Philly Zoning Council approves development despite opposition from Gauthier
“There is a group of concerned neighbors who, regardless of the concessions made by the plaintiff, do not want to see any development on the property,” wrote Shawn Markovich, member of Cedar Parks Neighbors. “It’s just not an option – the owner has made it clear that the property will be developed.”
Without the exemption, Gelley would only be allowed to build 28 duplexes with no affordability restrictions under current zoning laws.
At least 600 people have signed a petition against the project. Gauthier, a member of the city council for the first time with a background in town planning, said that this “overshadows all other zoning related issues that we have encountered.”
On March 24, the Southwest Philadelphia District Services RCO held a community vote where the vote was against Project 65-4.
Of the public testimonies that night, 17 people were in favor of the project, while 23 called to oppose it.
Michael Ross, RCO president of Southwest Philadelphia District Services, tried to testify but did not do so after Brett Feldman, Gelley’s attorney, said he lived in Pottstown.
Jillian Jetton, who testified against the project due to density issues, said she would be fine with duplexes instead of apartment building because “law houses will have a lot less impact. about our neighborhood and affordability “.
However, Jetton was in the minority. Many dissidents were against the project and the idea of more duplexes.