Planning Division

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Mission

The Township's Planning Department provides a high level of service and maintains absolute integrity and honesty assuring customers of the Department's commitment to safety, sound planning, promotion of economic development opportunities and the quality of life issues. Promote and protect the public health, safety and welfare throughout the coordinated and practical development of the Township as outlined in the Zoning Code. partner with Township residents and the development and commercial business community to encourage development that protects the aestetic character of the community and balances the changing needs in a comprehensive manner that culminates in the safe and timely completion of construction and development projects.

Responsibilities:

(include but are not limited to)

  • Implementing comprehensive building & planning goals and land use policies by preparing recommendations for amendments to Township Codes.
  • Developing and overseeing long range comprensive planning efforts. Evaluating and developing Township land use policies for recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Reviewing subdivision, land development and Conditional Use applications according to Township Codes within legal time limits. Facilitating coordination with Commissioners, Township Engineer, staff applicants and their representatives, and neighborhood groups. Negotiating  solutions to development issues and providing recommendations to the various advisory boards and the Board of Commissioners.
  • Ensuring that Conditions of Approval imposed on zoning, subdivision, land development and Conditional Use applications are met.
  • Coordinating with the Township Engineer's office to review traffic and transportation proposals for subdivisions and land development proposals.
  • Maintaining and analyzing demographic, census, and land use statistics.
  • Preserving community character through open space, streetscape and historic preservation efforts.
  • Implementing and managing Township approved redevelopment plans including the Ardmore Transit Center Plan, the Bryn Mawr Master Plan, Bala avenue and City Avenue Streetscape Plans, Rock Hill Road/Belmont Avenue Transportation Service Area (TSA) and City Avenue TSA.

Categories

Building & Planning Committee

All Times Are Approximate

Co-Chairs: Commissioners Elizabeth S. Rogan & Philip S. Rosenzweig 
Vice-Chairs: Commissioners George T. Manos & Daniel S. Bernheim 

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

  1. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP AND ARDMORE INITIATIVE

  2. Consider for recommendation to the Board a cooperative agreement between Ardmore Initiative and the Township to allow Ardmore Initiative to be eligible for a $50,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Matching funds will be supplied by Ardmore Initiative.
    (Exhibit A)

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  3. ESCROW RELEASES

  4. Consider for recommendation to the Board approval of the release of funds held in escrow as Improvement Guarantees in accordance with Section 135-5 of the Township Code for:
    (Exhibit B)

    440 Conshohocken State Road
    Two-lot subdivision
    Escrow Release no. 2 -- $15,241.00

    9-19 S Wyoming Avenue
    Escrow Release no. 3 -- $109,505.00

    15 E Spring Avenue
    Escrow Release no. 3, Final -- 2,750.00

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  5. CERTIFICATES OF APPROPRIATENESS

    1. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness for a revised design flat panel wall sign over the entranceway along the Station Avenue frontage of 5 E Lancaster Avenue, aka 4 Station Avenue, Peace of Pizza, Ardmore, Ardmore Historic District.

      On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 HARB recommended approval as submitted subject to the applicant removing both existing wall signs.

      PUBLIC COMMENT

    2. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to reface an existing freestanding sign, replace an existing wall sign and recover existing awnings at 43 Haverford Station Road, Haverford, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox & Roach, Realtors, Haverford Station Historic District.

      On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 HARB recommended approval as submitted.

      PUBLIC COMMENT

    3. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove the existing wood siding from the front façade and install HardiePlank siding at 36 E Lancaster Avenue, aka 28-36 E Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, Siamese Princess/Jack McShea’s, Ardmore Historic District.

      On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 HARB recommended approval provided the applicant works with a committee to resolve the profiles and installation details of the proposed siding.

      PUBLIC COMMENT

  6. HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONSULTANT CONTRACT

  7. Consider for recommendation to the Board entering into a contract with Preservation Design Partnership, LLC for the historic preservation consultant position.
    (Exhibit C)

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  8. REAPPOINTMENT TO THE ZONING HEARING BOARD

  9. Consider for recommendation to the Board reappointing Charles Davidson to the Zoning Hearing Board for an additional three year term, such term to expire 1/2017.

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  10. HOURS OF OPERATION – TIME PERMITTING

  11. Discuss regulating hours of operation for commercial businesses in proximity to residential uses in residential zoning districts.
    (Exhibit D)

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  12. ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER TERM EXPIRATIONS

    • Historical Commission – Judith P. Meyer, 4/2013. This concludes her second term.
    • Planning Commission – Brian Hirsch, Resigned but agreed to serve until replacement found.
    • Electrical Examining Board – Toby George, 1/2014.
    • Planning Commission – Alan S. Ritterband, 2/2014. This concludes his second term.
    • Planning Commission – Marc D. Vitale, 2/2014. This concludes his first term but he is not seeking reappointment.
    • Planning Commission – Brian O’Leary, 2/2014. This concludes his second term.
    • Planning Commission – Charles B. Howland, 2/2014. This concludes his second term.
    • HARB – Philip E. Franks, 3/2014.
    • EAC – Joseph Fruedenberg, Resigned effective January 31, 2014.

    PUBLIC COMMENT

 

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