archive-org.com » ORG » M » MANAYUNKCOUNCIL.ORG

Total: 186

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • MNC VI Sierra Letter
    s way directly in the path of future floods aggravate the problems that Manayunk must handle in times of flooding emergencies and increase the already heavy burdens on city state and federal taxpayers for flood damage relief and related public spending In addition approving these bills would forfeit the very significant opportunity that the City presently has to adopt a forward looking and creative comprehensive plan for Venice Island In our view such a plan should be respectful of the island s location in the floodplain of the Schuylkill River by providing for substantial floodplain restoration and dedicated open space It should also address the community s existing needs especially for improved traffic management Twenty years ago a forward thinking City government adopted restrictions on the types of development activities that could occur in the floodplain and in the floodway for the express purpose of ensuring proper protection of its citizens The City Council found that development along the existing rivers and creeks within the City of Philadelphia has led to increased flooding thereby endangering the loss of property and life creating health hazards and causing the expenditure of public funds for protection and relief To prevent such adverse conditions it is necessary to impose restrictions and regulations on development along rivers and creeks that are subject to flooding City Code and Home Rule Charter Title 14 Sec 1606 Now so soon after the major flooding brought on by Hurricane Floyd is not the time for the City to abandon that commitment Approving Bills 990760 and 990762 would do exactly that We believe it is important to draw your attention to an argument that was made during the Rules Committee s deliberations on these bills The point was made that if financial institutions are willing to back the projects proposed

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/VeniceIsland/venice-sierra.html (2016-04-26)
    Open archived version from archive

  • MNC VI Cinco Traffic
    a combined impact on the traffic in the Main St Umbria St and Green Lane Bridge corridors Connelly 270 units on Venice Island at Cotton Street under construction 2005 Namico 128 units on Venice Island at Flat Rock Rd Leverington Ave under construction 2005 Arroyo Carmella s 275 units on Venice Island between the Leverington and Green Lane Not yet submitted to zoning 100 Leverington Ave 56 units built 2001

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/VeniceIsland/traffic-cinco.html (2016-04-26)
    Open archived version from archive

  • FLOOD FACTS OF THE DAY
    during floods it will carry deep fast moving water Not just overflow The City Planning Commission dismissed Philadelphia s own floodplain controls ordinance 14 1606 by saying the they were forced to enact the controls by the Federal Government and that they should be interpreted differently than the way they were written There position also was that a later ordinance 14 1802 allowed them any variance to 14 1606 so long as it didn t change the 100 year flood level This interpretation is subject numerous objections BACKGROUND All of Venice Island is separated from the mainland by only three two lane bridges and a single one lane bridge There is no interconnection between these bridges This limited access has the potential for a catastrophe during the next flood There is a chance that residents could be swept down the river while trying to save their cars The possibilities for disaster are too numerous to list This zoning overlay would allow over 250 apartment units in an area with access being only the two lane bridge on Leverington Avenue This is the only evacuation route for residents and their cars This bridge is also the only access to Smurfit Stone a business that employs over 300 people During the flood of September 16 1999 trailers from Smurfit Stone were carried around the island The proposed zoning will allow a total of over 700 apartment units on the island Manayunk is the place to be these days and the developers are lining up So are the cars Residential use of the island may be very profitable to a few developers but it is the most dangerous and irresponsible use imaginable CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING Manayunk Neighborhood Council and Friends of the Manayunk Canal testified in opposition to rezoning Venice Island Our team was comprised of about 13 people residents of Manayunk and environmental professionals We waited from 9 A M till the bill came up at 2 30 P M Our testimony began after 5 00 P M and ended around 6 30 P M Council voted shortly thereafter Testimony in support of the zoning was given by the City Planning Commission Dan Neducsin the attorney for Dranoff Kay Smith of Manayunk Development Corporation and residents Ginger Restemeyer and Ed Weiner The City Planning Commission had on hand their lawyers and environmental expert Our professionals and residents gave absolutely remarkable and compelling testimony on why residential in the floodway was a very bad idea Our group consisted of our attorney Stanley Krakower Kathy Tomosky Manayunk Neighborhood Council MNC Liz Turella MNC Sally Willig Geologist Darlene Messina Friends of Manayunk Canal Robin Mann Sierra Club Wendy Lathrop Land Surveyor Amy Chorey East Falls Civic Ernest Cohen Engineer Dotti Burner Schuylkill Riverkeeper Hal Shrimer law student Jane Glenn MNC Regional Citizens Committee of the Delaware Valley Planning Regional Planning Commission and Kevin Smith local resident Ours was the last bill of the day Immediately after it they started taking votes on all the

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/VeniceIsland/venice-fact1.html (2016-04-26)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Flood Fact of the Day--#2 in a Series
    building residential buildings in a floodway probably because we shouldn t build residential units in a floodway Debris trapped against the pilings due to the swirling and turbulence can be repeatedly thrown against the pilings or the building for hours What s the design standard for that Debris can be multi ton trees blocks of ice or cars moving at 20 30 miles per hour and as we saw during Floyd tractor trailers Were a flood to exceed the 100 year level the force of the water being pushed down under the building is entirely different than the forces when water is simply flowing through and around the pilings What will happen then You are more than six time more likely to experience a 100 year flood than a fire Automobile insurance doesn t cover flood damage People do not behave responsibly during a crisis While one development proposes a pedestrian escape bridge from the second floor the route for vehicles takes them through rapidly flowing water Someone attempting to save their vehicle or property at the last minute could easily be swept into the river Two of the proposed developments will both exit over a single two lane bridge

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/VeniceIsland/venice-fact2.html (2016-04-26)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Flood Fact of the Day
    the most recent event and location of this property the Board should deny the application If this Board after full review of the testimony decides to grant the requested variances however then I strongly recommend that the Board consider including the following provisos 1 Applicant shall prepare engineering studies which demonstrate that the proposed development will not result in any increase in the flood levels and will not increase the danger of flooding Such studies shall be submitted to the Planning Commission for its review and approval prior to construction 2 Applicant shall secure any and all permits or authorizations required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the proposed development prior to construction 3 Applicant shall prepare in consultation with the City s Emergency Management Office Police and Fire Department an emergency evacuation plan prior to occupancy In summary I encourage the Board to refuse the application If the Board should approve the application I am requesting that my suggested provisos along with any other reasonable provisos offered by representatives of those neighborhood organizations adjacent to this site be conditions of your approval Thank you for your attention to this matter Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or desire further information Sincerely Michael A Nutter Councilman 4 th District Michael Nutter Opposes Development in the Floodway and Traffic Congestion On December 4 1996 a zoning variance was requested for 100 Leverington Avenue This is directly across the canal on the mainland from Dranaoff s proposed development at the Namico site on Venice Island The variance was opposed by Manayunk Development Corporation Manayunk Neighborhood Council Friends of the Manayunk Canal and Darlene Messina Michael Nutter testified in opposition to the zoning variance Quoting from the FINDINGS OF

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/VeniceIsland/venice-fact3.html (2016-04-26)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Trust Me
    Reform Act of 1994 that lenders have been subject to substantial enough penalties that they no longer can waive flood insurance purchase for properties in flood prone areas If it takes an act of Congress to force banks to ensure that properties securing loans are covered by flood insurance it should be clear that economic factors income from interest weigh more heavily than safety and common sense when it comes to lending decisions in flood prone areas So now the buck has been passed to the insurance companies and there is no reason to think them any more honorable than the banks Council should not pass the buck in protecting our residents and businesses but protect us as they were elected to do and not rely on others to cover their mistakes It is wrong to build residential in the floodway The banks won t do the right thing The insurance companies won t do the right thing Will City Council do the right thing Straw Men Burning A straw man argument is when one party in a debate raises a foolish point then proceeds to argue against it implying that they are arguing against their opponent Straw man one Several times during the hearing it was argued that the bill would not change or weaken the laws against building in the floodway So We didn t say they would We used the law and facts about how floods happen and what they can do to prove that residential is a terrible idea We do like the implication that these regulations are important necessary and protected Straw man two Several times during the hearing we were told these developments would not raise the 100 year flood level If they did they would be flat out incontrovertibly illegal and we wouldn

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/VeniceIsland/venice-fact4.html (2016-04-26)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Traffic? What Traffic?
    traffic at the Green Lane Bridge by 30 The intersections are already far beyond saturated and they are proposing to dump another 1000 or so cars into the morning rush hour The City Planning Commission CPC used Planning Analysis numbers to show that with FAR of 1 0 One square foot of floor space for each square foot of land the Main Street Leverington intersection would be at capacity REALITY CHECK Look at the real numbers from the Traffic and Parking Study Go stand at the intersection I guess a one mile backup is still below capacity Then having convinced themselves that a FAR of 1 0 would put the intersection at capacity they increased the FAR to 1 35 pushing the intersection over capacity even in their paper world While admitting that there was more congestion in the weekday mornings the CPC chose Saturday afternoon for their analysis because that is the traffic period for which the most complete traffic counts are available CPC dismissed the morning backup because it was caused by backups from the other end of the bridge and by further concluding that this was a condition which should be improved in the near future by traffic signalization changes there So while they expect signalization changes to improve the condition they do not suggest that the congestion will be eliminated or even significantly reduced And finally they point out that residential use generates three times as many trips as light industrial Commercial recreational cultural and light industrial were the preferred uses in Manayunk Neighborhood Council s draft plan And finally some points to ponder Toffey William E Philadelphia s River Resources Philadelphia City Planning Commission Philadelphia June 1982 1982 A report issued on behalf of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommends that the best use for

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/VeniceIsland/venice-fact5.html (2016-04-26)
    Open archived version from archive

  • TAKINGS
    legislation does not disturb the owner in the control or use of his property for lawful purposes nor restrict his right to dispose of it but is only a declaration by the State that its use by any one for certain forbidden purposes is prejudicial to the public interests The power which the States have of prohibiting such use by individuals of their property as will be prejudicial to the

    Original URL path: http://www.manayunkcouncil.org/VeniceIsland/venice-takings.html (2016-04-26)
    Open archived version from archive



  •