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Mr. Thomas A. Chapman

Wrong Thomas A. Chapman?

of Counsel

Blank Rome LLP
One Logan Square
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19103
United States

Company Description: Blank Rome LLP is one of America's largest law firms. With nearly 500 attorneys serving clients across the United States, Blank Rome is a national law firm...   more

Employment History


  • Bachelor of Arts degree , Psychology
    LaSalle University
  • Doctor of Law
    Widener University School of Law
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Web References
Plan for the Central Delaware: Transforming Philadelphia's Waterfront » Project Team, 2 Dec 2012 [cached]
Thomas A. Chapman, Esq.
Blank Rome, LLC - Partner
Mr. Chapman concentrates his practice in the area of zoning, land use, subdivision and real estate development. Mr. Chapman is a frequent lecturer on zoning, planning, land use and other development issues concerning the City of Philadelphia. Prior to entering private practice, Mr Chapman was employed by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, serving most recently as the Acting Executive Director and Secretary for Strategic Planning and serving in the Mayor's Cabinet.
The Avenue of the Arts - Philadelphia’s premier cultural and entertainment district., 19 Feb 2009 [cached]
Thomas Chapman* Acting Executive Director Philadelphia City Planning Commission
News Gleaner, 12 Dec 2002 [cached]
City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski, with Thomas Chapman of the City Planning Commission. (Photo by David J. Foster)
The proposal is the first step in "finding areas of the city where new homes and even new neighborhoods can be built," said Thomas Chapman, director of developmental planning for the City Planning Commission."It's a long-range plan that could take 20 to 30 years to fully implement." The plan, now before City Council's Rules Committee, re-zones a section of the Delaware River waterfront between the Betsy Ross Bridge and Rhawn Street to dissuade undesirable businesses, like junkyards and slaughterhouses, from taking advantage of the area's current zoning designation as largely heavy industrial.The new zoning is designed to stabilize and clean up an area now scarred with empty lots, scrap heaps and crumbling concrete, evidence of the area's history as a manufacturing behemoth. Krajewski, retiring U.S. Rep.
Chapman assured them the Zoning Board of Adjustment would be receptive to their plight.
Philadelphia Daily News | 04/12/2006 | Group hopes Uptown soon will be on upswing, 12 April 2006 [cached]
Thomas Chapman, acting executive director of the City Planning Commission, said the city tonight will release a new plan for the 3.5-mile stretch from City Hall to North Broad Station at an event at Temple University.
Back in 2001, the Planning Commission began work on a report titled "A 21st Century Vision of North Broad Street" but the document never saw the light of day.The new plan is called "Extending the Vision for North Broad Street."
While declining to discuss the plan's findings, Chapman said it makes the case for improving the street's "presence as an asset."
Meanwhile, Chapman said that in the last year the city has been spending almost $10 million to enhance North Broad with new sidewalks and curbs, trees and street lights, special pedestrian crossings and new pedestrian-friendly traffic lights.
And just last week, Gov.
Welcome to Sustainable Philadelphia - Forums, 2 Feb 2008 [cached]
THOMAS A. CHAPMAN, ESQ. - BIOGRAPHY Acting Secretary for Strategic Planning and Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Mr. Chapman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Salle University and a Law degree from Widener University. He joined the staff of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission in 1978 and over the years has held various staff positions involving development review, subdivision, environmental assessment, and zoning controls. He presently serves as the Acting Secretary for Strategic Planning and Executive Director of the City Planning Commission.
From 2002 until 2005, Mr. Chapman was Director of the Development Planning and Zoning Division. In this capacity, he supervised a professional planning staff involved in development and environmental review of all development proposals throughout the City. This staff also reviews and makes planning recommendations on all applications before the Zoning Board of Adjustment and prepares and provides City Planning Commission recommendations on all zoning legislation, property legislation, and street ordinances before City Council.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Chapman's duties included testifying before various City Council committees on legislation referred to the City Planning Commission. In this capacity, he has worked closely with members of City Council to develop various types of land use, zoning, and development-related legislation.
Mr. Chapman chaired City Planning Commission sub-committees (made up of both public and private-sector representatives) responsible for developing legislation controlling and regulating outdoor advertising signs, various community and business-related zoning overlays, and the rewriting of Center City zoning and land-use controls.
He has also directed several comprehensive-planning efforts, working with community and business organizations. For Manayunk, Mr. Chapman developed a plan for the riverfront and new land-use controls, and he participated in the planning of the North Delaware riverfront. Most recently, he has represented the agency on the City's Gaming Advisory Task Force.
Mr. Chapman has authored or co-authored most of the amendments to the Philadelphia Zoning and Planning Code since the mid 1980s. He also testifies as an expert witness in zoning and planning matters and has been a panel member of several Continuing Legal Education seminars.
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