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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 Commission

Regular Monthly Meeting

Chair: Christian Busch
Vice-Chair: Melanie Piltch

The April 27, 2020 Historical Commission Meeting Has Been Cancelled.


The Historical Commission will not be meeting in April, 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 Historical Commission and the public. Public comment on these applications is welcome, and will be accepted until noon on Thursday, April 30. Comments may be sent to:

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


1. 2020-R-11 - 1415 Lane’s End, Villanova - Class 1

The applicant proposes to construct a garage addition and to make other modifications to the home, including changing siding material and constructing second floor dormers. 

This property was part of the Harriton Farm development. When approved in the late 1990s, all existing buildings on the property were designated as Class 1 historic resources. While some of those original structures date back more than a century, this particular home is a 1949 design by Walter K. Durham.


2. 2020-R-12 - 416 East Athens Avenue, Ardmore - Class 2

Application to replace a slate roof with Landmark Pro asphalt shingles. Slate on the rear gable end and dormer walls is proposed to remain. 

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