Planning Division

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The Township's Building & 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. To promote and protect the public health, safety and welfare throughout the coordinated and practical development of the Township as outlined in the Zoning Code. To partner with Township residents and the development and commercial business community to encourage development that protects and enhances the aesthetic character of the community. To balance the evolving needs of the community in a comprehensive manner which culminates in the safe and timely completion of construction and development projects.


(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.


Comprehensive Plan Workshop

Planning Commission

Comprehensive Plan Workshop
Planning Commission
May 27, 2015


  1. Comprehensive planning process overview
  2. Goals and anticipated outcomes for this discussion
  3. Circulation Element (End by approximately 8:00 PM)
    • Functional Classification of Roadways
    • Prioritized Vehicular Improvements
    • Prioritized Pedestrian Improvements
    • Prioritized Bicycle Improvements
    • Transit Improvements
    • Committee Discussion
    • Public Comment
  4. Water Resources Element (End by approximately 9:30 PM)
    • Stormwater Policy
    • Stormwater Management Master Plan
    • Committee Discussion
    • Public Comment
  5. Next steps
    • Monday, June 15, 2015: Planning Commission Workshop, 6:30 PM
      • Land Use Element & Housing Element
    • Tuesday, July 14, 2015: Special Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 PM
      • Community Facilities & Infrastructure Element
      • Formal Recommendation to the Board of Commissioners


TO: Planning Commission
FROM: Christopher Leswing, PP, AICP, Assistant Director, Planning
SUBJECT: Comprehensive Plan Workshop - Water Resources Element and Circulation Element
DATE: May 22, 2015

Next Wednesday evening the Planning Commission will review the Circulation and Water Resource Elements of the Draft Comprehensive Plan. Wednesday’s meeting is the first of three scheduled meetings over the next eight weeks for the Planning Commission to review the Draft Comprehensive Plan. At the third meeting on Tuesday, July 14th, the Planning Commission will provide a formal recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.

The workshop on Wednesday will include two, approximately 1½ hours sessions devoted to the review of the Circulation Element and the Water Resources Element. Staff will make a brief presentation of how each element furthers the overall community vision, guiding principles, and community development principles. The presentation will summarize the overall assumptions and goals of the element as well as describe how the element is structured. Key recommendations of each element will also be summarized.

The workshop format is intended for Planning Commission members to engage in discussion and to work through complex ideas together.


Staff will keep minutes and develop a running list of items that need clarification or editing as each Element is reviewed. The second half of the July 14th meeting will be devoted to addressing the comments received in this public review process and finalizing the draft plan recommendations to be forwarded to the Board of Commissioners. The workshops are intended for the review of substance issues. Staff encourages the Planning Commission to use the section at the bottom of each page marked INPUT to highlight corrections and to provide questions and comments. Comments should be directed to staff to keep a running tally.

If you have any questions prior to Wednesday’s meeting please feel free to contact me.

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