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Background on Taxpayer Standing

For over ten years, Scenic Philadelphia has worked with community groups and citizens to protect the long standing right of taxpayers to participate in zoning decisions. This includes standing to appeal decisions made by the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment. Scenic Philadelphia’s court victories in 1996 and 1999, guaranteed that any taxpayer can participate in a Philadelphia zoning case. This has helped neighborhoods throughout the city shape development in their communities and protects the visual environment and quality of life of Philadelphia. As a result of taxpayer standing in Philadelphia, Scenic Philadelphia and community groups have successfully challenged variances granted by the ZBA allowing billboards in prohibited areas.