A new bill to amend the zoning code to preserve a uniform “cornice line” on rowhouse blocks was introduced last week in City Council. The bill would prevent developers from building three-story houses if more than 50 percent of the block is only two-story houses, says Plan Philly.
Currently, the zoning code allows going up to 38 feet for a third story as long as it’s set eight feet back from the cornice line of neighboring, shorter houses. The bill, introduced Thursday by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, would eliminate that allowance altogether.
West Philly’s Blackwell previously tinkered with the zoning code almost immediately after a revised version of it was passed last September, adding requirements of registered community organizations that were mostly overturned by another bill last month.
Now, she’s got her sights set on three-story homes. So, what do you think? Do those houses with three-story setbacks look strange? Should they be allowed at all?