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. ESCROW RELEASES

  2. 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 A)

    Waverly Heights
    1400 Waverly Road
    Escrow Release no. 3 --$314,145.68

    Bryn Mawr Medical Center
    101 S Bryn Mawr Avenue
    Block B
    Escrow Release no. 5 -- $49,862.00

    115 W Montgomery Avenue
    aka 101 Woodside Road
    Escrow Release no. 2 -- $36,479.00

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  3. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF A GRANT APPLICATION UNDER THE “MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION FUND” FOR THE ROCK HILL ROAD/BELMONT AVENUE PROJECT

  4. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Resolution of Support and authorization for Lower Merion Township to submit a grant application due June 20, 2014 to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development and the PA Department of Transportation for $2.1 million in “Multimodal Transportation Grant” funds through the Commonwealth Financing Agency for right-of-way acquisition for infrastructure improvements for the Rock Hill Road/Belmont Avenue Transportation Improvement Program.
    (Exhibit B)

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  5. CERTIFICATES OF APPROPRIATENESS

    1. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to install an exterior oven vent facing the street, repair two existing leaded glass windows and reinstall and replace three rear windows with Pella Architectural Series simulated divided light windows at 619 Loves Lane, Wynnewood, private residence, English Village Historic District.

      On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 HARB recommended approval as submitted.

      PUBLIC COMMENT

    2. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace an existing front facing right side picket fence with a 4 foot PVC style fence and replace the existing side chain link fence with a 6 foot PVC style fence at 1009 Barr Lane, Gladwyne, private residence, Gladwyne Historic District.

      On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 HARB recommended approval noting the distance of the proposed vinyl fence from the curb subject to a condition that the applicant will investigate a transition between the front 4 foot fence and the side yard 6 foot fence.

      PUBLIC COMMENT

    3. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace an existing fence, modify an existing flagstone patio and install eco-pavers for a play area at 410 Arthurs Round Table, Wynnewood, English Village Historic District, private residence.

    4. On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 HARB recommended approval subject to the following conditions:

      • Fence styles shall be 6 foot Benjamin Waller Privacy Fence and 4 foot Benjamin Waller Williamsburg Fence;
      • The applicant shall provide a transition between front 4 foot fence and the 6 foot fence; and
      • Impervious surface shall comply with Zoning requirements.

      PUBLIC COMMENT

    5. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove rotted siding and replace it with fiber cement siding and replace all windows with Quaker Brighton Series aluminum clad wood windows to match the existing at 1000 Black Rock Road, Gladwyne, Gladwyne Historic District, private residence.

      On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 HARB recommended approval subject to the following conditions:

      • Cementitious siding shall have a smooth finish with the maximum exposure to be as dimensionally similar to the existing wood siding as possible;
      • Cornerboards, approximately 4-inches in width, shall be installed at all building corners; and
      • Windows shall be aluminum clad, simulated divided lights with 7/8” exterior muntins in the same configuration as the existing windows.

      PUBLIC COMMENT

  6. ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

  7. Consider for recommendation to the Board authorizing the Township Secretary to advertise a notice of intent to hold a public hearing and adopt an ordinance amendment on July 16, 2014 to add the main house at 716 Black Rock Road, Gladwyne, to the Historic Resource Inventory as a Class II resource.
    (Exhibit C)

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  8. ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

  9. Discuss an ordinance to amend Chapter 155, Zoning, Section 155-134, Projections In Front Yards, by permitting one-story, open, roofed porches to project into the required front yard setback in the R AA, R A, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5, R-6, R6A and R-7 zoning districts, subject to compliance with specific standards.
    (Exhibit D)

    PUBLIC COMMENT

 

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