Registered Community Organization

Old City District serves as the local Registered Community Organizations (RCO), as recognized by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. The RCO reviews zoning applications for projects proposed within our geographic boundaries, once an application has been submitted to the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I), as prescribed by the zoning code of Philadelphia.  This review may result in a position letter sent to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). The RCO meets on the third Wednesday of the month, as needed.

Old City District Registered Community Organization Remote Meetings

Due to COVID-19, the Old City District RCO is currently holding RCO meetings remotely. Meetings will take place remotely at 5:15pm on the third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted. 

Members of the public who wish to attend the remote meeting must register in advance using a form that will be posted here in advance of the scheduled meeting. Registration must be submitted by no later than 3:00 PM the day of the scheduled meeting. Registrants will receive information on how to join and participate in the public meeting remotely prior to the meeting start time.

Structure of remote RCO meetings: 

  • The public will start out on mute.

  • OCD Staff will provide an overview of the meeting format and voting process. 

  • Presenters will verbally review their projects, and should use share screen to provide presentation visuals. 

  • OCD RCO Committee members will ask questions following each presentation. 

  • Following each presentation, public attendees can submit questions using the chat box function in Zoom, or can verbally ask questions by using the “raise your hand” feature in Zoom to ask to be unmuted. 

  • Voting will be held after all presentations are complete. OCD staff will send all attendees a form to submit their vote and any comments immediately following the meeting. The OCD RCO will only count votes from members of the public who register and attend the remote RCO meeting.

  • The OCD RCO Committee will deliberate and vote following the public meeting. Vote totals from committee members and the public will be submitted to the Zoning Board of Adjustment following the meeting, and the final vote totals will be posted on the OCD website.

This public remote meeting process is evolving, and OCD RCO welcomes feedback from applicants and attendees. Please email any feedback to [email protected].

Schedule an RCO review meeting

To discuss your project, schedule an RCO review meeting, or inquire further about the RCO process, please contact Old City District at [email protected], before or upon submission of your application to L&I. 

RCO Newsletter

If you would like to receive emails about upcoming Old City District RCO meetings, you can sign up for the Registered Community Organization email list at this link.

OCD RCO Meetings - 2023

January 18, 2023, 5:15pm, via Zoom

160-164 N 2nd Street:

  • Proposal: Application is for the suppression of one commercial space and the addition of an interior parking for three parking spaces. Other uses previously approved.
  • Reason for refusal: Whereas, in the CMX-3 zoning district, in order to promote active uses at the street level, buildings that have frontage on any of the following streets must contain a use other than residential and other than parking along one hundred percent (100%) of the ground floor frontage and within the first 30 ft. of building depth, measured from the front building line.

130 N 3rd Street:

  • Proposal: Application is for the erection of an attached structure with roof decks and with two pilothouses, walk out decks at the 1st and 5th floors, interior balconies at the 3rd thru 5th floors with four accessory parking garage with one accessible space for a commercial space and four dwelling units.
  • Reason for refusal: 

             Open Area (SF)

            Required: 20% of lot

            Proposed: 2.6% of lot

To register for the meeting, click here.