Weekly Update November 10-17

 Council sets 50-foot stream buffer citywide

City Counil’s Rules Committee accepted Councilman Bobby Henon’s amendments to Bill No. 120654,and recommended the bill favorably. The amended bill includes a citywide buffer of 50 feet, with certain marine-related uses allowed by right within the setback.  The most significant change from the most recent previous version of the stream buffer legislation is the removal of a provision which would have allowed existing buildings within the 50-foot buffer to expand parallel to the bank. That provision would have applied, for example, a 20 foot buffer to any parcel with a building 20 feet from a stream or river bank, thus allowing existing buildings to grow within the buffer.

Henon’s office led a series of negotiations that led to the compromise, and which included members of the Planning Commission, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, PennFuture, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, among others.

See:  http://planphilly.com/compromise-council-sets-50-foot-stream-buffer-citywide

 

 

The most significant change from the most recent previous version of the stream buffer legislation is the removal of a provision which would have allowed existing buildings within the 50-foot buffer to expand parallel to the bank. That provision would have applied, for example, a 20 foot buffer to any parcel with a building 20 feet from a stream or river bank, thus allowing existing buildings to grow within the buffer.