When WICA is designated as the coordinating Registered Community Organization (RCO) by City Council in matters related to zoning variance requests, our Zoning Committee facilitates public zoning meetings in which applicants seeking zoning variances present their plans and gather public feedback in advance of presenting their project before the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA).The WICA Zoning Committee also facilitates neighborhood land-use planning functions, such as zoning remapping of Wissahickon proper and the Ridge Avenue corridor in Wissahickon, and the development of a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay to define design criteria for new developments. These planning functions are performed in concert with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and our district Councilmember Curtis Jones, Jr.
If you are intending to undertake a development in Wissahickon, we encourage you to contact our Zoning Committee Chair through our Contact Us Form.
Zoning Review Process
Developers must apply to Licenses & Inspections (L&I) for a zoning permit that authorizes construction. L&I reviews the construction plans for compliance with Philadelphia zoning regulations. If the plans are not in compliance, L&I issues a refusal. Zoning refusals may be appealed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) for a variance or special exception.
Before a developer can present his appeal before the ZBA, he is required to present his plans at a Public Meeting at a Registered Community Organization (RCO) such as WICA.
ZBA Hearings are open to the public. Organizations such as WICA may choose to send a letter of support, non-opposition or opposition to the ZBA, and they may testify at the hearing to present their position. Any member of the public is also free to send letters expressing their position and they are also free to testify at the ZBA hearings.
Letters to the ZBA should be addressed as follows:
Frank DiCicco, Chairman
Zoning Board of Adjustment
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Municipal Services Building, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1687