Zoning24 Sep 2011 10:16 pm

On September 13, the Passyunk Square Civic Association Zoning Committee heard five cases and reached the following decisions:

1. 1214 S. Juniper St.- (2) new 4th story roof access structures with (2) new roof decks; replace existing curb cut and create (2) interior parking spaces; 6′ high fence; to be used as 2 family dwelling (previously approved) with storage on a portion of 1st floor (previously approved) in R10-A. Refused for use as 2-family, exceeding maximum height, and # of stories. The parking spaces require a certificate from the ZBA.

Voted in non-opposition unanimously. Please note that the 2-family dwelling had already been approved. This case was only to seek approval for the height and number of stories.

2. 1243 S. 7th St. -erection of (4) story structure with cellar, roof deck, and rear balconies at 2nd & 3rd floors. To be used as a single family dwelling in R10-A (single family). Refused for open area, height, and # of stories.

Voted in non-opposition unanimously. Neighbors on the side street behind this property (Sheridan Street) had expressed concerned about sunlight blockage. Applicant agreed to pursue some kind of translucent wall for the rear parapet wall around the roof deck.

3. 1422 S. 9th: Legalization of a two-family dwelling. Refused for two-family use in single-family use (R10-A) zoning district.

Voted in opposition unanimously. The ZBA hearing for this property was on September 14. We will update with the outcome from that hearing when we get it.

4. 1157 S 12th: 3-family dwelling. Refused for 3-family use in single-family use (R10-A) zoning district.

Voted in opposition unanimously. ZBA hearing for this property had been September 13 but was continued in order to grant PSCA time to hear the case.

5. 1437 E. Passyunk Ave.: Seeking variance for use as a bakery. Refused because property is zoned single family (R10-A) and use as commercial property (bakery) not allowed.

Voted in non-opposition unanimously.

The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make any final decisions on these zoning applications, but we do send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Those letters outline the neighbors’ thoughts on the application and the Zoning Committee’s decision either to oppose or not oppose the proposal. Check out Passyunk.org for more information following the meeting about how the board voted and information about the ZBA hearing dates for these cases.

Zoning Committee meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at S.P.O.A.C.

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