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Land Bank Deal in Philadelphia City Council Could Make Underutilized Properties Available for Redevelopment

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Thousands of underutilized properties in the City of Philadelphia could be made available for redevelopment in the future thanks to an eleventh-hour compromise on the pending Philadelphia Land Bank bill.  The Land Bank bill is intended to streamline the process for getting blighted properties out of the hands of absentee owners (or the City itself)… Continue Reading

Philadelphia Land Bank Moves Closer to Reality

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On October 28, 2013, an amended version of Philadelphia’s Land Bank bill (Bill No. 130156, introduced March 7, 2013, as amended October 28, 2013) was approved by the Public Property and Public Works Committee of Philadelphia City Council on a 6-1 vote.  It now heads to the full Council for a vote.  Philadelphia has over 40,000 vacant… Continue Reading

What Developers Should Know About DVRPC’s Updated Comprehensive Plan

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  Last week, I attended the April meeting of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Environmental Justice Work Group. DVRPC staff presented an overview of its updated comprehensive plan, Connections 2040, which contained eye-opening information that is relevant to developers throughout the Delaware Valley. Holding all else equal – that is, absent implementation of the… Continue Reading

PADEP’s New Permit Decision Guarantee Offers Opportunities Among Challenges

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On November 3, 2012, PADEP published notice of final new guidance for its revamped Permit Decision Guarantee Policy, which restructures the environmental permitting process. Last week, Joel highlighted the way the new Permit Decision Guarantee Policy interacts with the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory review; this week, I’m going to discuss how the Permit Decision Guarantee Policy interacts with the… Continue Reading