|Posted on June 10, 2014 at 12:20 AM|
The Purpose of a Registered Community Organization (RCO)
A primary function of a City of Philadelphia RCO, is to notify members of the nearest community about proposed developmental or other projects where a “variance” has been requested. A “variance” is defined as an exception to a current variance status. If a variance is approved/granted, and for whatever reason/s the premises are left vacant for 3 years, the variance status will revert back to the original status prior to the approved change.
The role of the CBNC’s RCO Committee is to:
(1) Provide information to the surrounding community about requested variance changes, by way of distributing flyers and during community meetings. Whenever possible, regular Community and Variance Notification Meetings will be held within the convenience of CBNC’s boundaries so that meetings are easily accessible. If or when there are no available locations within CBNC boundaries, a location will be sought closest to the outside of CBNC’s boundaries.
(2) Schedule “Variance Notification Meetings” for the community to meet and discuss the potential impact of the proposed variance changes. Notice of the Variance Notification Meetings will be distributed at least 5 days prior to the meeting.
Voting is only done by community members located within the immediate area who could be directly impacted by the proposed variance changes. Individuals who are CBNC RCO Committee Members, CBNC regular Board Members or associated Attorneys, are ineligible to vote for support or non-support for a variance variance and therefore must leave the room when a vote is being cast so that the vote is not unduly influenced in any way. If they choose to cast their personal vote, they may, however, step-down from their Committee, Board or legal positions, and cast their vote as a homeowner, business owner or other pertinent party.
What happens during a Joint RCO Meeting?
When a vote has been conducted, each meeting must be documented indicating:
(1) an established Agenda; (2) Minutes; (3) the number of those in attendance; and (4) the number of “Yes” and “No” votes, respectively
For more Information please refer to the attached document and www.phila.gov/map