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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  • Mehmet Orhan Sevinc
    signed 2017-06-12 08:51:00 -0400
    Mehmet Orhan Sevinc
  • Jim Graham
    signed 2017-06-12 08:23:37 -0400
    hundreds and hundreds of hours were put into this waterfront plan. please do what you can to stay true to this vision
  • Steve McGovern
    signed 2017-06-12 08:00:22 -0400
    You are ignoring the wishes of thousands of citizens who participated in visioning and master planning processes to plan the future of a riverfront that should benefit all Philadelphians and not just the privileged few who can afford to live in high-rise, luxury condominiums.
  • Elizabeth Mester
    signed 2017-06-12 07:55:32 -0400
  • Mary Beth Hertz
    signed 2017-06-12 06:40:14 -0400
    I have lived in South Philly since 2002 and have watched its transformation sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. I can’t see how this project benefits South Philly residents. This looks like a project strictly for those looking to turn South Philly into something that long time residents don’t want. Please provide an opportunity for the residents to give input into this spring change and project before barreling through with it.
  • Robert Lucas
    signed 2017-06-12 05:23:04 -0400
  • John Dietel
    signed 2017-06-12 00:30:12 -0400
  • Robert Gallante
    signed 2017-06-11 23:50:27 -0400
  • Michael Noda
    signed 2017-06-11 22:50:16 -0400
  • Robert Schlatter
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-11 22:35:15 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Robert Schlatter
    signed 2017-06-11 22:34:35 -0400
    I’m also concerned about the Delaware River Trail, which goes right through this site.
  • Pat Kopicki
    signed 2017-06-11 22:05:57 -0400
  • Celian Putnam
    signed 2017-06-11 22:05:52 -0400
  • Robert Kramer
    signed 2017-06-11 22:02:08 -0400
  • Madeline Miller
    signed 2017-06-11 21:53:12 -0400
  • Mike Ritzius
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-11 21:49:24 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Squilla 2Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill #phled #phl #philly @drtimony @mbteach
  • Mike Ritzius
    @mritzius tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-11 21:49:21 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Squilla 2Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill #phled #phl #philly @drtimony @mbteach
  • Michael Ritzius
    signed 2017-06-11 21:48:14 -0400
    Squilla needs to stop supporting crap development.There is a broad, comprehensive plan for the Delaware. This spot zoning will take away from that and ultimately reduce value for the entire city in favor of some faceless developer. We vote, Squilla. Developers don’t!
  • Helen Seitz
    signed via 2017-06-11 21:39:40 -0400
  • Robert Demark
    followed this page 2017-06-11 21:33:24 -0400
  • Ted Stein
    signed 2017-06-11 21:16:58 -0400
  • Fran Cassidy
    signed 2017-06-11 21:10:10 -0400
  • Paige Wolf
    @paigewolf tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-11 21:10:00 -0400
    PETITION: Tell Councilman Mark Squilla to Withdraw His Bad Waterfront Zoning Bill
  • Paige Wolf
    signed 2017-06-11 21:09:38 -0400
  • Rebekah Ray
    signed 2017-06-11 21:05:00 -0400
    We need transparency and public input for the good future of our city. No pay to play!
  • kathleen ONeill
    signed 2017-06-11 21:04:10 -0400
    Please adhere to the Central Delaware Overlay. This is not the vision the neighbors want for the Delaware.
  • Lauren Leonard
    signed 2017-06-11 20:53:56 -0400
  • Donna Pancari
    signed 2017-06-11 20:51:52 -0400
  • Catherine Duggan
    signed 2017-06-11 20:36:38 -0400
  • Laura Compton
    signed 2017-06-11 20:30:13 -0400