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Comprehensive Plan Awarded by PA Chapter of American Planning Assn.

Post Date:09/12/2017 9:25 AM

The recently adopted “Comprehensive Plan for the Preservation, Infill, and Redevelopment of Lower Merion Township” has been selected to receive the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association (PA APA). The prize is awarded annually to a community that advances the work of building and enriching communities, and is the top award bestowed by the PA APA.

“Preparation of the Comprehensive Plan was truly a Township-wide effort,” said Chris Leswing, Lower Merion’s Assistant Director of Building & Planning. “This was a lot of dedicated and visionary work over several years, by the members of the Township Planning Commission, Township staff and Commissioners, and with much input from residents during many public meetings. Members of the Montgomery County Planning Commission also made significant contributions. We’d like to thank everyone for their role in this.” 

The Township Comprehensive Plan was unanimously adopted by the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners on January 6, 2016. It is based upon the fundamental assumption that the Township is primarily a low-density residential suburb, and that local government actions should reinforce the vision of Lower Merion as “a great place to live.” The Plan provides clear direction for the community regarding future land use, transportation planning, stormwater management, community facilities, and housing needs. It replaced the Township’s previous plan, adopted in 1979.

The award will be presented October 24, 2017 during the PA APA Annual Conference in State College, Pa.


The award is named for famed architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham, who co-authored “The Plan of Chicago” in 1909 and had a hand in the design of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. He also designed the Wanamaker’s Department Store and Land Title Building in Philadelphia, and the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, among many other accomplishments.
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