New Learning Video Series

Do you have questions about development in Philadelphia?

  • What is a Registered Community Organization (RCO)?

  • How does zoning work?

  • What projects get Civic Design Review?

  • How can I get involved?


We have the answers!

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) has started a series of videos to answer these common questions and more. Development is a complicated process with many stakeholders and different city agencies. These videos help explain how property owners can get permits and how Philadelphians can get involved.


These short videos (around ten minutes or less), with lots of graphics, break down the complicated process of development into small bites that are easy watch and understand. The first two videos talk about Registered Community Organizations (RCO) and their role in the development process. Future videos will present best practices and tips for RCOs. Another video gives a basic explanation on zoning and how it guides development. Future videos will give more information on zoning, explain the Civic Design Review Process and explain how to read site and building plans.


Intro to RCOs:


The RCO Processes:


Zoning 101


We hope that you find these videos helpful and we will add more videos as they are produced. If you have ideas for future videos, please email us at planning@phila.gov.

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