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.

Planning Commission

Regular Meeting

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


  1. July 11, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes


  2. July 25, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes


  3. PRELIMINARY SUBDIVISION PLAN – 419 Howard Road, Gladwyne, SD# 3770, Ward 2. A proposal to subdivide the existing lot into two new lots, demolish the existing home and construct two new homes.


  4. SECOND STAGE PLAN – 706 Pennstone Road, Bryn Mawr, SD# 3758L2, Ward 11. A proposal to construct a new single family detached home.


  5. PRELIMINARY LAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN – 47-65 Cricket Avenue, Ardmore, LD# 3760, Ward 4. A proposal to demolish all existing structures on the properties and construct a five story mixed-use building with a 27,791 square foot footprint containing 10,738 square feet of retail space and 77 apartments. The proposal shows one level of underground parking and one level of at-grade parking located behind the proposed retail space, both of which will be accessed from Trolley Way.


  6. TABLEDPRELIMINARY SUBDIVISION PLAN – 306 Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, SD# 3766, Ward 13. A proposal to demolish two dwellings along Bala Avenue and three dwellings and an outbuilding along Cynwyd Road and construct seven new single family detached homes. Four of the new homes are proposed to be located along Cynwyd Road and three of the new homes are proposed along Bala Avenue. The existing manor house is proposed to remain.

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

Building & Planning Committee
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
approx. 7:45 PM
Board Room, Township Building

Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
7:30 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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