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. Reorganization


2. 2020-IA-1 – 1550 Monk Road, Gladwyne – Monk’s Elbow

Application to list this currently undesignated property as a Class 1 historic resource.

3. 2019-R-20 – 6 Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd – Class 2

Application to renovate and construct additions onto a historic house as part of an expansion of the French International School and construct a new building on the campus. Application was tabled in September 2019.

4. 2020-R-2 – 202 Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd – Class 2
Application to modify a stone commercial structure to more closely match historic precedent, including constructing a pent roof and arched doorway at the storefront level and replacing glass blocks with windows on the side elevation.

5. 2020-R-3 – 423 Dove Lake Road, Gladwyne – Dove Lake Farm – Class 2
Application to modify a residence by removing additions and porches, renovating the historic core of the building, and adding a new rear addition. 

6. INFORMAL REVIEW – 936 Rock Creek Road, Bryn Mawr – Class 2
Applicant seeks preliminary comments on a proposed renovation of a non-historic garage, which would be re-clad with horizontal siding and undergo other modifications. Currently the garage has a half-timbered Tudor-style façade.


Recommendations of the Historical Commission will be reviewed by the Building & Planning Committee on Wednesday, February 12 and voted on by the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, February 19.

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