PKNA is a Registered Community Organization, RCO. The Philadelphia Zoning Code includes provisions for ensuring that neighbors of proposed developments are notified and have an opportunity to provide input regarding zoning decisions that may impact them. This is accomplished through a standardized system of direct notification and through public meetings that are held in communities and convened by RCOs. When a property is applying for an exemption or a variance* on the zoning code, PKNA as an RCO has the opportunity to voice our opinion. The city has a website with full information, click here.
* There is a threshold list for zoning variance requests that applicants must meet in order to be granted a special exception, a use variance, or a dimensional variance.
Here is a recommended introduction text for zoning meetings.
Sample letters here from Queen Village RCO that demonstrate how you can include the request for (a) proviso(s). There is a new form but the letter version is nuanced and an effective response.
There are more of the documents from a 2016-2017 series of zoning workshops, funded in part by the Bread & Roses Fund, developed and presented by Steve Masters from JustLaws.