Two weeks from Monday, the full draft of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware Waterfront will be published on the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation website. It will be ready for public comment.
A 30-day public review period will end in mid-August, DRWC Board Member and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning Alan Greenberger said in his report to the executive committee. Then until mid-September, comments from the public – as well as the DRWC board and staff – will be analyzed and incorporated into the report as deemed appropriate.
About a month later, in September or early October, the plan will be released. It will be presented to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (Greenberger is the chairman) at its October meeting.
A preliminary summary of the report was released last month, at a packed event at the Festival Pier. “I was surprised at the turnout,” DRWC Chairman Donn Scott said. “Every chair was taken.”
“There is a lot of continued passion for this,” Greenberger said, in part because the public sees that the city is taking it seriously.
Speaking of the city's serious attitude, Scott had questions about something Mayor Michael Nutter said at the June meeting. “We have been talking about a 30-year timeline” to implement the majority of the waterfront rejuvenation program the plan calls for,” Scott said. “I heard the chief executive for the city say he wanted to cut that in half. So my question is, what timeline are we working on?”
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