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Lower Merion's Comprehensive Plan Process



The timeline for the updating the township's Comprehensive Plan:
 

Comprehensive Preservation, Infill & Redevelopment Plan

Policies, Programs and Projects to address issues and realize the community vision for Land Use,
Housing, Transportation & Historic Preservation
Background
Background Narrative
Analysis
Issues Report
Community Goals/Vision
List of Community Goals & Vision Statement
Elements
Recommendations & Strategies
PLANNING CONTEXT
Provide a framework for participation in comprehensive planning process

WHAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?
Review of state enabling legislation
History of Comprehensive Planning (general)
What does comprehensive mean?
Elements of a comprehensive plan

HOW DOES A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WORK?
Summary of land development process
Explanation of advisory bodies & planning agencies


THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN PROCESSHISTORY OF COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING IN LMT
Review of previous plans
Audit of 1979 Plan
Audit of County Comprehensive Plan



BACKGROUND
*What is an Issues Report
& how does it fit into comprehensive plan?
*What does an Issues Report do?
*What is the process?
*Next Steps

SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY
2003-2008
*Summary of PC applications/issues
*Summary of ZHB applications/issues
*Summary of other Advisory Body activity


SUMMARY of PROPOSED ORDINANCES
*List of Ordinances from 1996-2008
*Narrative explaining purpose & result


SUMMARY OF PLANNING STUDIES
*List of Planning Studies from 1998-2008
*Narrative explaining purpose & result

STAKEHOLDERS INTERVIEWS
2007
(civics, advisory bodies, non profits,
institutions, business associations, developers)
prepare public relations strategy to encourage public participation
(TV, Web, Newspaper,
Newsletter)


INVENTORY OF IDENTIFIED ISSUES

GRAPHICS
(maps, charts & photographs showing
distribution of applications & issues)
DRAFT

ISSUES REPORT
review by Managers Office
March 2010
Presentation to PC
Fall 2010

REVISED ISSUES REPORT
End 2010
review by PC/B&P
public comment

FINAL ISSUES REPORT
First Quarter 2011
REVIEW OF EXISTING GOALS
*Staff complies inventory
of existing goals
& vision statements
from previous planning
documents for evaluation


REVIEW OF EXISTING GOALS/VISION BY PC/BOC
at regular meetings

VISIONING EXERCISE/WORKSHOP
to formulate new goals & visions conducted by consultant

FINAL
TOWNSHIP VISION STATEMENT & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GOALS
LAND USE ELEMENT
Inventory historic land use patterns
Inventory existing land use patterns
(extensive analysis required including
trend development build out,
potential subdivisions
home occupations and regulating plan
for preservation, infill
and redevelopment)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ELEMENT
Review & analyze zoning
Review issues
Review goals
Recommendations


HOUSING ELEMENT
Inventory existing housing patterns
(extensive analysis -
including various scenarios
for affordable housing)
Review issues
Review goals
Recommendations
Implementation

CIRCULATION ELEMENT
Engage Consultant Fall 2010
Inventory existing transportation patterns/projects
(capacity analysis and evaluation of different
projects)
Incorporate parking plans/studies
Review issues
Review goals
Recommendations

COMMUNITY FACILITIES ELEMENT
Inventory community facilities and infrastructure
Incorporate Fire, Recreation and Library plans

PARKS AND RECREATION ELEMENT
Analysis of existing needs and capacity
Review issues
Review goals
Recommendations

HISTORIC PRESERVATION ELEMENT
Inventory existing Historic Preservation patterns
Update inventory
(analysis of potential districts & properties - how to
integrate into land use)
Review issues
Review goals
Recommendations


ENERGY CONSERVATION AND
WATER RESOURCE ELEMENT
Incorporate EAC Findings
Water Resource element required by MPC


RELATIONSHIP TO RELEVANT PLANS
(State, Regional, Adjacent Municipalities)

STATEMENT ON INTERRELATIONSHIP
OF PLAN ELEMENTS
Consistency matrix

IMPLEMENTATION MATRIX
Public Information
Ongoing Responsibility

*Regular television interview program featuring
members of the community discussing specific components of the plan

*Guest speakers discussing planning -
potential partnership with Lower Merion Conservancy, Historical Society
and Pennsylvania Planning Association

*Engage graphics consultant to help design
a user friendly document that translates between
the print and the web
Additional architectural graphics help may be required for visualization

*Website to post information & updates

*Website to solicit feedback & gather information

*Potential community survey to promote plan & gather targeted information

*Mailing in Township newslatter

*Mailing of Community Map with newsletter

*Staff picks of planning books in
conjunction with Library System
 

 
The 1979, 1954 and 1937 Comprehensive Plans have been either scanned to PDF or converted to HTML and can be found at Previous Comprehensive Plans.

Comprehensive Plan Links of Interest

To contact, participate, comment use: compplan@lowermerion.org or contact Chris Leswing, PP, AICP, Assistant Director of Planning at 610-645-6116.