2017 April Variance Votes

Variance Request: 3513 Ainslie Street Attached Single Family to Two-Family

Applicant is requesting a variance to change their three story attached single family dwelling to a two family dwelling.  Zoning Denial here.

Resulting Vote is:

Variance Request: 3232 Henry Avenue (“EPPI” site) into senior housing (and dog park)

The owner, New Courtland Elder Services, is seeking a variance to convert this site into senior housing, along with community oriented gardens and dog park.  Their refusal can be found here . Here are renderings and site plans.

Resulting Vote is:

2017 January Variance Votes

How Development & EFDC Joint Project Parking Lot
How Properties & EFDC request a variance to allow a public-private parking lot partnership at 4422-24 Ridge Avenue.
See Plan Here
We reviewed information as provided by Gina Snyder of East Falls Development Corporation (EFDC).
Resulting Vote is:
As a result, East Falls Forward will be recommending approval of the variance.
U-Haul Proposal
U-Haul requests a variance due to changes in zoning at 2801 West Hunting Park Avenue.
Their description:
“Over the past year, U-Haul has completed substantial repairs to the former Tastycake Building. A portion of the first floor has been approved for a customer service area, retail sale of moving supplies and accessory office. Now, U-Haul proposes to use the fourth floor and sixth floors for self-storage units. The fourth floor will be heated; the sixth floor will be climate-controlled. An unexpected, recent change in the uses that are allowed in the CMX-3 Zoning District requires a variance for the proposed self-storage.”
We reviewed information as provided by Secretary Steve Fillmore.
Resulting Vote is:
As a result, East Falls Forward will be recommending approval of the variance.

Traffic and Parking Survey

East Falls Forward would like to take a look at our neighborhood’s traffic and parking needs, habits, and expectations — plus, provide Fallsers an opportunity to express their opinions on Henry Avenue, speed bumps, bike lanes, permit parking, and more.
We’ve put together an informal survey, where neighbors can chime in anonymously online. Results will be posted here & shared with PennDOT and EFCC’s Traffic Committee. Thanks for taking the time to help make East Falls awesome for all of us. Survey begins below —  …

Wissahickon Brewing Company’s Tasting Room

The article in the following link details the Wissahickon Brewing Company’s Tasting Room plans: http://www.eastfallslocal.com/tasters-choice/
East Falls Forward recommends approval of the request for zoning variance for the tasting room, without restriction on the business. We will, as always, provide and stand by the results of the vote of our members.
Resulting Vote is:
 – 99.7% (362 votes) Yes, I approve of the request for variance for tasting room.
– 0.0% (0 votes) I Approve with Modifications.
– 0.3% (1 vote) No, I do not approve the request for variance.
As a result, East Falls Forward will be recommending approval of the variance without restriction.
PS Know others who want their voice heard in East Falls? Share this link: http://eastfallsforward.org/join-east-falls-forward/

4442 Ridge Ave Vote

Letter to Civic Board
Do we send the following letter to the Civic Board:
96% (26 votes): Yes, I vote this letter be sent.
– 4% (1 vote): 
Suggestions are all around follow on actions we plan on taking as an RCO
We are pleased to share the results of the Philadelphia RCO (registered community organization) East Falls Forward’s vote and recommendation regarding 4442 Ridge Avenue. East Falls Forward, in a straight democratic vote of membership, voted as referenced above to acknowledge How Properties commitment to working with the community and garnering and adhering to feedback, including a meeting with and presentation to RCO East Falls Forward membership.
We are hopeful that the evolution of the design of the building will continue with additional feedback, and expect that How Properties will continue its good faith efforts to rally support through consistent and transparent communication with the East Falls RCOs Membership.
Thank you for your consideration and service.
Civic Design Review Board Application Link

May 2016 Voting Results

Do you approve of Zoning Appeal #27634 for 4300 Ridge Ave, otherwise known temporarily as Ridge Flats?
98% (49 votes): Yes, I approve the request for variances.
– 2% (1 vote): No, I do not approve the request for variances.

Call To Action!

Say it loud and say it proud!

In order to be effective, it will require our Councilman, to whom we make recommendations as a community, to take our voices seriously and act on those recommendations. To that end, below is a link to which I’m requesting you consider emailing the following (or something you prefer):

Dear Councilman Jones,
 I am a member of the Registered Community Organization East Falls Forward in your District. We are eager and excited to move our community FORWARD, beyond the challenges for which our community has become known.
 We're growing our membership rapidly, and vote on issues democratically.
 We ask that you act in accordance with our votes and welcome you to our next meeting, April 21st, 2016 at 6:30 at BuLogics on Midvale.
 Thank you,

March 2016 Voting Results

1. Proposal to rezone St. Bridget’s to CMX-3 (currently RSA-5)
60% / 29 votes: Do NOT rezone St. Bridget’s. Keep RSA-5.
– 40% / 19 votes: Do rezone St. Bridget’s to CMX-3.
2. Proposal to rezone the undeveloped PHA/Pennrose property on Ridge to CMX-3 (currently RM-2)
83% / 40 votes: Do rezone the undeveloped PHA/Pennrose property on Ridge to CMX-3.
– 17: / 8 votes: Do NOT rezone the undeveloped PHA/Pennrose property on Ridge to CMX-3. Keep RM-2.
3. Proposal to rezone to 4142-52 Ridge to RM-1 (currently CMX-2.5)
77% / 37 votes: Do NOT rezone to 4142-52 Ridge to RM-1. Keep CMX-2.5.
– 23% / 11 votes: Do rezone to 4142-52 Ridge to RM-1.
94% / 45 votes: Approve Philadelphia University’s Institutional Plan.
– 6% / 3 votes: Do NOT approve Philadelphia University’s Institutional Plan.

Minding our business! An open letter from our Chair

 EF Collage.Seasons
Re: Open Letter to Makers, Innovators, Developers, Builders, and Business Owners.
To Whom It May Concern:
You may not yet have heard our new East Falls motto. That’s a shame, because it’s meant for you. “East Falls is Open!” –For living, dining, education -­‐and business!
In order to make sure that you are warmly shepherded through the process of making your dreams come true with East Falls, we invite you to meet us, March 24th on Thursday evening at 6:30pm.

Next meeting: Thursday March 24

Learn more about proposed zoning changes and make your voice heard at the next EFF meeting:
Thursday 3/24/16 6:30pm (this is a fourth Thursday and not our usual third Thursday because we don’t want to compete with St. Patrick, did we?!)

We’ll have beverages and snacks — feel free to sign-up on Slack or email Felicite to bring either.
**Invite your friends**  (they’ll love us!)