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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.

CANCELLED: Historical Architectural Review Board

Regular Monthly Meeting


The Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Historical Architectural Review Board Meeting Has Been Cancelled.

The HARB will not be meeting in May, though Township staff will be providing recommendations on two applications to the Board of Commissioners for their scheduled May meeting. Recommendations will be based on comments from members of the HARB and the public. Public comment on these applications is welcome, and will be accepted until noon on Monday, May 4. Comments may be sent to:

You can view the application materials on Sharebase by clicking here.


20-09 - 565 Barrett Avenue, Haverford - Haverford Station Historic District

Application to construct a rear addition and front porch onto an existing residence, apply new siding, and install a new side entrance door. New windows are to match existing replacements. In addition to the design, HARB will provide a recommendation on Conditional Use approval to reduce the side yard setback to 8 feet to allow for the addition as designed.


20-10 - 537 Old Lancaster Road, Haverford - Haverford Station Historic District

Application to replace non-original stucco on all facades with James Hardie horizontal siding with Hardie corner trim. Original wood window trim is also to be replaced with flat Hardie trim to match the original dimensions, though decorative profiles will not be replicated. 

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