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 (Special)

Co-Chairs: Commissioners
Vice-Chairs: Commissioners

SPECIAL AGENDA

This is a continuation of the December 16th Special B&P dealing with the Comprehensive Plan.
Note: If you have a copy of the Executive Summary of the Comprehensive Plan, please bring it to this meeting.

  1. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS: HOUSING ELEMENT
    Consider for recommendation to the Board the following proposed amendments to the Housing Element of A Comprehensive Plan for the Preservation, Infill, and Redevelopment of Lower Merion Township as discussed at the public hearing on October 28, 2015, and on Monday, November 16, 2015.

    Table 6.8: Lower Merion Township Median Household Income & Poverty – Add a footnote explaining data changes from 2010, and the Margin of Error associated with ACS data.

    H4.b Evaluate the staffing levels required to Improve enforcement and the Code requirements and identify potential coordination between the Building & Planning Department, Fire Department, and Solicitor’s office to address properties with ongoing outstanding code violations.

    H9.a Modify zoning provisions leading to speculative land assembly and demolition of existing housing stock in order to construct higher density housing inconsistent with the form, scale and character in identified low and moderate income neighborhoods.

    H11.b Establishing Evaluate effectiveness of the an Affordable Housing Trust Fund and providing inclusionary housing provisions through a fee-in-lieu option.

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  2. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS: COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE ELEMENT:
    Consider for recommendation to the Board the following proposed amendments to the Community Facilities and Infrastructure Element of A Comprehensive Plan for the Preservation, Infill, and Redevelopment of Lower Merion Township as discussed at the public hearing on October 28, 2015, and on Monday, November 16, 2015.

    F1.a Train staff to Improve utilization of more effectively utilize the tools provided by the GIS system to track maintenance and update the road conditions.

    F12.h Establish Evaluate the need for a Volunteer Coordinator position to serve as a focal point of an aggressive volunteer recruitment and retention program. (OR)

    Establish a more effective volunteer recruitment and retention program.

    The Executive Summary will include a note in the explanation that the recommendation is from the 2007 Fire Services Study and that similar recommendation are also included in Open Space Plan and Parks and Recreation Plan.

    F13.c Maintain Evaluate the current locations of fire stations in Lower Merion., if the active volunteer membership of the fire companies is maintained.

    F14 Develop funding mechanisms Consider utilizing existing Township services to assist in the existing capital contribution campaign to sustain Fire and EMS services to Township residents. (OR)

    Assess financial concerns to sustain Fire and EMS services to Township residents. (The Board directed staff to modify or clarify language.)

    F16.a Undertake a facilities assessment of all facilities utilized by the Lower Merion Police Department to identify opportunities to improve the Public Safety Building to address the needs of the department. Continue to invest in new technological devices to assist with daily operations and public outreach. This recommendation will be removed. Subsequent recommendations will be renumbered.

    F18.b Assess the current conditions of the libraries and identify opportunities for improvement. This recommendation will be removed. Subsequent recommendations will be renumbered.

    F19.a Routinely Prepare a long range study to evaluate future library needs and to develop strategies to maintain appropriate size of facilities/staffing and technological infrastructure to meet changing technologies, customer desires and customer use patterns. The long range library study should evaluate potential operational and cost efficiencies through ‘right sizing’ in comparison to the current benefits that a neighborhood-oriented system presents regarding community character and civic needs of the Township. (The Board directed staff to modify or clarify language.)

    F19.h Provide adequate staffing levels to provide Evaluate desired levels of service and hours of operation. (OR)

    Delete this recommendation entirely.

    F21 Establish an intergovernmental structure to coordinate long range planning and budgeting between the Lower Merion School District and Lower Merion Township.

    F21.b Work with the LMSD to understand land use implications resulting from increased enrollment public school facilities needs. Develop options permitting public schools to evolve to meet the community’s needs while balancing larger municipal needs as well as land use concerns of neighbors resulting from expanded public school facilities. Evaluate current public school Zoning Code provisions against various future enrollment scenarios.

    F24 Continue conscientious stewardship of public properties by dedicating funding to ongoing facilities improvements, identifying opportunities for public private partnerships and seeing innovative cost recovery methods.

    F25.c Evaluate the future use and identify potential opportunities for the Levering Mill House, if existing ownership/leasing model continues.

    F28 Identify a succession plan for departments that will be affected by a high number of employees retiring. This recommendation will be removed.

    F28a F27.d Establish a training program for government officials, staff and civic associations to improve efficiency/functionality of government/community groups.

    F28.b Establish task force of staff, elected officials, and civic leaders to outline program and objectives. Coordinate with local institutions with leadership training to facilitate training. This recommendation will be removed.

    F29.b Create a Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee to regularly report to the Board of Commissioners to ensure that the Comprehensive Plan is continually implemented. This recommendation will be removed.

    F30 Establish a system where the Township Board of Commissioners, School District Board Members and respective staffs meet to discuss shared issues, delivery of services, public communication and potential shared services. This recommendation will be removed.

    F30.a Continue to work with Lower Merion School District on joint planning, development, use and maintenance of ball fields and game courts (Parks & Recreation Recommendation, page 30). This recommendation will be removed.

    PUBLIC COMMENT

  3. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ADOPTION

    Consider for recommendation to the Board approval of a resolution in accordance with Section 302(c) of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) adopting A Comprehensive Plan for the Preservation, Infill, and Redevelopment of Lower Merion Township (Comprehensive Plan) dated September 2015.
    (Exhibit A)

    On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the general consensus of the Planning Commission was to support the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan. Section 302(b) of the MPC requires that the governing body hold at least one public hearing on the proposed Comprehensive Plan. The Board reviewed the Comprehensive Plan at a public hearing on October 28, 2015 and continued the public hearing to Monday, November 16, 2015. The Building & Planning Committee formally made a recommendation to approve the Circulation Element and the Water Resources Element on December 2, 2015 subject to the amendments discussed at the meeting. The Building & Planning Committee formally made a recommendation to approve the Land Use Element on December 16, 2015 subject to the amendments discussed at the meeting.

    PUBLIC COMMENT

     

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