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Planning Commission

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The purpose of the Planning Commission is to guide and direct land use and development at the municipal level. This is primarily achieved through the following two ways: (1) development and implementation of the municipal comprehensive plan and (2) through the reviews of land development proposals and municipal projects. The Planning Commission is an independent advisory body. It makes recommendations concerning land use and development directly to the municipal governing body, which is then charged with making the final land development decisions. The Pennsylvania MPC is the enabling legislation that grants municipal governing bodies the ability to create a planning commission and planning department.

The Township’s Planning Commission is composed of seven members. The members are resident volunteers and are appointed by the Township Commissioners for a four-year term.  The Planning Commission generally meets once a month.

The Township Planning Commission is supported by staff from the Planning Division of the Township’s Building and Planning Department. One of the Department’s three divisions (the other two being Building and Economic Development), the Planning Division responsibilities include the processing of land development and subdivision applications and overseeing the development of subdivision and zoning code amendments, in addition to preparing long-term planning projects.

Historical Commission

Regular Monthly Meeting

Chair: Christian Busch
Vice-Chair: Melanie Piltch



1. 2019-SD-4 – 112 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bala Cynwyd – Class 2

Application to subdivide a property, keeping the historic residence intact. A previous version of this application was recommended for approval in July, and the applicant returns with a revised site plan.


2. 2019-R-25 – 130 Avon Road, Haverford – Class 2

Application to construct a freestanding garage adjacent to the resource and replace the cedar roof on the resource with Certainteed Landmark Pro asphalt shingles. A new addition to the resource is shown on the site plan but is not for review at this time. The applicant is also seeking Conditional Use to build the garage within the front yard setback.



Authorize Township Staff to pursue designation of historic outbuildings at 100 Maple Hill Road, Gladwyne.

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