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Philadelphia, Pa., Code, § 14-603(7) (current through May 7, 2019)
Brief Summary
This law relaxes zoning height, floor area, lot coverage and parking requirements for fresh food markets that meet certain accessibility requirements for entrance door placement and have at least 1,200 sq ft. of gross floor dedicated to fresh food market retail use.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Creates an exemption.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Philadelphia
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. See language regarding store entrance accessibility. § 14-603(7).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Language in the purpose statement for the Zoning and Planning Title of the Code relates to promoting "growth and economic development by... removing barriers to enable responsible development to proceed 'as of right.'" This ordinance seemingly does that by relaxing zoning height, floor area, lot coverage and parking requirements for qualifying fresh food markets. §§ 14-101, 14-603(7).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. This zoning code "is enacted to guide the land use and development of the City and in so doing, promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of its citizens and visitors. The provisions of the Zoning Code are designed to achieve [the goals of promoting sound planning principles, sustainable and environmentally responsible practices, growth and economic development, and fair and consistent procedures]." "With these goals in mind, the members of the Zoning Code Commission intend for this to be a living document that will propel the City of Philadelphia to a higher quality of life." § 14-101.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. §14-200.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
This section is located in Title 14 - Zoning and Planning, Chapter 14-600 - Use Regulations. History: Amended by Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017).