Planning Commission

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The purpose of the Planning Commission is to guide and direct land use and development at the municipal level. This is primarily achieved through the following two ways: (1) development and implementation of the municipal comprehensive plan and (2) through the reviews of land development proposals and municipal projects. The Planning Commission is an independent advisory body. It makes recommendations concerning land use and development directly to the municipal governing body, which is then charged with making the final land development decisions. The Pennsylvania MPC is the enabling legislation that grants municipal governing bodies the ability to create a planning commission and planning department.

The Township’s Planning Commission is composed of seven members. The members are resident volunteers and are appointed by the Township Commissioners for a four-year term.  The Planning Commission generally meets once a month.

The Township Planning Commission is supported by staff from the Planning Division of the Township’s Building and Planning Department. One of the Department’s three divisions (the other two being Building and Economic Development), the Planning Division responsibilities include the processing of land development and subdivision applications and overseeing the development of subdivision and zoning code amendments, in addition to preparing long-term planning projects.

REVISED: Planning Commission

Regular Meeting

Co-Chairs: Charles Howland
Members: Anthony Vale, Harriet Ruffin, Richard Pasquier, Catherine Cantlin & George Ross


  1. June 6, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

  2. June 21, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

  3. CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATION250 Haverford Road, Penn Wynne Elementary School, Wynnewood, CU# 3771C, Ward 14. A Conditional Use request to hold ten parking spaces in reserve that are required for the recently approved modular classrooms as permitted by Zoning Code Section 155-95.1.

  4. *** TABLED *** PRELIMINARY SUBDIVISION PLAN419 Howard Road, Gladwyne, SD# 3770, Ward 2. A proposal to subdivide the existing lot into two new lots and to construct two new homes with 2,024 and 1,900 square foot footprints.

  5. AMENDMENT PLAN335 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd, LD# 3690A, Ward 9. A proposal to construct an additional floor onto the previously approved four story building.

  6. TENTATIVE SKETCH PLAN10 Union Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, LD# 3769, Ward 9. A proposal to construct a five-story apartment building with a 43,452 square foot footprint over two levels of parking.

  7. TENTATIVE SKETCH PLAN & CONDITIONAL USE PLAN6 Lancaster Avenue, The Palmer, Wynnewood, LD# 3768 & 3768C, Ward 7. A proposal to construct a four-story, 22-unit apartment building with a 12,471 sq. ft. footprint over one level of parking. The applicant also seeks the following Conditional Uses:

    • Zoning Code Section 155-95.1 to hold 134 parking spaces in reserve;
    • Zoning Code Section 155-152.C to exceed the allowable impervious surface; and
    • Zoning Code Section 155-144 to develop the property to the R-7 zoning district rather than the Open Space Preservation District.

NOTE: Applications acted upon at the Planning Commission will be discussed at the following meetings:

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
approx. 7:00 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
8:00 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Issues memos and conditions of approval for agenda items can be obtained by e-mailing Senior Planner, Andrea Campisi; Planning Technician, Carissa Koll-Hazelton or Planning Technician, Jillian Puleo Dierks.

If an application is TABLED, it is not forwarded to the Building and Planning Committee. To find out if an application has been tabled, call the Planning Division at 610-645-6140. If you have a disability and require auxiliary aid, service or other accommodations to participate in the proceedings, please contact Jody Kelley, Township Secretary at 610-645-6145 to discuss how the Township can accommodate your needs. When addressing the Planning Commission, please state your name and address before making comments. As a courtesy to all, comments made from the audience during testimony or Planning Commission deliberation are not permitted and are not included as part of the public record. Public speakers are encouraged to summarize their comments and limit presentation to three minutes per item. Speakers representing a group are encouraged to limit their presentation to five minutes. The Planning Commission requests that the audience silence their cell phones at the beginning of the meeting.


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