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The purpose of the Philadelphia Zoning team is to facilitate a permitting process that is simple while being accountable and transparent.

Who are the Humans Behind Philadelphia Zoning?

Alexa Ahrem

Alexa Ahrem

While working as an expediter, Alexa identified a major need for a simple, streamlined, effective way for products such as building and zoning permits to be delivered to the market. So she set out to create a way to deliver just that: An effective, well-managed, efficient way to obtain permits and licenses for developers, business owners, and investors. Alexa is a major proponent of entrepreneurship and loves to support business owners and entrepreneurs through Philadelphia Zoning. She was an entrepreneurship major at Temple where she also competed on the gymnastics team. She founded and ran an electronic music event production company as well as a brand development business. She volunteers on the board of a cat rescue, loves yoga, working out, music, and traveling. Her mission in life is to help people create true happiness and then go make their dreams a reality.

Community Liaison

Elizabeth Coffey

Liz graduated from Temple University with a major in Urban Studies and a minor in Economics. She has worked at the Center for Architecture and Design assisting in the facility’s events. Liz is particularly excited to be able to improve the city and the lives of its inhabitants through the work of Philadelphia Zoning. She is hoping to build relationships with small businesses and homeowners, as well as city officials. In addition to her work at PZ, she loves painting, digital art, traveling, and checking out new Philadelphia restaurants and bars.

City Liaison

Ashley Taylor

Ashley graduated cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies. After graduation Ashley worked for a think tank in Amman, Jordan. During her time at the Center for the Study of the Built Environment Ashley also completed a semester of Advanced Arabic coursework at Al Qasid Institute. In Ashley’s role as a licensed expediter working as City Liaison for Philadelphia Zoning, Ashley has acquired a strong working knowledge of the Philadelphia Zoning Code, as well as all Licensing and Permitting procedure. Ashley hopes to save everyone some time and heartache when it comes to building things, opening businesses, and renovating in our beloved Philadelphia. Ashley loves plants, dogs, and really tough workouts.


Brian Ledder

Brian is a real estate developer in Philadelphia with a degree in Architecture from Temple University. He uses his personal zoning experience and architectural background to produce plans and drawings required for building and zoning permits for Philadelphia Zoning clients. Brian also volunteers for a non-profit working to implement climate change adaptation strategies in the developing world. Brian was a Track and Cross Country runner at Temple University and still puts in a great Broad St. Run every year.

Outside Counsel

Joseph Console, Esq.

Joe Console is one of Philadelphia Zoning’s outside counsel attorneys on projects that have a legal component; such as zoning appeals. He also assists with other components involved in the processes, such as abatement appeals, deeds, and other real estate related legalities. For more on Joe, please check out his firm’s site Console Matison, LLP.

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