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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  • Susan Higginbotham
    signed 2017-06-12 11:16:44 -0400
    Please provide for public comment on any attempts to amend the Central Delaware Zoning Overlay.
  • Lydia Hunn
    signed 2017-06-12 11:15:14 -0400
    What do you think you’re doing, Councilman? Are you serving me and my family or are you giving special treatment to old friends. This has got to stop!
  • Pamela Zimmerman
    signed 2017-06-12 11:14:10 -0400
    The waterfront design guidelines were developed by consensus with a huge cross-section of Philadelphia, over several years. Any significant changes should be approved via the same process, and not by an end-run around the rules.
  • Theo. A. Artz
    signed 2017-06-12 11:12:11 -0400
    Seriously!?! After all the years of conscientious work by others to legitimately direct future development of the waterfront, a few greedy real estate developers can so easily sway a small cadre of manipulable local politicians to have it THEIR way?!? Shameful, …absolutely shameful.
  • Tracy Lisk
    signed 2017-06-12 11:11:02 -0400
  • Lisa Yoworsky
    signed 2017-06-12 11:09:12 -0400
  • Ann Ku
    signed 2017-06-12 11:08:54 -0400
  • Kathy Shelton
    signed 2017-06-12 11:04:39 -0400
    I am against this bill & want the public to have input on a new, fairer one.
  • nancy blood
    signed 2017-06-12 11:01:34 -0400
    More time is needed for public input and to carefully craft the necessary language!
  • Sylvia Beck
    signed 2017-06-12 11:01:10 -0400
  • Talmage Brennan
    signed 2017-06-12 11:00:32 -0400
  • Lowell Brown
    signed 2017-06-12 11:00:26 -0400
    Councilman, I met you June 10 at the Frankford Gateway landscaping event. We talked briefly about the years of work it takes to bring landowners, neighbors, businesses, government organizations like Philly CLIP and nonprofits like New Kensington CDC and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council together to build a project that improves the neighborhood for everyone and that everyone has a stake in protecting. Although I’m new to your district, it looks like exactly this kind of work has gone into the Central Delaware Zoning Overlay. Please don’t undermine it with waterfront legislation that smacks of a hasty, back-room deal. Please withdraw your bill.
  • Barbara Cowan
    signed 2017-06-12 11:00:13 -0400
  • Nancy Wood
    signed 2017-06-12 10:59:57 -0400
    Nancy Wood
  • Lucinda Ayers
    signed 2017-06-12 10:59:03 -0400
    Any plan for the waterfront should be made with the involvement of the public. Stop trying to ram this through, please.
  • Michael Dougherty
    signed 2017-06-12 10:55:39 -0400
  • Kerry Brinkman
    signed 2017-06-12 10:53:42 -0400
  • Larry Reigel
    signed 2017-06-12 10:53:22 -0400
  • Joshua Stratton-Rayner
    signed 2017-06-12 10:51:23 -0400
  • Margaret Vogelson
    signed 2017-06-12 10:50:43 -0400
    Please do not support this plan and stop trying to push it through so quickly.
  • Sequoia Medley
    signed 2017-06-12 10:49:45 -0400
  • John Goldthorp
    signed 2017-06-12 10:47:01 -0400
  • Thomas Newman
    signed 2017-06-12 10:46:51 -0400
    This is wrong in so many ways, including the manner in which public input has been short-circuited.
  • Judy Weightman
    @JudyWeightman tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-12 10:46:30 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Judy Weightman
    signed 2017-06-12 10:46:05 -0400
  • Frank Reis
    signed 2017-06-12 10:45:31 -0400
  • Paul Nutaitis
    signed 2017-06-12 10:44:07 -0400
    Councilman Squilla:

    Please withdraw the bill so that RCO’s have an opportunity to work with you to correct some of the existing weaknesses inherit in the overlay. I am not talking about removing height adjustments. I am simply talking about making general improvements to the overlay so that multi-tower developments are handled in the proper manner benefiting both the developer and surrounding neighborhood. Let’s not have yet another set of broken promises from a developer who is overly ambitious and who will NOT follow through on any of the planned development as has been the case with others who have made similar pitches. Thank you.
  • Carolyn Gray
    signed 2017-06-12 10:42:48 -0400
  • Ann Fuchs
    signed 2017-06-12 10:40:32 -0400
  • Deborah Kuehl
    signed 2017-06-12 10:38:30 -0400