(PHILADELPHIA) May 17, 2018 – Today, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (At Large) introduced legislation to amend Title 14 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Zoning and Planning,” to revise certain provisions of Chapter 14-600, entitled “Use Regulations,” by amending exceptions to use tables for green roofs and making related changes, all under certain terms and conditions.
In December 2015, Philadelphia City Council passed a bill that Councilwoman Reynolds Brown introduced to provide for a special density bonus for buildings with green roofs. The legislation allowed for density zoning bonuses in new buildings, but not in existing or expanded buildings.
The legislation introduced today would expand eligibility for the green roof density bonus to all buildings with a footprint above 5,000 square feet, regardless of whether they are new or existing buildings.
“Councilwoman Reynolds Brown’s proposed amendment to the green roof density bill to include existing buildings is another step in the right direction,” said Jim Maransky, President, Building Industry Association of Philadelphia. “Since these structures are already existing, there is little to no chance of the parcel becoming storm water managed or ‘green’. This inclusion into the green roof density bonus will now provide that opportunity. I am personally thrilled with the manner in which the Councilwoman continues to make improvements to increase sustainable construction in the City.”
“This legislation simply levels the playing field,” said Councilwoman Reynolds Brown. “By including existing and expanded buildings into the green roof density bill, we are encouraging sustainable builders to not only construct new buildings that put sustainability and the environment at the forefront, but rethink how current structures can be more sustainable and eco-friendly as well. All of these types of measures are intended to grow a greener Philadelphia.”
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