COVID-19 and deemed approvals (effective March 19): The Department of Planning and Development has issued emergency regulations governing “deemed approvals” by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Philadelphia Art Commission, and their various committees, including the Civic Design Review Committee and the Sign Committee of the Art Commission. During the period from March 18, 2020, through 60 days after the termination of the Mayor’s March 16, 2020, Emergency Order, the non-performance of review by these agencies, their respective Committees or staff, in connection with any applications, plans, materials or other documents will not constitute a deemed approval or a deemed denial of any such applications, plans, materials or documents subject to review.
COVID-19 filing extension (effective March 17): The ZBA is extending certain filing deadlines, including filing appeals from refusals, appeals of referrals, and appeals against actions of L&I. Any filing deadline between March 13 and March 31 has been extended by at least two weeks, with no filing required before April 1. ZBA may provide for additional extensions if conditions warrant.
What we do
The Department of Planning and Development makes sure Philadelphia has well-planned neighborhoods, with affordable housing options and access to public art. We oversee historic preservation to honor the City’s unique history; help developers move their projects forward; create citywide and neighborhood plans; and implement zoning.
Our department includes:
- Art Commission
- Philadelphia City Planning Commission
- Division of Development Services
- Division of Housing and Community Development
- Historical Commission
- Zoning Board of Adjustment
We also partner with the PHDC.
Together we are charting a vibrant future for our city.
Anne Fadullon is the director of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). DPD works with communities to promote, plan, preserve, and develop successful neighborhoods for all.
As director, Anne has overseen the completion of Philadelphia’s first Comprehensive Plan since 1960. Her department produced and is implementing a Housing Action Plan to create or preserve 100,000 homes over ten years.
Anne worked with the Mayor’s office, City Council, and advocates to identify $186 million in new funding for affordable housing. She has led the consolidation of three quasi-public agencies to create a full-service community development organization. Anne chairs the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority board.
Anne has 30 years of development experience in both the private and public sectors. She has developed affordable, mixed-income, market-rate and mixed-use projects.
Anne has a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and economics from Lehigh University. She has a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Anne spends her off hours looking for new places to kayak or wandering through the woods.