Bustleton Civic to discuss zoning

Mem­bers of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League will talk about zon­ing code changes, hear from three City Coun­cil can­did­ates and dis­cuss their or­gan­iz­a­tion’s bylaws dur­ing their meet­ing at 7:30 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 26, at Temple Beth Ami on Old Bustleton Av­en­ue.

Eva Gold­stein, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Zon­ing Code Com­mis­sion, will up­date mem­bers on the com­mis­sion’s re­com­men­ded changes to the city’s zon­ing code. The re­vi­sion of the city code, the first in dec­ades, is now in the hands of City Coun­cil. The code, which reg­u­lates land use with­in Phil­adelphia, has been re­vised, Gold­stein told mem­bers earli­er this year, to make it easi­er to un­der­stand, easi­er to use and easi­er to en­force.

Re­pub­lic­ans Al Tauben­ber­ger and Mi­chael Un­ter­mey­er, both at-large can­did­ates, and Demo­crat Bill Ru­bin, who is chal­len­ging in­cum­bent City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.), will ad­dress mem­bers.

How the civic league gov­erns it­self — its bylaws — will be de­bated, too. At is­sue is who is eli­gible to cast votes on is­sues be­fore the mem­ber­ship. Right now, a Bustleton res­id­ent can join the or­gan­iz­a­tion, pay dues and vote the same night. Some oth­er North­east Phil­adelphia civic groups put re­stric­tions on how soon a mem­ber may vote.

The Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation, for ex­ample, won’t al­low a mem­ber to vote un­less he is up-to-date on dues and has at­ten­ded four of the pre­vi­ous six monthly ses­sions. Oth­er groups have no vot­ing re­stric­tions and don’t col­lect dues. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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