The City Planning Commission has legal responsibilities related to City-assisted Redevelopment, which involves taking land and buildings by eminent domain for public purposes. This includes projects like low-to-moderate income houses and apartments, side yards and non-profit health centers. Pennsylvania Urban Redevelopment Law governs this process, which is primarily carried out by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA).
Before City-assisted Redevelopment can occur, the City Planning Commission must (1) certify an area as blighted and (2) prepare a Redevelopment Area Plan. A blight certification can happen only when requested by the PRA. A Commission certification must be followed by an additional blight determination by the PRA preceding any intended acquisitions. Land that is taken may be conveyed by the PRA with controls on how the land will be used.
A Redevelopment Area Plan guides the sale of land that the PRA has condemned. It must remain active until the Authority sells or transfers all of its land within a Redevelopment Area.
Redevelopment Area Plans on this page show areas in which the PRA still holds land acquired through eminent domain. This does not mean that the City still considers all of these areas to be blighted.