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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  • Chris Martino
    signed 2017-06-12 17:20:16 -0400
  • Rob Kettell
    signed 2017-06-12 17:06:47 -0400
  • Henry Mahlmann
    signed 2017-06-12 16:57:15 -0400
  • Natalie Scott
    signed 2017-06-12 16:52:47 -0400
  • Adam Mussell
    signed 2017-06-12 16:45:44 -0400
  • Jenna Schuster
    signed 2017-06-12 16:38:32 -0400
  • Daisy Konowal
    signed 2017-06-12 16:36:33 -0400
  • Bill Raich
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-12 16:33:29 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • William A Raich
    signed 2017-06-12 16:29:22 -0400
  • Lee Mayer
    signed 2017-06-12 16:20:05 -0400
  • George Mostoller
    signed 2017-06-12 16:00:30 -0400
  • Michael Bray
    signed 2017-06-12 15:51:53 -0400
    Mark Squilla helped stop the development of a playground at an existing Philly public school because of a handful of neighbor “concerns”. If he truly cares about his constituents, he’ll give us the same voice in this matter by stopping this bill until we can have a say.
  • Michael Colligan
    signed 2017-06-12 15:51:03 -0400
  • John Ryan
    signed 2017-06-12 15:39:48 -0400
  • Jonathan Sher
    signed 2017-06-12 15:39:33 -0400
  • Valerie Skinkus
    signed 2017-06-12 15:32:53 -0400
  • Sam Sherman
    signed 2017-06-12 15:28:13 -0400
  • Linda Witt
    signed via 2017-06-12 15:23:37 -0400
  • Michael Greenle
    signed 2017-06-12 15:11:26 -0400
  • Bj Sulik
    signed 2017-06-12 15:06:16 -0400
  • Libby S. Harwitz
    signed 2017-06-12 14:55:26 -0400
  • Trudy Anne Watt
    signed 2017-06-12 14:49:55 -0400
    The public has a right to participate in these decisions! Withdraw this bill until there is appropriate professional and public input.
  • Margot Vinen
    signed 2017-06-12 14:45:25 -0400
  • Diana Fisher
    signed 2017-06-12 14:40:53 -0400
  • Amie Schaadt
    signed 2017-06-12 14:31:38 -0400
  • Mark Henry
    signed 2017-06-12 14:28:24 -0400
    Bad idea, bad legisation, this smacks of pay to play. Mark Squilla, stop selling out your city.
  • Elizabeth Armour
    signed 2017-06-12 14:28:19 -0400
  • Marcin Szkotak
    signed 2017-06-12 14:26:50 -0400
  • Donald Hunt
    signed 2017-06-12 14:20:59 -0400
  • Kathleen Goughary
    signed 2017-06-12 13:54:23 -0400