University Southwest Zoning Remapping
The University Southwest District Plan includes zoning recommendations to:
- Correct zoning that is mismatched from its current land use, and
- Advance planning principles and recommendations from the community planning process.
The plan includes remapping neighborhoods to lower density and increasing density along major arterials and transit nodes to accommodate new development while preserving the character and integrity of single-family residential communities. Zoning recommendations also serve to right-size commercial corridors with high vacancies, and remap industrial districts to attract newer investment that fits with current needs.
As of June 2014, two remapping bills were enacted:
- 140436: changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by 50th Street, Spruce Street, 45th Street, and Market Street. This bill increased the allowable density at the West Philadelphia High School site and changed zoning designations in the surrounding neighborhood to more accurately reflect current conditions and to protect single family residential housing in the area.
- 140437: changing the zoning designations of certain areas of land located within an area bounded by Powelton Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, 37th Street, Warren Street, 36th Street, Filbert Street and 38th Street, and by revising use and dimensional regulations in that area of the City. This bill increased the allowable density of the University City High and Drew School site to allow for redevelopment while protecting neighboring residential properties.