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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

PADEP’s Permit Review Process Public Participation Policy … It’s Back?

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Following up on my posts of February 7, 2013 and November 28, 2012, the agenda for next week’s meeting of the Pennsylvania DEP’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board includes a scheduled discussion of the status of the Department’s draft Permit Review Process Public Participation Policy.  After I return from the meeting next week, I’ll provide an… 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

Bill to Allow Fracking with Mine Influenced Waters Clears PA Senate Committee

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Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Senate Environment Resources and Energy Committee took up Senate Bill No. 411, designed to foster the use of mine influenced water for hydraulic fracturing and other gas well development. The bill, originally proposed by Senator Richard Kasunic, was unanimously approved by the committee and can now move on to the full… Continue Reading

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT UPCOMING CHANGES TO PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FOR PERMITS IN PA

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Updating my November 28, 2012 post, the Department is in the process of finalizing updated guidance for its policy covering public participation in the permit review process. The existing policy, Document ID 012-0900-003 (PDF copy here), was last updated in July 2005. At the February 5, 2013 meeting of the Environmental Justice Advisory Board, staff from the Department’s… Continue Reading

New TMDL Waivers and Vineyards

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The TMDL regulatory scheme is taking hold in many sectors of our country. In fact, even the wine growing industry in Napa and Sonoma Valleys are being impacted by proposed regulations.  If interested (and yes, Pennsylvania has a growing wine industry too), see Philip Hinerman’s recent post at Fox Rothschild’s Legal Tastings blog.  

PA EHB Goes Electronic

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The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board is proposing amendments to its Rules of Practice and Procedure to keep it in step with most county and federal courts in the Commonwealth.  At long last, the EHB is adopting a mandatory electronic filing process.  In the past, the EHB judges would discuss electronic filing in their initial case… 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