(1)   General.
(a)   Districts.
(.1)   List.
The City's Commercial and Commercial Mixed-Use zoning districts are listed in Table 14-402-1, below. When this Zoning Code refers to "Commercial" zoning districts, it is referring to all of these districts as of the effective date of this Zoning Code.
Table 14-402-1: Commercial and Commercial Mixed-Use Districts 249.1
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Map Symbol
District Name
Previously Known As
CMX-1
Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use-1
C-1
CMX-2
Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use-2
C-2
RC-1
RC-2
OC
CMX-2.5
Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use-2.5
Various special district controls
CMX-3
Community Commercial Mixed-Use
C-3
RC-3
CMX-4
Core Commercial Mixed-Use
C-4
CMX-5
Center City Core Commercial Mixed-Use
C-5
CA-1
Auto-Oriented Commercial-1
C-7
NSC
CA-2
Auto-Oriented Commercial-2
ASC
 
Eliminated >>
C-6
 
(.2)   Map Symbols.
(.a)   The alphanumeric map symbols are intended to provide a general, relative indication of the range of uses and activities allowed within the respective districts. "CMX" is used to indicate a mixed-use zoning district that is intended to accommodate both commercial and non-commercial development. "CA" is used to indicate zoning districts primarily intended to accommodate auto-oriented commercial development. 249.2
(.b)   The numeral following the dash in the Commercial district map symbols is a relative indicator of the density/intensity or use, with a "1" indicating the lowest density/intensity/use option.
(b)   Purposes.
Philadelphia's commercial zoning districts are primarily intended to accommodate and promote neighborhood-, community- and region-serving commercial uses, as well as mixed-use development consisting of commercial and residential uses in the same building or on the same site. This type of mixed-use development is encouraged in many areas of the City because it reflects the City's traditional urban, pedestrian-oriented character. Encouraging residential development in Commercial zoning districts also provides increased housing choice and reduces motorized transportation demands. The Commercial districts are distinguished primarily on the basis of allowed uses and commercial floor area limits. In the event of a conflict between any provision of this § 14-402 (Commercial and Commercial Mixed-Use Districts) and any other provision of this Zoning Code, the latter shall govern.
(c)   Descriptions.
(.1)   CMX-1, Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use District.
The CMX-1, Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use district is primarily intended to accommodate low-impact, small-scale, neighborhood-serving retail and service uses in storefront buildings, as well as the types of residential uses allowed in surrounding zoning districts.
(.2)   CMX-2, Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use District-2. 250
The CMX-2, Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use district is primarily intended to accommodate active commercial and mixed-use development, including neighborhood-serving retail and service uses. The range of allowed uses is broader than the CMX-1 district.
(.3)   CMX-2.5, Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use District-2.5. 251
The CMX-2.5, Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use district is primarily intended to accommodate active commercial and mixed-use development, including pedestrian-friendly retail and service uses in commercial nodes and along commercial corridors. The range of allowed uses is slightly narrower than the CMX-2 district and the development standards are intended to promote a pedestrian-oriented environment.
(.4)   CMX-3, Community Commercial Mixed-Use District. 252
The CMX-3, Community Commercial Mixed-Use district is primarily intended to accommodate active commercial and mixed-use development, including community- and region-serving retail and service uses. The range of allowed uses is broader than the CMX-1 and CMX-2 districts.
(.5)   CMX-4, Core Commercial Mixed-Use District. 252.1
The CMX-4, Core Commercial Mixed-Use district is primarily intended to accommodate mixed-use development, including a broad range of nonresidential uses, in the core of high-density commercial and mixed-use areas.
(.6)   CMX-5, Center City Core Commercial Mixed-Use District.
The CMX-5, Center City Core Commercial Mixed-Use district is primarily intended to accommodate mixed-use development in the central core area of center City.
(.7)   CA-1 and CA-2, Auto-Oriented Commercial Districts.
The primary purpose of the CA-1 and CA-2, Auto-Oriented Commercial districts is to accommodate a very broad range of uses, often in the physical form of shopping centers and other destination-oriented uses in which a large percentage of customers will arrive by automobile.

 

Notes

249.1
   Amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
249.2
   Amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
250
   Amended, Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017).
251
   Amended, Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017).
252
   Amended, Bill No. 161003-A (approved May 8, 2017).
252.1
   Amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).