The Fishtown Neighbors Association Zoning Committee is a neutral body that solicits input from the community about proposed development projects, facilitates communication between developers and residents, and provides the community's input to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustments, which has the final say.
are held for developers to present projects that require a zoning variance to Fishtown residents. All Fishtown homeowners, tenants, and business owners are eligible to vote. (To see if you live in Fishtown, click here.) The votes of residents who live within 500 feet of the project are tallied and reported separately from those of the community at large.
To vote at the Community Meeting, bring a photo ID with a Fishtown address (or a picture ID along with a piece of mail). It’s a good idea to arrive early to ensure a smooth meeting check-in. All meeting attendees eligible to vote will receive a ballot. You do not need to be a member of the FNA to vote.
After the neighbors vote on a project, the results are sent by letter to the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) for consideration during the applicant’s zoning hearing. Fishtown’s vote is not binding; the ZBA has the final word on which projects are approved.
are held to hear preliminary information from developers on their applications for zoning variances and to schedule applicants’ appearance before the community. THERE ARE NO VOTES AT ZONING COMMITTEE MEETINGS. Zoning Committee meetings are held on the first three Tuesdays of every month, depending on the number of projects on the calendar.
All community and committee meetings are advertised in the local newspapers, on local websites, and through the FNA’s e-mail alerts. They are also listed on the events calendar.
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