This webpage serves as the clearing house for the Comprehensive Update to the Lower Merion Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations and will be updated regularly with relevant information.
This project builds upon the Comprehensive Plan process that resulted in a consensus-driven, solution-oriented vision for the future. The vision of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan is to "Preserve Lower Merion's classic residential neighborhoods, township's village cores and commercial areas to improve walkability, expand transit use, and encourage design excellence." A primary recommendation of the Comprehensive Plan is to prepare a new, user-friendly Zoning Code to achieve the community's vision.
The project launched in January 2017 with the Board of Commissioners' selection of DPZ Partners, LLC for this historic undertaking.
The consultant team is currently conducting analysis of the existing Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations. It is anticipated that the findings will be presented to the community in September. Please view the Project Schedule below:
Public Involvement Opportunities
The consultant team will regularly update the Board of Commissioners and the public throughout the project. Additionally, the consultant team will meet on a regular basis with a Civic Engagement Committee who will assist in informing, updating, and educating the public about this zoning effort. There will be opportunities for public input during the course of this project as outlined in the Public Involvement Plan. Dates for future public meetings will be posted as they are confirmed.
Gain a better understanding of the zoning project by reviewing the list of selected videos and readings compiled by DPZ. Many of the selected reading materials are now available through the Lower Merion Library System.
Meetings and Educational Sessions
- October 26, 2017 - Lower Merion Conservancy - Open Space Zoning Lecture
- October 30, 2017 - Panelist Discussion on DPZ Selected Videos and Readings
- November 9, 2017 - Lower Merion Conservancy - Historic Preservation Zoning Lecture
- 9/27/17 - Building & Planning Committee Presentation
- 9/26/17 - Civic Engagement Committee Presentation
- 6/12/17 - Civic Engagement Committee Presentation
Technical Proposal and RFP
- DPZ Technical Proposal
- Request for Proposals for Professional Planning & Code Analysis Services for the Comprehensive Update to the Zoning Code & Subdivision Regulations (RFP)
Township Planning Documents
- Comprehensive Plan
- Community Map
- White Paper: Assessment of Current Standards and Suggestions for Revisions