The future begins with Philadelphia2035. It builds on our city’s recent achievements and long-established assets to guide physical development for the next 25 years and beyond.
A project of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Philadelphia2035 is our two-phase Comprehensive Plan. The Citywide Vision portion was adopted by the PCPC in June 2011. Over the next several years, the PCPC will complete 18 strategic district plans, taking many of the broad-brush objectives of the Citywide Vision and applying them at the local level.
Integrated Planning and Zoning Process
PCPC will use Philadelphia2035 as a tool to guide the implementation of zoning map revisions using the city’s new zoning code , and educate and empower citizens to play an active role in this process through its education and outreach arm, the Citizens Planning Institute. These three components – the plan, the code, and public engagement – make up the Integrated Planning and Zoning Process.
Where We Are in the Process
The New Zoning Code
Philadelphia City Council passed Bill No. 110845 on December 15, 2011, which repealed and replaced Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code (Zoning and Planning) with The Final Report of the Zoning Code Commission. Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed the bill into law on December 22, 2011.
Training sessions are underway for city staff and members of the public who wish to learn more about the new code. The new Zoning Code takes effect on August 22, 2012.
The Comprehensive Plan
With the Citywide Vision completed and adopted in June 2011, we are currently in Phase II: District Plans. These plans apply the recommendations of the Citywide Vision at the local level, identifying opportunities for zoning changes, public facility improvements, and other infrastructure investments.
A full schedule and other information is available here.
The Citizens Planning Institute
The Citizens Planning Institute educates citizens about the role good planning and implementation play in helping to create communities of lasting value through a series of core and elective classes taught by local practitioners and experts. Since its launch in November 2010, CPI has graduated 89 citizen planners, community leaders and engaged residents from more than 60 neighborhoods. A new class of 30 students is currently completing the Spring 2012 Course.
The CPI is expanding as the integrated planning and zoning process accelerates with the implementation of the new Zoning Code and ongoing District Plan projects. The CPI is running training series on the new Zoning Code throughout 2012. Check here frequently for updated schedules and new training opportunities.
Be A Part of the Process