Welcome to the Township’s webpage focusing on projects involving the City Avenue corridor. This site will serve as the clearing house for information related to the proposed City Avenue District rezoning, and proposed capital improvements.
Transportation Connectivity Plan
In late 2011, the Township received a Transportation and Community Development Initiative grant from the DVRPC to fund a study to evaluate potential improvements to transit, bicycle and pedestrian connections to support redevelopment in the City Avenue Special Services District (CASSD) and reduce automobile dependency. The focus of the plan is to improve transit access and increase the percentage of transit trips to and from the district, by both rail and bus.
The analysis involved coordination with Lower Merion Township, the City of Philadelphia, the CASSD staff and Board of Directors, SEPTA and the DVRPC. The study incorporated public input from representatives of the surrounding business district, residential community, institutional neighbors and community stakeholders.
City Avenue Connectivity Plan 2014 (6.9 MB, PDF)
City Avenue District Rezoning
In 2007 the Township was awarded a grant by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the zoning districts on both sides of the corridor resulting in Zoning Recommendations that were presented to the Board of Commissioners in 2008. The proposed rezoning is intended to encourage higher density, multiple use, pedestrian-oriented development and more economically productive use of land parcels in the vicinity of City Avenue. Philadelphia enacted the City Avenue zoning district in 2009.
The City Avenue District is made up of three distinct areas including: the Regional Center Area (“RCA”), the Bala Cynwyd Retail district (“BCR”) and the Bala Village district (“BV”). The RCA and the BCR districts were adopted in 2012. The BV district was adopted under a separate ordinance in 2014.
City Avenue District Ordinance
The Official Map is a planning tool granted to municipalities by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code to allow for the designation of future public facilities on a map. The City Avenue District ordinance includes incentives for providing public amenities such as public gathering spaces and multi-purpose pathways. It also requires the construction of new, pedestrian-scaled streets to make existing mega blocks more walkable. The Official Map will supplements the City Avenue District by establishing the community’s desired locations for these future public amenities.
Public Hearings and Committee Meetings
City Avenue Transportation Services Area
Concurrent to the rezoning process the Township also recognized that the City Avenue corridor is facing increasing development pressure that creates a corresponding demand for municipal capital improvements. In March 2010, the Board appointed a Transportation Service Area Advisory Committee for the purpose of studying a Transportation Service Area (“TSA”). By creating a TSA the Township will be able to develop an impact fee chargeable against any new development or subdivision in the TSA to pay for transportation capital improvements.
The Municipalities Planning Code requires municipalities to complete a multi-step process prior to enacting a traffic impact fee. In March 2010 the Board of Commissioners completed the first step of the process by appointing a Transportation Service Area Advisory Committee (“TSAAC”) and defining the boundary of the TSA by resolution. The TSAAC is responsible for performing specific tasks required to allow the Commissioners to adopt a TSA. In August 2010 the second step of the process was completed when the Land Use Assumptions report was accepted by the Board of Commissioners. This report projects future growth and development in the TSA. The third step was completed in July 2011 when the Board of Commissioners approved the Roadway Sufficiency Analysis and adopted the Transportation Capital Improvements Plan by resolution. These studies identify current and future traffic conditions and establish a preferred level of service. This plan also identifies capital projects and includes cost projections of all designated road improvements. The Transportation Capital Improvement Plan serves as the basis for the traffic impact fee.
Traffic Impact Fee
City Avenue Transportation Services Area Studies
Ongoing and/or Recent Projects in the City Avenue Special Services District
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