Thomas A. Chapman

Attorney in Philadelphia, PA
Thomas 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. Mr. Chapman advises clients on the complexities of their transactions in the areas of:

•zoning

•land use

•planning

•residential and commercial development

•community relations

•government relations

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. In his capacity as Executive Director, Mr. Chapman served as a Board Member of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the Penn's Landing Corporation, and the Avenue of the Arts Incorporated. Mr. Chapman was the author of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Publication in 1993, which was the first complete edition of the Philadelphia Zoning Code available to the public in more than thirteen years. During his years with the City, Mr. Chapman was the author of every significant amendment to the Philadelphia Zoning Code including the Commercial Entertainment District which was written in anticipation of the establishment of legalized gaming in the City.

As a Board member of the Philadelphia Building Industry Association, Mr. Chapman was a leader in the BIA's Zoning Code reform efforts which eventually led to the adoption of a New Zoning Code by the City of Philadelphia. Mr. Chapman served as a member of several working sub-committees of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission to that end. Throughout his years of service with the Planning Commission, he advised the Philadelphia City Council concerning Zoning Code and land use matters. Mr. Chapman also worked closely with the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Water Department, the Streets Department, the Commerce Department, the Managing Director's Office, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Law Department.

Publications

Proposed Amendments Would Limit the 10-Year Real Estate Tax Abatement in the City of Philadelphia[Alert]
Real Estate
September 2012
Peter F. Kelsen, Thomas A. Chapman and Adam E. Laver

Revisions to Permit Extension Act Extends Life of Development Permits to 2016[Alert]
Real Estate
July 2012
Thomas A. Chapman

City of Philadelphia Announces Stormwater Management Grant Program[Alert]
Real Estate Update
January 2012 (No. 1)
Peter F. Kelsen, Thomas A. Chapman and Adam E. Laver

Philadelphia City Council Adopts a New Zoning Code[Alert]
Real Estate Update
December 2011 (No. 5)
Peter F. Kelsen, Thomas A. Chapman and Adam E. Laver

Pennsylvania Permit Extension Law Signed into Law by the Governor[Alert]
Real Estate Update
July 2010 (No. 3)
Thomas A. Chapman, Peter F. Kelsen and Adam E. Laver

New Storm Water Management Charges take effect July 1, 2010 in Philadelphia[Alert]
Real Estate Update
June 2010 (No. 2)
Thomas A. Chapman and Adam E. Laver

Recognition

Blank Rome Served as Land Counsel for Development Project Recognized by American Institute of Architects[Award]
January 9, 2012
Thomas A. Chapman

215.569.5684

Areas of Law

  • Government Relations
  • Zoning & Land Use
  • Gaming
  • Development & Construction
  • Real Estate

 

Peer Rating

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Overall Peer Rating

2.9 out of 5.0
  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards
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Experience & Credentials

Position

Of Counsel

Admission Details

Admitted in 1987, Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Law School Attended

Widener University School of Law
J.D.

University Attended

LaSalle University
B.A.

Birth Information

Born in 1953
1953

Associations & Memberships

Memberships
American Planning Association
Building Industry Association of Philadelphia

Representative Cases

Representative Matters; Representation of a national developer of regional shopping centers as zoning and land use counsel. Served as counsel to a planning team in the development of a waterfront master plan. Representation of real estate developers as zoning counsel in connection with Philadelphia area multifamily development proposals. Served as ... More

Contact Information

Phone

215.569.5684

Fax

215.832.5684

Email

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Office Information
Thomas A. Chapman
Of Counsel
One Logan Square 18th & Cherry Streets,
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6998

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