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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  • Libby Goldstein
    signed 2017-06-12 12:19:33 -0400
  • Bob Gurmankin
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-12 12:16:41 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Robert Gurmankin
    signed 2017-06-12 12:16:11 -0400
  • Sharon Lee
    signed 2017-06-12 12:14:15 -0400
  • Paula Martino
    signed 2017-06-12 12:12:09 -0400
  • Meera Joshi
    signed 2017-06-12 12:10:12 -0400
  • Beth Medoway
    signed 2017-06-12 12:03:51 -0400
  • Karen Wolford
    signed 2017-06-12 12:01:44 -0400

    How dare you side step the folks that got you in office. SHAME ON YOU
  • Jeff Kiniery
    signed 2017-06-12 12:01:03 -0400
  • William Twardzik
    signed 2017-06-12 12:00:23 -0400
  • Stephanie Boehm
    signed 2017-06-12 11:59:16 -0400
  • June Kinney
    signed 2017-06-12 11:49:09 -0400
    Squilla’s plan is a terrible idea and is all about the greed of the developer at the expense of the citizenry of Philadelphia.
  • Jeff Braff
    signed 2017-06-12 11:47:47 -0400
    What’s the rush?!
  • Norman and Sylvia Lieberman
    signed 2017-06-12 11:47:12 -0400
    Please do the right thing and stick with the original CDAG plan.

    Thank you.
  • Timothy Gierschick II
    signed 2017-06-12 11:44:56 -0400
  • Emma Fried-Cassorla
    signed 2017-06-12 11:44:51 -0400
    I have worked for the waterfront on and off for five years. The overlay was a key piece of legislation needed to guide proper development along the waterfront. Not only that, it showed that Philly was actually willing to stand for things it believed in. After all, the Master Plan came from input of thousands of Philadelphians. By trying to amend the zoning to create this project, you’re throwing aside everything that we’ve been working towards for almost a decade. For many people, it’s been 20-30 years. I urge you to consider pulling the bill. -Emma
  • Mary Hand
    signed 2017-06-12 11:44:24 -0400
    Withdraw this bill
  • Jill Turco
    signed 2017-06-12 11:41:35 -0400
  • Joseph Kain
    signed 2017-06-12 11:40:27 -0400
  • Steven Falkowski
    signed 2017-06-12 11:40:03 -0400
    Dear Councilman Squilla and all Council members,

    Please withdraw the bill amending the Central Delaware Zoning Overlay. Please develop the waterfront within the guidelines and requirements of overlay. Let’s work toward an accessible and walkable riverfront and avoid car-centric plans that effectively cut off neighborhoods from riverfront amenities. Let’s hold developers accountable to the communities they impact and make time for public input in lieu of sidestepping the civic process with bills like this.


    Steven Falkowski, AIA

    Philadelphia, PA 19148
  • Susan Saltzman
    signed 2017-06-12 11:38:40 -0400
  • Doug Grainge
    signed 2017-06-12 11:37:00 -0400
    How much is this debveloper “donating” to Squilla’s campaign?
  • Marsha Moss
    signed 2017-06-12 11:34:02 -0400
    Where is public input?
  • Devyn O'Neill
    signed 2017-06-12 11:29:32 -0400
  • Jody Dodd
    signed 2017-06-12 11:24:44 -0400
  • Amy Friedlander
    signed 2017-06-12 11:23:10 -0400
  • Maria McNichol
    signed 2017-06-12 11:19:05 -0400
    Public input must be sought!
  • judith lieb
    signed via 2017-06-12 11:19:02 -0400
  • Miles Fischel
    signed 2017-06-12 11:18:58 -0400
  • Cayleen Cahill
    signed 2017-06-12 11:17:41 -0400