Philadelphia, April 6, 2012 – This week, the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Pennsylvania presented Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger and Eva Gladstein, Deputy Director of the City Planning Commission and former Executive Director of the Zoning Code Commission, with the President’s Award on behalf of the Zoning Code Commission. This award is presented in recognition of special contributions or support of the profession, the business of architecture or the built environment in Pennsylvania. In December, Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed legislation that comprehensively rewrites and modernizes Philadelphia’s zoning code for the first time in fifty years.
“Deputy Mayor Greenberger and Eva Gladstein gave many hours and a tremendous amount of effort, creativity and enthusiasm to the zoning code reform, and I am delighted that they are being recognized for their work,” said Mayor Nutter. “AIA is a respected architecture organization, which advances sustainable, responsible planning in Philadelphia and has been a great partner in our efforts for the new Zoning Code, Philadelphia2035 and the Citizens Planning Institute. I’d like to thank them for recognizing this great work, which will positively impact Philadelphians for generations.”
John Claypool, Executive Director of AIA Philadelphia added, “AIA Philadelphia is proud to recognize Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, a former President of the Chapter, and Eva Gladstein, Deputy Director of the City Planning Commission on the receipt of this prestigious award for their work to create a new Zoning Code. Their open, professional and inspired work will serve the design and development of the City for many years.”
The Zoning Code codifies the City’s development regulations and sets expectations regarding land use. The new zoning code includes changes to the City’s development regulations and approval procedures such as:
• Making the zoning code more user-friendly;
• Reducing number of zoning classifications;
• Incorporating a civic design review process; and
• Establishing the role of citizens in the zoning approval process.