Philadelphia, April 29, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced Julia Chapman as his new appointee to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, replacing Lynette Brown-Sow, who stepped down last week. Ms. Chapman will succeed Ms. Brown-Sow as Chair of the Board and will serve alongside current Vice-Chair, Carol Tinari, and current members Martin Bednarek, Sam Staten, Jr. and Greg Pastore. Ms. Brown-Sow has also served as a member of the Zoning Code Commission and previously a member of the Philadelphia Planning Commission.


“I thank Lynette Brown-Sow for her five years of dedicated service to the Board and for her strong leadership as Chair for the last three years,” said Mayor Nutter.   “I now look forward to working with Julia Chapman to ensure the City maintains a clear, transparent and predictable zoning process.”


Ms. Chapman is an attorney who previously served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Mayor Nutter until 2009 as well as Councilman Nutter’s Chief of Staff from 1995 to 2008.  During her tenure with the City, Ms. Chapman provided guidance on zoning and development issues and supported the efforts which lead to a ballot referendum in 2007 to create a Zoning Code Commission. The commission’s work ultimately led to the enactment of a new zoning code on December 22, 2011.


“Throughout my many years of public service, I have been keenly aware of the critical role the Zoning Board of Adjustment plays in balancing neighborhood preservation and the economic growth of the City while insuring the integrity of the zoning code,” said Ms. Chapman. “I look forward to this challenge and am honored to be asked to serve.”


The Zoning Board of Adjustment has five members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Mayor. It hears and decides appeals in zoning matters, considers special exceptions, and grants variances.

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