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Mission

The Township's Building & Planning Department provides a high level of service and maintains absolute integrity and honesty assuring customers of the Department's commitment to safety, sound planning, promotion of economic development opportunities and the quality of life issues. To promote and protect the public health, safety and welfare throughout the coordinated and practical development of the Township as outlined in the Zoning Code. To partner with Township residents and the development and commercial business community to encourage development that protects and enhances the aesthetic character of the community. To balance the evolving needs of the community in a comprehensive manner which culminates in the safe and timely completion of construction and development projects.

Responsibilities:

(include but are not limited to)

  • Implementing comprehensive building & planning goals and land use policies by preparing recommendations for amendments to Township Codes.
  • Developing and overseeing long range comprensive planning efforts. Evaluating and developing Township land use policies for recommendation to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Reviewing subdivision, land development and Conditional Use applications according to Township Codes within legal time limits. Facilitating coordination with Commissioners, Township Engineer, staff applicants and their representatives, and neighborhood groups. Negotiating  solutions to development issues and providing recommendations to the various advisory boards and the Board of Commissioners.
  • Ensuring that Conditions of Approval imposed on zoning, subdivision, land development and Conditional Use applications are met.
  • Coordinating with the Township Engineer's office to review traffic and transportation proposals for subdivisions and land development proposals.
  • Maintaining and analyzing demographic, census, and land use statistics.
  • Preserving community character through open space, streetscape and historic preservation efforts.
  • Implementing and managing Township approved redevelopment plans including the Ardmore Transit Center Plan, the Bryn Mawr Master Plan, Bala avenue and City Avenue Streetscape Plans, Rock Hill Road/Belmont Avenue Transportation Service Area (TSA) and City Avenue TSA.

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Public Meeting: County Line Road Corridor Study

In the wake of the completion of a draft traffic study regarding the County Line Road corridor, undertaken in cooperation with Radnor Township, a public meeting about the study will take place on January 29, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Ludington Library Meeting Room (5 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr). At the meeting, a consultant will do a presentation reviewing the study’s recommendations and seek public input for the final report. 

The draft report recommends improvements to the corridor itself and intersections along the route, including a new signal at Roberts Road. These improvements include better speed limit signs, suggestions for safer parking and pedestrian equipment, a partial road diet, more effective roadway striping, bicycle lanes, upgraded ADA compliance, possible speed reductions, traffic signal improvements, changes to commercial driveways, and more. (The report can be viewed online here—see page 4 for the executive summary.)

“This jointly funded traffic study is needed so that safety improvements can be implemented along this busy corridor in Bryn Mawr,” said Lower Merion Township Commissioner Scott Zelov. “It’s important that we get the details right, and for that we need the public’s input.”

The analysis studies the 0.8-mile corridor from the intersection of County Line Road and Lancaster Avenue in Rosemont to the intersection where County Line Road becomes Haverford Road at Landover Road in Bryn Mawr. The intersections studied include where County Line Road crosses with Arthur, Roberts, Haverford, Landover and Conestoga roads, and S. Warner, Thomas, Glenbrook and Old Lancaster avenues. 

Lower Merion Township management, in consultation with the Board of Commissioners, has already offered some edits to be incorporated into the final report, plus there may be additional revisions because of public comment at this January 29th meeting. The final report will be considered by the Board of Commissioners at both townships for possible inclusion in future capital budgets. Additionally, any improvements selected will need to be presented to PennDOT and other relevant agencies for approval prior to implementation.

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