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

Conditional Use Hearing

Hearing Officer: Pamela M. Loughman, Esquire

HEARING AGENDA

907, 921 & 931 W. Lancaster Avenue & 24 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr

To not comply with the Development Design Standards in the following Zoning Code Sections for Building I, the existing building:

  1. 155-215.B.2, Façade articulation, for the depth of articulated elements to not fall within the required range of 2-5 feet;
  2. 155-215.E.2.a.6.a, for the maximum sill height above the adjacent sidewalk elevation to exceed two feet;
  3. 155-215.E.2.a.6.b, for the window heads to be greater than 9-12 feet above the sidewalk level;
  4. 155-215.E.2.f, for the massing of all buildings to be de-emphasized through the use of projecting and recessed elements, such as porches, windows and roof dormers to reduce overall bulk and volume, enhance visual quality and contribute to human scale development. Specifically, the applicant seeks relief to not have such breaks in facades and rooflines occur not more frequently than the width of two Bryn Mawr Village District shop fronts (generally about 25 feet each) nor less frequently than 100 feet.
  5. 155-215.E.2.g.1, for the top of the existing building to not have a pitched roof with overhanging eaves.
  6. 155-215.E.2.g.2, to not have a pitched roof with a minimum slope of 4:12.

The following relief is needed for Building II,

  1. 155-215.E.2.a.3, for window and door openings at the ground floor of the primary front façade to not occur in a ratio of at least 3:1 between openings and solid surfaces.
  2. 155-215.E.2.a.6.a, for the maximum sill height above the adjacent sidewalk elevation to exceed two feet;
  3. 155-215.E.2.a.6.b, for the window heads to be greater than 9-12 feet above the sidewalk level;
  4. 155-215.E.2.f, for the massing of all buildings to be de-emphasized through the use of projecting and recessed elements, such as porches, windows and roof dormers to reduce overall bulk and volume, enhance visual quality and contribute to human scale development. Specifically, the applicant seeks relief to not have such breaks in facades and rooflines occur not more frequently than the width of two Bryn Mawr Village District shop fronts (generally about 25 feet each) nor less frequently than 100 feet.

The applicant also seeks any other relief or approvals necessary to allow the proposed improvements for the development at 907, 921 & 931 W. Lancaster Avenue and 24 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr.

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