(3)   City Planning Commission.
(a)   General Authority. 138
The Commission is established by Sections 3-100 and 3-908 of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter and has those powers set forth in Article IV, Chapter 6 of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.
(b)   Authority for Final Action.
The Commission is responsible for final action regarding:
(.1)   A Comprehensive Plan for the City and amendments to that plan. See § 14-304(2) (Comprehensive and Other Plan Adoption).
(.2)   Other plans for specific areas, facilities, services, or aspects of development in the City, and amendments to those plans. See § 14-304(2) (Comprehensive and Other Plan Adoption).
(.3)   Minor Amendments to master plans in master plan districts. See § 14-304(4)(b) (Action by the Commission on Minor Amendments).
(.4)   Land subdivision plans. See § 14-304(7) (Subdivisions and Subdivision Plats).
(c)   Review and Prerequisite Approval Authority.
(.1)   The Commission provides prerequisite approvals for:
(.a)   Zoning permits regarding lot adjustments. See § 14-304(6) (Lot Adjustments).
(.b)   Building permits and certificates of occupancy for new uses and changes of use in the SP- ENT, Entertainment (Special Purpose) District with regards to site, building, and lighting design. See § 14-405(9)(a) (Review Procedure). 139
(.c)   Building permits regarding facades in certain subareas of the /CTR Overlay District. See § 14-502(8)(a) (Planning Commission Review).
(.d)   Building permits regarding facades in the Ridge Avenue /NCA Neighborhood Commercial Area Overlay district. See § 14-503(6)(c) (Facade Controls).
(.e)   Building permits in the /NCO Neighborhood Conservation Overlay district. See § 14-504(3) (Planning Commission Review).
(.f)   Screening for Wireless Service Facilities (Freestanding Towers) that does not conform to the list of trees recommended by the Commission. See § 14-603(16)(d) (Screening). 140
(.g)   Building permits regarding site layout and landscape plans in the /CAO, City Avenue Overlay district. See § 14-509(3)(r) (Development Design Standards).
(.h)   Zoning permits in the /WWO Wissahickon Watershed Overlay district. See § 14-510 (/WWO, Wissahickon Watershed Overlay District).
(.i)   Zoning permits regarding CMX-4 and CMX-5 lots subject to compliance with the sky plane controls of this Zoning Code. See § 14-701(5)(b) (Option A: Sky Plane Controls).
(.j)   Zoning permits regarding steep slopes. See § 14-704(2) (Steep Slope Protection).
(.k)   Certain zoning and building permits in the /CDO Central Delaware Overlay District. See § 14-507(12) (Optional Special Standards, Review, and Exemptions). 141
(.l)   Zoning permits regarding parking garages in RMX-3, CMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5 districts and parking garages of at least 250 parking spaces on lots in or adjacent to any other residential or commercial district. See § 14-803(4)(b)(.4) (Parking Garage Review). 142
(.m)   Zoning permits regarding landscape and screening for parking lots. See § 14-803(5) (Parking Landscape and Screening). 143
(.n)   Zoning permits regarding signs in the Market Street East Advertising District. See § 14-906 (Market Street East Sign Regulations 144 ). 145
(.o)   Zoning permits regarding properties bounded by two streets where the determination of primary frontage(s) or side and rear lot lines is necessary for L&I to approve or deny an application. See § 14-701(1)(d) (Requirements for Lots with Multiple Street Frontages). 146
(.p)   Zoning permits regarding properties located within Subarea C of the Main Street/Manayunk and Venice Island /NCA, Neighborhood Commercial Area Overlay District that abut the Schuylkill River. See § 14-503(4)(c)(.2)(.e). 146.1
(.q)   Building permits regarding developments earning a Public Space floor area or height bonus. See § 14-702(6) (Public Space). 146.2
(.r)   Zoning permits regarding properties that are covered by two or more zoning districts and that meet the criteria of § 14-107(2)(c). 146.3
(.2)   The Commission reviews and makes recommendations to the authority responsible for final action regarding:
(.a)   Amendments to the text of this Zoning Code or the official zoning map. See § 14-304(3) (Zoning Map and Text Amendments).
(.b)   Master plans and major amendments to master plans in master plan districts. See § 14-304(3)(e) (Special Provisions for Master Plan Districts) and § 14-304(4)(c) (Action by City Council on Major Amendments).
(.c)   Variances. See § 14-303(8) (Zoning Variances).
(.d)   Special exceptions. See § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval).
(.3)   The Commission may recommend, as appropriate, conditions consistent with § 14-303(9) (Conditions on Approvals) on the items set forth in § 14-301(3)(c)(.1) and § 14-301(3)(c)(.2) above.
(d)   Other Authority.
Other responsibilities of the Commission related to this Zoning Code include:
(.1)   Preparing proposed zoning ordinances and maps and amendments to zoning ordinances and maps for consideration by City Council. See Section 4-601 [renumbered to subsection 4-604(b)] of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.
(.2)   Preparing regulations governing the subdivision of land for consideration by City Council. See Section 4-603 [renumbered to subsection 4-604(d)] of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.
(.3)   Establishing and maintaining an annual registry of Registered Community Organizations. See § 14-303(11A) 147 (Registered Community Organizations).
(e)   Civic Design Review Committee.
(.1)   General Authority.
The Civic Design Review Committee is established pursuant to § 14-304(5)(a) (Civic Design Review Committee).
(.2)   Review Authority.
The Civic Design Review Committee reviews and makes advisory recommendations on zoning applications regarding developments requiring Civic Design Review under § 14-304(5) (Civic Design Review).

 

Notes

138
   Amended, Bill No. 120431 (approved June 27, 2012), effective August 22, 2012; amended, Bill No. 130764 (approved December 18, 2013); amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
139
   Amended, Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013).
140
   Deleted, Bill No. 120654 (approved December 11, 2012). Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013) purported to amend this subsection, but the subsection had already been deleted. Added, Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015).
141
   Deleted, Bill No. 180346-A (approved July 18, 2018); added, Bill No. 190811-A (approved December 30, 2019).
142
   Amended, Bill No. 150766 (approved December 8, 2015).
143
   Amended, Bill No. 150264 (approved June 16, 2015).
144
   Revised by Code editor to conform to section's caption.
145
   Amended, Bill No. 120774-A (approved January 14, 2013).
146
   Added, Bill No. 150766 (approved December 8, 2015); amended, Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017); amended, Bill No. 190380 (approved July 24, 2019).
146.1
   Added, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
146.2
   Added, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
146.3
   Added, Bill No. 210078-A (approved April 28, 2021).
147
   Cross reference had read § 14-303(12)(a); revised by Code editor to conform to Bill No. 130657 (approved January 31, 2014).