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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  • Jeanne Carol Myers
    signed 2017-06-12 09:59:01 -0400
    I already sent several E-mails to the Councilman on this subject so my opinions were stated there.
  • Joe Buckshon
    signed 2017-06-12 09:58:59 -0400
  • Susan Farrell
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-12 09:58:50 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Dawn Pratson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-12 09:58:20 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Joseph Waldron
    signed 2017-06-12 09:58:11 -0400
  • Dominic Fuscia
    signed 2017-06-12 09:57:45 -0400
  • Dawn Pratson
    signed 2017-06-12 09:55:41 -0400
  • Gail Massey
    signed 2017-06-12 09:55:26 -0400
    The public is important!
  • Edgar Einhorn
    signed 2017-06-12 09:55:18 -0400
  • Donna Harris
    signed 2017-06-12 09:55:09 -0400
  • Anna Kline
    signed 2017-06-12 09:54:54 -0400
  • Rory Boyle
    signed 2017-06-12 09:54:27 -0400
    Don’t sell us out to the developers
  • Joseph Russell
    signed 2017-06-12 09:54:01 -0400
  • Joellyn Ross
    signed 2017-06-12 09:52:54 -0400
    This may well be worse than a casino would have been. No, no, no!!!
  • Tom Maciag
    signed 2017-06-12 09:51:14 -0400
  • Theresa Everline
    signed 2017-06-12 09:50:51 -0400
  • Paul Pallas
    signed 2017-06-12 09:50:01 -0400
  • Natalie Shaak
    signed 2017-06-12 09:48:40 -0400
    Natalie Shaak
  • Lisa Torrieri
    signed 2017-06-12 09:48:33 -0400
  • Karen Skafte
    signed 2017-06-12 09:47:18 -0400
  • Christopher Mote
    signed 2017-06-12 09:46:16 -0400
  • Felicia Lewis
    signed 2017-06-12 09:46:06 -0400
  • David Gana
    signed 2017-06-12 09:41:42 -0400
  • Joseph Bridy
    signed 2017-06-12 09:30:39 -0400
    There is already a publicly approved Master Plan and site planning guidelines in place for how the underutilized land along the Delaware River in Philadelphia is to be developed. It takes into account the benefits to the dozen or so neighborhoods along the Delaware River and the City as a whole. It reconnects the city street grids with the rivers edge across I-95 and places similar types of mixed low and mid rise uses in the newly developed areas that exist historically and still exist today. A isolated wall of Parking Structures and essentially ‘gated’ high rise Tower buildings, stretching from South Philadelphia to Frankford, with private driveways with traffic lights and inaccessible private streets stretching along the Delaware River’s western shoreline is not a feature of the approved and accepted Master Plan.
  • Ann Westcott
    signed 2017-06-12 09:29:03 -0400
  • Julie Snell
    signed 2017-06-12 09:28:11 -0400
    I urge you not value private interest over public access.
  • Matthew Desiderio
    signed 2017-06-12 09:20:48 -0400
  • Lee Sequeira
    signed 2017-06-12 09:17:31 -0400
  • John McConnell
    signed 2017-06-12 09:09:15 -0400
    Please do not ignore your constituency by ushering in a bill that contradicts not only your public message, but your position after a decade of thought leadership and careful consideration of Philadelphia’s waterfront and its nearby neighborhood communities.
  • Michelle Marcuse
    signed 2017-06-12 08:54:03 -0400
    Michelle Marcuse