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.

Health Advisory Council

Township of Lower Merion 


Monday, March 2, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Township Administration Building

2nd Floor, Caucus Room 


Chair:                          Hillary C.M. Nelson, PhD, MPH  

Members:                    Christine Stallkamp, MD, FAAFP

                                    Louis Rossman, DMD

                                    Karen L. Anderson, RN, BSN, MS

                                    William Leopold, MSSA, MBA

                                    Eddy Bresnitz, M.D., M.S. 

Staff:                           Commissioner Gilda Kramer, Health Committee Chair                   

                                    Robert Duncan, Assistant Manager

                                    Scott Houchins, Building & Planning Dept.                                                            



  1. Chair’s report
  2. Staff report
  3. Opioid crisis and use of Narcan discussion with Police Superintendent McGrath
  4. Food insecurity in Lower Merion/SNAP program update
  5. “Health in all Policies” policy
  6. Old Business / New Business
  7. Next meeting: April 6, 2020 

Health Advisory Council meetings, 2020 (tentative)


  • March 2, 2020
  • April 6, 2020
  • May 4, 2020
  • June 1, 2020
  • July 6, 2020
  • No August 2020 meeting
  • September 14, 2020
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