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
    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):
    600 Righters Ferry Road
    Escrow Release no. 8
    $234,679.00
    Bryn Mawr College
    Haffner Hall
    815 Yarrow Street
    Escrow Release no. 1
    $80,978.00
    131-151 Rock Hill Road
    Escrow Release no. 10
    $43,070.00
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  2. CONDITIONAL USE DECISION
    933 Black Rock Road, Gladwyne, Ward 1, 3753C.
    Expiration Date – 9/18/2015 Zoning – R1/HROD

    Applicants – Simon & Jill Herriott
    Property Owners – Simon & Jill Herriott
    Applicant’s Representative – Jill Herriott

    Consider for recommendation to the Board a recommendation from the Hearing Officer for a Conditional use application to use the existing carriage house, a Class I historic resource, at 933 Black Rock Road, Gladwyne, as an accessory apartment under Zoning Code Section 155-151.C.2. (Exhibit B)

    PUBLIC COMMENT
  3. AMENDMENT PLAN
    511 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Mercy Academy, Merion Station, LD# 3692AA, Ward 13.
    Expiration Date – N/A Zoning – R2/HROD

    Applicant – Jamie Jun, Esquire, Fromhold Jaffe & Adams
    Property Owner – Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Mid-Atlantic Community, Inc.
    Applicant’s Representative - Jamie Jun, Esquire, Fromhold Jaffe & Adams

    Consider for recommendation to the Board an Amendment Plan prepared by Momenee Associates, Inc., dated January 9, 2013, last revised August 21, 2015 showing the construction of a two-story addition with an 11,288 square foot footprint onto the Merion Mercy Academy building. The plan also shows the relocation of previously approved reserve parking spaces and the installation of parking spaces that are being displaced by the proposed addition. The following conditions shall be complied with prior to recording the Amended Final Plan by means of plan revision, completion or financial guarantee, unless specifically exempted.

    THE PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE FINAL AGENDA.

    PUBLIC COMMENT
  4. PRELIMINARY LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN
    101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, LD# 3755, Ward 10.
    Expiration Date – 10/4/2015 Zoning – R2/HROD

    Applicant – George Broseman, Esquire, Kaplin Stewart
    Property Owner – Bryn Mawr College
    Applicant’s Representative – George Broseman, Esquire, Kaplin Stewart

    Consider for recommendation to the Board a Preliminary Land Development Plan prepared by Site Engineering Concepts, LLC, dated July 2, 2015, last revised August 12, 2015, showing the construction of a 7,300 square foot, two-story addition to the Park Science Center and the construction of an addition to house an elevator and changes to the walkway system providing access to the building and immediately adjoining areas of the campus. The following conditions shall be complied with prior to recording the Final Plan by means of plan revision, completion or financial guarantee, unless specifically exempted.

    THE PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE FINAL AGENDA.

    PUBLIC COMMENT
  5. TENTATIVE SKETCH PLAN
    259 City Avenue, Wendy’s, Merion, LD# 3744, Ward 9.
    Expiration Date – 9/30/2015 Zoning – CAD/C2

    Applicant – Chad Adams, Wendy’s Restaurants of New York
    Property Owner – Mary Frances Halton
    Applicant’s Representative – Michael Yanoff, Esquire, Freidman Schuman

    Consider for recommendation to the Board a Tentative Sketch Plan prepared by Cornerstone Consulting Engineers & Architectural, Inc. dated December 22, 2014, last revised April 14, 2015, showing the demolition of the existing 3,188 s.f. Wendy’s restaurant and construction of a new 3,390 s.f. Wendy’s restaurant with a 200 foot drive through lane and 25 parking spaces. The following conditions shall be complied with on the Preliminary Plan.

    THE PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE FINAL AGENDA.

    PUBLIC COMMENT
  6. TENTATIVE SKETCH PLAN
    146-156 Cricket Avenue & 15 W. Spring Avenue, Ardmore, LD# 3745, Ward 4
    Expiration Date – 9/30/2015 Zoning – R6A

    Applicant – Edward Morris
    Property Owners – Thejomani Brennan, Michael & Marie R Tegler, Gerri & Edwin Hunter, Jo-Ann Stigliano and Benedict Sparango
    Applicant’s Representative – Fred Fromhold, Esquire, Fromhold, Jaffe & Adams

    Consider for recommendation to the Board a Tentative Sketch Plan prepared by Yohn Engineering dated February 20, 2015, last revised August 13, 2015, showing the demolition of six single family detached dwellings located at 146-156 Cricket Avenue and 15 W. Spring Avenue, consolidation of the six lots and the construction of nine townhouses and ten single family semi-detached dwellings served by a common driveway off of Cricket Avenue. The following conditions shall be complied with on the Preliminary Plan.

    THE PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE FINAL AGENDA.

    PUBLIC COMMENT
  7. HISTORICAL COMMISSION
    Consider for recommendation to the Board a request to construct a one-story addition to the rear of a recently approved two-car garage at 438 Clairemont Road, Villanova, Class 2. (Exhibit C)
    PUBLIC COMMENT
  8. CERTIFICATES OF APPROPRIATENESS
    1. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace vinyl siding and trim with Hardie Plank siding and Azek trim at 572 Barrett Avenue, private residence, Haverford, Haverford Station Historic District.

      On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, HARB recommended approval as submitted, subject to the following conditions:

      1. The window trim shall include a back band at the jamb and head trim and a presentation (“show”) sill, both to match the general dimensions of the existing window trim and sill.
      2. The back bands may be one of Azek’s standard molding profiles or a beveled profile fabricated from stock material.

    PUBLIC COMMENT

    1. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace twelve (12) 2nd floor windows: ten (10) along Cricket Avenue and two (2) along the alleyway perpendicular to Cricket Avenue, all with JELD-WEN Tradition Plus aluminum clad double hung AuraLast Pine pocket units at 11 Cricket Avenue, a mixed use building, Ardmore, Ardmore Historic District.

      On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, HARB recommended approval as submitted.

    PUBLIC COMMENT

    1. Consider for recommendation to the Board a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a 30-inch block retaining wall with stone veneer parallel to the street near the curb line at 1007 Black Rock Road, private residence, Gladwyne, Gladwyne Historic District.

      On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, HARB recommended approval of the construction of a dry-laid stone wall, 2 feet in height, placed at the curb line, detailed to match neighboring dry-laid stone walls, subject to Public Works approval of the construction of the wall within the street right of way.

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  9. GREASE TRAP ORDINANCE AMENDMENT- TIME PERMITTING
    Consider for recommendation to the Board authorizing the Township Secretary to advertise a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance amendment on October 21, 2015 to amend Chapter 126, Sewers, to require and regulate the inspection and maintenance of grease traps in all establishments performing food preparation on the premises and providing for the submission of reports to the Township. (Exhibit D)
    PUBLIC COMMENT
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