Zoning and Planning

Zoning and Planning

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: Our December 13th meeting has been cancelled. Planning Committee meetings will resume in January.

January 10th           February 14th           March 14th

April 11th               May 9th

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.

The following zoning meeting agenda is TENTATIVE. Please confirm by contacting PCDC at 215-922-2156.


  1. Address: 1225 Vine Street

Appeal #: 28665                             Permit #: 702501

Appeal Type: Use Variance

Scheduled Hearing Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 2pm

Proposal: Permit to erect an illuminated sign at the rooftop level for a visitor’s accommodation.


  1. Address: 1022 Wood Street

Appeal #: 28249                              Permit #: 669302

Appeal Type: Use Variance

Scheduled Hearing Time: Tuesday, January 31, 2016, 9:30am

Proposal: Permit to create one lot from three deeded parcels, for the complete demolition of existing site, and for the erection of an attached building with accessible rooftop for household living for 15 families.


Previously presented cases:

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.

Decision: N/A

Note: Attendees had concerns and applicant has agreed to continue zoning hearing in January.


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.

Decision: N/A

Note: Attendees had concerns and will communicate further with applicant to resolve.