Phila Planning Commission: We're shutting down

This from exec director Alan Greenberger at the Planning Commission:

"I deeply regret to inform you that due to the ongoing delay by the General Assembly in Harrisburg in approving our necessary budget measures, the City of Philadelphia no longer has the funds to provide a full range of critical services, severely impacting our residents, businesses, and visitors.

"While we have been doing all we can to encourage swift action, without this State authorization to resolve our funding crisis, the City will be forced to discontinue operations and services at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission beginning Friday, October 2nd, 2009.

"As of this date, all City Planning Commission activity will cease, including subdivision, site plan, and environmental reviews; zoning remapping; redevelopment actions mandated by State Law; comprehensive and neighborhood planning; design review for building façades, above-ground parking garages, and Neighborhood Conservation Districts; and the other mapping and public information functions performed by the Commission.

"Even as we remain hopeful that the General Assembly will act, we wanted to notify you of this very possible outcome so that you can plan accordingly. Please understand that only immediate action by the Commonwealth would prevent some, if not full, disruption of services on October 2nd.

"If you have additional questions about changes to any city service, or want to keep informed about this situation, please contact Philly311 by dialing "3-1-1" from your phone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, email us at, or visit the City of Philadelphia at

"These are extraordinarily difficult times and I thank you for your cooperation and understanding."