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

Chair: Charles Howland
Members: Brian O’Leary, Anthony Vale, Harriet Ruffin, Richard Pasquier, Catherine Cantlin,  and George Ross


  1. Comprehensive Planning Process Overview
  2. Township-wide Land Use: Creating a Balanced Land Use Plan
  3. Housing Element & Residential Land Use
    • Neighborhood Preservation: Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND)
    • Transition Areas: Design Standards for Townhouse and Multi-Family Developments
    • Affordability: Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Accessory Dwelling Units
    • Special Needs Population: Aging in Place and Removing Barriers to Accessibility
  4. Commercial Land Use
    • Villages
    • Neighborhood Main Streets
    • Traditional Main Streets
    • Regional Centers
  5. Institutional Land Use
    • Institutional Zoning Districts
    • Conversion of Institutional Properties
  6. Historic Preservation and Open Space
    • Historic Preservation Plan
    • Proposed Policy: Preserve Exceptional Historic Resources
    • Establish Central Civic Space
  7. Next steps
    • Tuesday, July 14, 2015: Special Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 PM
      • Community Facilities & Infrastructure Element
      • Formal Recommendations to the Board of Commissioners

The draft Comprehensive Plan may be viewed at each branch of the Lower Merion Library System, at the Lower Merion Township Administration Building, 75 E Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, and on the Township website. Comments and/or suggested edits to the draft Comprehensive Plan may be directed to Planning Staff via email (

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