 20:51:08 -0400
  • Nancy Lo
    signed 2017-06-12 20:44:19 -0400
  • Florence Mickens
    signed 2017-06-12 20:33:59 -0400
  • William Boyle
    signed 2017-06-12 20:21:11 -0400
  • Cheryl Rybacki
    signed 2017-06-12 20:20:44 -0400
  • Kathleen Cacciola
    signed 2017-06-12 19:42:36 -0400
  • Linda Balin
    signed 2017-06-12 19:04:45 -0400
    Bruce Balin
  • Chris Spencer
    signed 2017-06-12 19:01:58 -0400
  • Murray Dubin
    signed 2017-06-12 18:42:57 -0400
    any legislation without any public imput should be voted down.
  • Kevin and Vicki Dugan
    signed 2017-06-12 18:42:46 -0400
  • Nicole Perry
    signed 2017-06-12 18:31:44 -0400
    Please open this for public comment and get the community’s input. They are the ones who have to live with any decisions made!
  • Daniel Safer
    signed 2017-06-12 18:30:12 -0400
  • Anna Shipp
    signed 2017-06-12 18:29:08 -0400
  • Jason Volpe
    signed 2017-06-12 18:16:02 -0400
    Please allow for public review AND comment on zoning for this area.
  • Jody Artur
    signed 2017-06-12 18:15:59 -0400
    Why is he afraid to open this up for public debate?
  • Carole Schultz
    signed 2017-06-12 18:08:58 -0400
    I own 3 Condos at Society HillTowers and bought in 1999. This proposal needs to consider input from neighborhood.
  • Sarah Peony
    signed 2017-06-12 18:07:36 -0400
  • Amanda Feifer
    signed 2017-06-12 18:00:05 -0400
  • Michael McGettigan
    signed 2017-06-12 17:49:52 -0400
  • Erin Rogers
    signed 2017-06-12 17:43:44 -0400
    Erin Rogers
  • Susan Farrell
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-12 17:38:35 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Clayton Mansfield
    signed 2017-06-12 17:36:32 -0400
    Bills should be introduced on its merits, not because some well heeled developer contributes to your campagin.