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Zoning

More About Zoning & Planning

What is Zoning?

Zoning is the way cities regulate how properties are developed. Will your block have houses, apartment buildings, commercial space or a park? It all depends on Philadelphia’s Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment. 

You can make your voice heard about neighborhood development by working with your local Registered Community Organization (RCO). RCOs are given notice by the Planning Commission whenever developers in their area request a zoning variance or special exception, or when a proposed development will require a Civic Design Review. The RCO convenes a public meeting that the developers are required to attend before they can be heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA).

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Find Your Local RCO

Make your voice heard about neighborhood development by working with your local Registered Community Organization (RCO). Click the link below, enter your address, and select the “Zoning” tab from the menu.

Find Your RCO