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Radio Times turns its attention to the Philly Land Bank
Host Marty Moss-Coane interviews Rick Sauer, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Association of CDCs, Kim Graziani from the Center for Community Progress, and Ellen Kaplan of the Committee of Seventy as they discuss blight, vacancy, and Land Banks: what’s worked around the country – and what hasn’t – and what this means for Philadelphia as we move closer to adopting a Land Bank. Listen here.
Another fight over Registered Community Organizations lurks
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended the passage of a bill that would restrict the new zoning code’s regulations for Registered Community Organizations (RCOs). If enacted, it would place more restrictions on these neighborhood groups even after Council had previously fought to expand RCO participation. Read Battle looming over Registered Community Organizations by Jared Brey, which includes a comparison document between the two RCO rules, and the bill here.
Report assessing zoning code released
One year after it was enacted, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission delivered a report assessing the new code to members of City Council. The report describes how well the code is meeting its goals and recommends certain amendments for its improvement. Read Assessing the zoning code after one year by Jared Brey for PlanPhilly.
New demolition standards and bills introduced
The proposed legislation was introduced October 3 and includes five bills and five resolutions based on recommendations in a report by the City Council Demolition Committee, which seeks changes to demolition regulations and enforcement.
Also, the Department of Licenses & Inspections announced new requirements for demolition contractors in accordance with higher safety regulations. A demolition permit will now need details concerning a contractor’s experience, safety plans for adjacent properties, a comprehensive schedule of work, and more. Department inspectors will also conduct more thorough reviews of demolition sites.
Land bank bill moves on to Council
The passage of a city-wide land bank is closer than ever as City Council’s Public Property and Public Works Committee recommended on Monday, Oct. 28, that a favorable bill to the full Council floor. This response is the result of a hearing in which experts and advocates testified about Philadelphia’s continuing problems with property vacancies, neighborhood home values and overall urban blight. These supporters argued that a land bank is the answer to moving these abandoned structures back into re-use.