Walnut Hill Community Association Committee List
The Walnut Hill Neighborhood Plan 2016 was the culmination of nearly a year of research and engagement. The 2016 Plan builds upon the progress created through the original 2007 Neighborhood Plan while helping to illustrate a unique vision for the neighborhood. The plan will serve to guide the development of Walnut Hill through the year 2021. The 2016 Plan was facilitated by The Enterprise Center – Community Development Corporation, with financial and technical support from Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Community outreach and engagement support was provided by the Walnut Hill Community Association and the Neighborhood Plan Steering Committee.
Local residents are encouraged to become involved in the implementation of the plan. While more official aspects of the plan would be implemented by the Walnut Hill Community Association or other neighborhood organizations, residents are needed to carry out many of the recommendations. Residents also have the ability to track the effectiveness of the implementation efforts and provide feedback on potential changes over time, such as considering new properties for historic preservation.
As more people discover that Walnut Hill is an attractive neighborhood to live, work, and invest, the Zoning Committee provides a platform for input from our residents on new projects to ensure they align with our priorities. Please read our Values Statement for the Zoning Committee that we hope will prepare Walnut Hill for the future while not neglecting what attracted us all here originally.
The Zoning Committee invites applicants seeking zoning variances to present their plans, gather valuable public feedback, and gauge community support for their project before going in front of the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). After their community presentation, every Walnut Hill resident will have the opportunity to vote in support or in opposition to the proposed project. The Zoning Committee will do the same. If both votes are in agreement, a letter will be drafted accordingly. If the voting results do not agree, the result will be listed as “non-opposition.” Information regarding the Zoning Board of Adjustment hearings are listed here and will include the Walnut Hill letter of Support or Opposition. The ZBA is a City appointed Zoning Board that meets after the community vote and has final say on each project.
Access the Walnut Hill 5 year plan.
Access the Philadelphia Zoning Code.
In the year 2020 the pandemic made it abundantly clear that we need to move more rapidly to a digital realm to maintain a strong sense of community. In person meeting were no longer safe as neighbors practiced social distancing measures. The previous Walnut Hall website used Wix and was not maintained or renewed. Nile Livingston, a long time resident of Walnut Hill and their team of website developers and graphic designers at Creative Repute, LLC started from scratch, and brought to life this current wordpress website with more power for customization and analytics to assure that it was reaching the target audience: people that live and work in the community.
We’re looking for other WordPress experts in the community to help us maintain the website with relevant, accessible, up-to-date information. A preference will go to volunteers with light coding experience.
The website should always be intuitive to use. Must be willing to run the website through a series of test to assure that it’s functioning on all major devices and browsers.
Website maintenance includes correcting occasional errors on Google Search Console, optimizing content and images for speed and SEO, adding news and events to the website as well as deactivating outdated content, redesigning and adjusting content to assure it’s accessible, and more.