Zoning and Policy

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Zoning & Policy

 

Here we grow again.

 

New zoning brings a vibrant new feel to City Ave. It encourages pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use development.

 

It also means more, new, better. City Ave will continue to have more street-level retail storefronts, more residential options, new public plazas and higher-quality office space.

 

How did we make it happen? The City Ave District worked in partnership with the City of Philadelphia to pass a zoning overlay in 2009 and Lower Merion Township to pass a rezoning ordinance in April 2012, continuing the transformation of the area.

 

The new zoning ordinance that permits higher density, mixed-use development means we’ll continue to be more pedestrian-friendly.

 

There will be more access to retail stores and businesses.

 

City Ave is already great and it’s going to get better.

 

Specifically, the new zoning:

 

  • Allows residential, institutional and commercial use in close proximity.

 

  • Incentivizes structured parking vs. vast surface lots.

 

  • Creates higher quality office space for businesses that want to be near Center City while avoiding congestion.

 

  • Encourages improvements to retail storefronts, attracting high-end retail.

 

  • Increases building FAR, lot coverage and building height.

 

  • Reduces required parking while encouraging features such as plazas, structured parking and underground parking.

 

  • Makes sidewalks wider and requires street landscaping.

 

  • Creates better pedestrian connections between sidewalks and buildings.

 

If you’re a real estate broker or developer interested in the City Ave area, contact Terrence Foley, President of the City Ave District at tfoley@cityave.org or 610.747.0311