Policy 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.

Background Information

State Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Name Philadelphia
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Creates an exemption
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

See language regarding store entrance accessibility. § 14-603(7).

Health-related goal?

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

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).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

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.

Includes definitions?


Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

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).