A new version of a 50-year-old zoning code in Philadelphia will change the development process for everyone, from large-scale property developers to homeowners.
The new version of the zoning code goes into effect Wednesday.
The city says it is designed to "preserve the past and anticipate the future" by transforming the way developers and community groups work together on projects.
Among the changes, the new code language would reduce the number of zoning classifications, incorporate a civic design review process, and establish the role of the community in the zoning approval process.
"The new code will make it easier for developers to get projects moving and create jobs, and it will provide a real path for citizens to become involved in the growth of their neighborhoods," Mayor Michael Nutter said in a statement.
"This is an historic achievement, and the credit belongs to the many ordinary citizens and neighborhood groups who worked with us to produce a code that will stand the test of time."
Philadelphia city council members voted unanimously to adopt the Zoning Code Commission's rewrite, with Mayor Nutter signing it into law in December 2011.
Members of the ZCC say the new version of the city's zoning code will help to attract businesses.
The city has added the zoning code language on the American Legal Publishing Corporation website.