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

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

AGENDA

  1. ESCROW RELEASES
    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 the following (Exhibit A):
    110 Montgomery Avenue
    Escrow Release no. 2
    $47,959.00
    131-151 Rock Hill Road
    Escrow Release no. 6
    $373,418.00
    600 Righters Ferry Road
    Escrow Release no. 4
    $185,947.00
    311 Wynne Lane
    Escrow Release no. 4 (Final)
    $2,750.00
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  2. WAIVER OF LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN
    47 & 55 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore, Ward 4.
    Expiration Date – N/A Zoning – ASDD1 - MUST

    Applicant – Robert Duncan, Assistant Township Manager, on behalf of Lower Merion TownshipProperty Owner – Cricket Avenue Property, LLC & 55 Cricket Avenue LLC

    Consider for recommendation to the Board a Waiver of Land Development Plan prepared by Pennoni Associates, Inc., dated April 21, 2015 showing the construction of a surface parking lot containing 45 spaces. On Monday, May 4, 2015 the Planning Commission recommended approval subject to the following conditions:

    Landscaping:
    1. The Township shall investigate the feasibility of coordinating with the Ardmore Streetscape Committee on the relocation of plant material for use in the proposed planted areas.
    Standard Conditions of Approval:
    1. The Planning Commission recommendation for approval is subject to the Township’s adoption of the ordinance to amend Section 155-9. If this amendment is not adopted, the application is recommended to be tabled until the Township can demonstrate compliance with the Zoning Code.
    2. A copy of the revised plan shall be submitted with any changes highlighted and shall be accompanied by a letter indicating how each requested revision has been addressed in the re-submission.
    3. The property owner(s) shall comply with all federal, state and applicable Lower Merion Township ordinances, with the exception of the required waivers, and laws regardless of specific mention herein.
      In addition, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the following waivers:
      • Subdivision & Land Development Code Section 135-7A, to not provide a Tentative Sketch Plan.
      • Subdivision & Land Development Code Section 135-10A(3), to not provide a Preliminary Land Development Plan.
      • Subdivision & Land Development Code Section 135-13, to not provide a Final Plan.
      • Subdivision & Land Development Code Section 135-16B, Sketch Plans, to not provide all of the information required on a Tentative Sketch Plan.
      • Subdivision & Land Development Code Section 135.19.B.1, Preliminary Land Development Plan, to not provide various plan requirements.
      • Natural Features Code Section 101-9, Minimum Planting Standards, to not provide all of the required plant material.
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  3. CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS

    Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to reface the existing non-illuminated front wall sign panel, remove and replace a channel letter wall sign on the western façade, and reface the existing bottom and sides of the rear awning with an aluminum panel assembly at 61 W. Lancaster Avenue, aka 63 W. Lancaster Avenue (formerly Subway), El Limon Mexican Taqueria, Ardmore, Ardmore Historic District.

    On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 HARB recommended approval as submitted.

    PUBLIC COMMENT
  4. FARMERS' MARKET AT BARMOUTH STATION ON THE CYNWYD HERITAGE TRAIL
    Consider for recommendation to the Board authorizing the Township Manager to enter into an agreement with Farm to City to operate a Farmers’ Market at the Barmouth Station Trailhead at the base of East Levering Mill Road in Bala Cynwyd on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail for the 2015 season on land that the Township holds an easement upon. (Exhibit B: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3])
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  5. DEFINITION OF PRESERVATION AREA ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
    Consider for recommendation to the Board authorizing the Township Secretary to advertise a public hearing and notice of intent to adopt an ordinance amendment on June 17, 2015 to amend the Code of the Township of Lower Merion, Chapter 155, Entitled Zoning, to amend the definition of Preservation Area. (Exhibit C: [Part 1] [Part 2])
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  6. AMENDMENTS TO THE BALA VILLAGE DISTRICT
    Discuss potential amendments to the Bala Village District to reduce the building height along sections of City Avenue in Merion and Bala Cynwyd from 65 feet to 38 feet. (Exhibit D: [Part 1] [Part 2] )
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  7. APPOINTMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
    Consider for recommendation to the Board appointing Mark Weinmann to a full four year term on the Environmental Advisory Council, such term to expire May, 2019.
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  8. APPOINTMENT TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION
    Consider for recommendation to the Board appointing George Ross to a full four year term on the Planning Commission such term to expire May, 2019.
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  9. REAPPOINTMENT TO THE PLANNING COMMISSION
    Consider for recommendation to the Board reappointing Anthony Vale to the Planning Commission for a one-year term, such term to expire May, 2016.
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  10. REAPPOINTMENT TO THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION
    Consider for recommendation to the Board reappointing Melanie Piltch to a full five year term on the Historical Commission such term to expire May, 2020.
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  11. REAPPOINTMENT TO THE HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD
    Consider for recommendation to the Board reappointing Philip Ivory to a full five year term on the HARB such term to expire May, 2020.
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  12. SHORT TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE AMENDMENT (Time Permitting)
    Discuss an ordinance amendment to restrict residential short term rentals (less than 30 days) in residential zoning districts. (Exhibit E)
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  13. UPCOMING ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER TERM EXPIRATIONS
    • Susan Dineen, HARB, March, 2015. This concludes her first term. Ms. Dineen indicated that she will not seek appointment for a second term.
    • Alan Ritterband, Planning Commission, May, 2015. This concludes his second term.
    PUBLIC COMMENT
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