Shopping Center Ruling Upends Pa. Zoning Law, Group Says

Law360, Philadelphia (October 1, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT) -- A civic association told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday that the appellate decision upholding a use variance for a planned shopping center along a historically industrial corridor had bypassed precedent, which required zoning boards to issue the minimum variance needed.

The South of South Street Neighborhood Association argued in a brief that the state’s Commonwealth Court decision, which found that the industrial zoning of a one-block parcel in South Philadelphia effectively prevented the parcel's development, skirted a legal requirement that applicants prove the sought-after use...
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