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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  • Bruce Pearson
    signed 2017-06-12 13:46:00 -0400
  • Tom Lennon
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-12 13:42:46 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Tom Lennon
    signed 2017-06-12 13:42:17 -0400
  • Irene McNeil
    signed 2017-06-12 13:41:06 -0400
    I want Councilman Squilla to at least hold the bill so that improvements can be made with CDAG executive Board input.
  • Elayne Bloom
    signed via 2017-06-12 13:39:50 -0400
  • Thomas Aiken
    signed 2017-06-12 13:38:53 -0400
  • Kerry Smith
    signed 2017-06-12 13:34:21 -0400
    My family uses the waterfront often. Transparency and citizen input is critical. Please withdraw this bill, which undermines the public engagement process.
  • Ann Moyer
    signed 2017-06-12 13:32:29 -0400
    Ann Moyer
  • Jennifer OShea
    signed 2017-06-12 13:24:12 -0400
  • Christopher Leary
    signed 2017-06-12 13:23:31 -0400
    Not so fast!

    Let’s get real public input before any votes
  • David Golden
    signed 2017-06-12 13:19:26 -0400
  • Charles Valentine
    signed 2017-06-12 13:18:11 -0400
    Power goes to an individuals head so fast it is unbelievable that they can’t even be humble enough to think on behalf of the greater good to stop themselves because in their mind their power(and control) will be lost. Shame! We are all greater than that.
  • Alfred Klosterman
    signed 2017-06-12 13:13:05 -0400
  • Mitchell Golding
    signed 2017-06-12 13:03:03 -0400
  • Sharon Meagher
    signed 2017-06-12 12:55:46 -0400
    We need to develop the waterfront with a clear plan that attends to environmental and infrastructure needs and limits.
  • Kristina Fahl
    signed 2017-06-12 12:54:28 -0400
  • Clare Bohn
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-12 12:53:15 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Clare Bohn
    signed 2017-06-12 12:52:34 -0400
  • Kristin Peresta
    signed 2017-06-12 12:50:26 -0400
  • Jason Trenchard
    signed 2017-06-12 12:50:03 -0400
  • Marinda Schwartz
    signed via 2017-06-12 12:45:45 -0400
    As one of the citizens who participated in a plan for the waterfront almost 10 years ago, I write to protest this plan

    Respect the residents input! Withdraw this proposal!
  • Megan Boyle
    signed 2017-06-12 12:40:40 -0400
  • Michael Kalinowski
    signed via 2017-06-12 12:35:52 -0400
  • Scott Willemin
    signed 2017-06-12 12:34:53 -0400
    Please withdraw the Waterfront Zoning Bill… Scott W Willemin 717 S Columbus BLVD Philadelphia
  • Kristianna Rubin
    signed 2017-06-12 12:34:48 -0400
  • Frank Gaydos
    signed 2017-06-12 12:33:09 -0400
    Please do not bulldose through the waterfront plan for one clint. That is not how it is supposed to work.
  • Lawrence Meehan
    signed 2017-06-12 12:32:26 -0400
  • William Mcbrien
    signed 2017-06-12 12:31:11 -0400
    I oppose your proposal and will begin to work vigorously to stop it.
  • Kate Somerville
    signed 2017-06-12 12:25:47 -0400
    This is bad for the river, bad for traffic, bad for people who live around here, bad for wildlife and riparian habitat, and it looks like developer gouging. I am VERY opposed to this.
  • Greta Alexander
    signed 2017-06-12 12:20:09 -0400