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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.

Shade Tree Commission

Regular Monthly Meeting (via Zoom)

Co-Chair: Richard Widmann
Members: Patty Elkis, Robert Witmer, James McKee, Przemyslaw Walczak, Barry Jeffries, Orsolya Lazar, Aaron Gross, Timothy Kenealy


This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Public participation via email to, by postal mail addressed to Shade Tree Commission, 75 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA  19003, or by phone to 610-645-6145 is encouraged and comments will be accepted until noon on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Individuals wishing to provide comments via Zoom during this meeting should contact Jody Kelley, Township Secretary at (610) 645-6145 or before 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.


  1. Welcome new STC members - Tim Kenealy and Aaron Gross

  2. Review February minutes

  3. Update from Township Arborist

  4. 207 Righters Mill Road - consider request to remove large shade tree for driveway

  5. Facebook page - continue discussion

  6. Chapter A177 (Plant Materials and Specifications recommended tree list) continue discussion

  7. Planning for the fall season (including plans to re-schedule Arbor Day planting)

  8. STC webpage

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