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Tell us what you think of the Upper Northwest plan draft

Updated: May 3, 2019


Read the Draft Upper Northwest District Plan


Potential housing and shops near Germantown Station

highlights from the DRAFT plan

The Draft Plan includes 41 recommendations. The eight recommendations below are priority recommendations, which we believe residents, elected officials, and city agencies should act on first:

  • Plant street trees, install and repair lighting, and draw businesses to Germantown Avenue, Chelten Avenue, and Wayne Avenue

  • Direct housing development to commercial streets and train stations to increase the number of people using public transit and shopping at local businesses

  • Preserve large houses and properties by allowing accessory dwellings ("in-law suites")

  • Improve the frequency and rider experience on the Route 23 bus to support Germantown Avenue. Consolidate stops, build seating and shelters, and give buses priority at traffic signals

  • Make Lincoln Drive and Wissahickon Avenue safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians

  • Provide restrooms, water fountains, lighting, and wi-fi access at stations in Wissahickon Valley Park

  • Invest in parks and recreation. Build a community playground in Southwest Germantown, improve the entrance to Pickett Pool, rehabilitate Happy Hollow, and improve walkways and entrances at Fernhill Park

  • Complete a survey of historic properties and sites


Proposed pocket park at Wayne Avenue and Berkley Street

How was the plan made?

To create the draft of the plan we:

  • Did research on the district

  • Held public meetings

  • Collected feedback online

  • Met with a steering committee of neighborhood and business groups, politicians, and City agencies


You can read the research we did on the district and summaries of the three public meetings we hosted.

Our meetings had a combined attendance of over 685 people.

What's Next?

  1. We are collecting your comments on the plan through September 4th! Email comments to: ian.hegarty@phila.gov .

  2. After we review the comments, we will change the plan.

  3. The final version will be presented at the September 18th City Planning Commission meeting, which is open to the public.

  4. Once the plan is adopted by the City Planning Commission, we can start making it happen!


We hope you stay involved by commenting on the draft plan. We look forward to working with you in the years ahead to help those ideas come to life!

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