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River Wards Zoning Remapping

As a culmination of the existing conditions, community input, and plan recommendations, a future land use map is created and zoning remappings are recommended. The River Wards District Plan recommends rezoning in East Kensington, Olde Richmond, Kensington, Harrowgate, Port Richmond, Frankford Valley and Bridesburg.  Most of the River Wards were rezoned in the 1980s.  Fishtown was rezoned in 2014, before the District Plan began, so no zoning recommendations appear in the Plan for that neighborhood.

One priority objective arose in the District Plan:  maintaining the Port Richmond Development Enterprises service area and the Port east of I-95 for industrial employment.  The does not require rezoning:  it requires vigilance to ensure that any zoning variances granted do not impose burdens on business operators.

Corrective Zoning aligns zoning with existing land use.

In most neighborhoods, the major objective is to transition former (I-2) general industrial blocks to residential single family (RSA-5) or residential multi-family (RM-1), commercial and residential mixed-use (CMX-2 or CMX-3), or industrial and residential mixed-use (IRMX).  

As of the summer of 2016, East Kensington has been rezoned based on the recommendations of the East Kensington Transportation and Community Development Plan.  Staff anticipate working with civic associations and City Council to advance corrective remappings in the fall of 2016 in Olde Richmond, Harrowgate and Kensington (Lehigh Avenue to Clearfield Street, Trenton Avenue to Kensington Avenue).

In the first part of 2017, staff worked with City Council and civic associations to rezone Kensington and Somerset, Kensington and Cambria and Olde Richmond.  Rezoning of Olde Richmond is underway and anticipated to be finished in autumn 2017.

Zoning to Advance the Plan encourages development and land uses envisioned by the community through the district planning process. These recommendations are based on the future land use map, not the land use that exists today.

Recommendations to advance the goals of the District Plan primarily focus on Frankford Avenue and Kensington Avenue.  Both commercial corridors are anticipated to be rezoned to allow higher density (CMX-2, CMX 2.5 or CMX-3) in locations where the Real Estate market is strong.



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