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-R-4 – 130 Avon Road, Haverford

Application to construct a freestanding garage. The proposed garage has been rotated and expanded since it was last reviewed by the Commission in October, 2019. The applicant also seeks Conditional Use approval to encroach into the front and side yard setbacks and to exceed the maximum building area and permitted impervious surface.


3. 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. Application was tabled in January and now includes the replacement of a non-historic garage with a larger garage.


4. 2020-R-5 – 936 Rock Creek Road, Bryn Mawr – Class 2

Application to renovate and re-face a portion of the historic home and a non-historic garage. Currently half-timbered Tudor-style façades, these areas would be re-clad with horizontal siding and undergo other modifications.  


5. 2020-R-6 – 549 S. Bowman Avenue, Merion Station – Merion Elementary – Class 2

Application to construct modular classrooms adjacent to the school.


6. 2020-R-7 – 549 S. Bowman Avenue, Merion Station – Merion Elementary – Class 2

Application to replace gutters and downspouts and asphalt shingle roofing with new materials.


7. 2020-R-8 – 301 Righters Mill Road, Narberth – Penn Valley Elementary – Class 2

Application to replace stucco cladding on the exterior of the auditorium stage area with a new material. The options being explored are terra cotta panels and terra cotta tiles.


8. PRELIMINARY REVIEW – 1310 W. Montgomery Avenue – Ashbridge House – Class 1

The Township seeks preliminary comments on a concept to remove the rear Victorian-era addition to the main house and construct a new rear addition.

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