Zoning and Planning

Below are the current and upcoming zoning matters within the Chinatown district. Zoning matters are presented to the community first, through public RCO meetings, before they are heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). Please feel free to attend an RCO meeting or ZBA hearing regarding any matter of interest. All ZBA hearings are held at One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor.

PCDC’s Planning Committee meets at 6pm on the second Tuesday of each month as the Registered Community Organization (RCO) for the boundaries of 8th to 13th Street, Filbert to Spring Garden Street. The next meetings are as follows:

Please note the November zoning meeting has been moved from November 8th and will be held at a new location for this date. The new meeting date is Monday, November 14th at 7pm due to Election Day and will be held at Azavea’s offices at 990 Spring Garden Street. This is a joint zoning meeting with RCO Callowhill Neighborhood Association.


11/14/2015             12/13/2015             1/10/2017
2/14/2017              3/14/2017              4/11/2017


The following zoning meeting agenda is TENTATIVE and will be confirmed on PCDC’s website.

  1. Address: 430 N 9th St, 432 N 9th St, 434-36 N 9th St, 438 N 9th St, 440 N 9th St, 442 N 9th St, 444 N 9th St
    Appeal #: 28604 Permit #: 706257

Appeal Type: Zoning Variance, Use Variance

Scheduled Hearing Time:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 1pm
Proposal: Permit to create three unit attached structures with roof decks for multi-family household living, with some design variations, from seven OPA accounts. Please see listing for details.


  1. Address: 1200 Spring Garden St

Appeal #: 29101                     Permit #: 684403

Appeal Type: Zoning Variance, Use Variance

Scheduled Hearing Time: To be determined

Proposal: Application is for lumber yard (equipment and material storage yards and building) and retail sale of building materials (building supplies and equipment). Use prohibited in this zoning district.


Previously presented cases:

Address: 225 N. 13th Street
Appeal #: N/A            Permit #: 702417
Appeal Type: N/A      Scheduled Hearing Time: N/A

Proposal: Permit for legalization of an existing open air non accessory surface parking lot for 60 vehicles (valet parking only).

Decision: Support with provisos


Address: 800 Race Street
Appeal #: 28684          Permit #: 707726

Appeal Type: Use Variance

Scheduled Hearing Time: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 3pm
Proposal: Permit for the removal of all signage on the structure and for the erection of four projection signs accessory to existing use of the College of Podiatric Medicine.

Decision: Non-opposition


Address: 801 Cherry Street
Appeal #: 28787          Permit #: 712281

Appeal Type: Use Variance

Scheduled Hearing Time: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 3pm
Proposal: For the erection of one double-faced, accessory, statically-illuminated, projecting sign accessory to an existing educational facility and hospital.

Decision: Non-opposition


Address: 1022 Wood Street
Appeal #: 28249
Permit #: 669302         Appeal Type: Use Variance
Scheduled Hearing Time: Tuesday, 11/15 time not yet available
Proposal: Permit to create one lot from three deeded parcels and the complete demolition of the existing site for the erection of an attached building for use as household living for 15 families.

Decision: Opposed