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Lower Merion's
Comprehensive Plan Update
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Adopted in 2005, Lower Merion Township’s Open Space & Enviromental Resource Protection Plan is currently being implemented and will be revisited in tandem with the comprehensive planning process.


Montgomery County Comprehensive Plan (2005)
Montgomery County adopted their most recent comprehensive plan in 2005 and urges all municipalities within the county to,a,1407,q,40433.asp

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
Since 1965, DVRPC has served as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Delaware Valley region with a mission to provide “proactively shape a comprehensive vision for the region's future growth.” This nine-county region includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer in New Jersey.


Radnor Township
Radnor Township adopted their most recent comprehensive plan in 2003. The plan is available for download as PDF files. The mission of the plan is “To maintain the excellent quality of life in Radnor Township, preserving the community and its character even as essential changes are accommodated.”

Whitemarsh Township
Whitemarsh Township adopted their most recent comprehensive plan in 2003. The plan is available for download as PDF files. The Township worked with the Whitemarsh Township Residents Association (WTRA) to incorporate a more open space conservation orientation of the plan.

Upper Merion Township Comprehensive Plan
Upper Merion Township adopted their most recent comprehensive plan in 2005. The plan is available for download as a PDF file. The Township worked with the community to develop “image, orientation, values, and uniqueness in the evolution of planning.”

Philadelphia City Planning Commission
The City of Philadelphia is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance.

Narberth Borough

Haverford Township

West Conshohocken Borough

Conshohocken Borough


U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Delaware Valley Green Building Council


10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
10,000 Friends is an alliance of advocates committed to revitalizing our cities, boroughs, and older suburbs; preserving our farmland and rural resource lands; conserving our natural, heritage and fiscal resources; and improving the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. Their web site has many informative reports and information about educational events throughout the Commonwealth.

Place Matters

Sustainable Communities Network

American Planning Association (APA)

Pennsylvania Planning Association (PPA)

American Planning Association (APA) National Community Planning Month

Association for the New Urbanism in Pennsylvania (ANUPA)

Project for Public Spaces

Smart Growth America


Congress for the New Urbanism

Creative Class

The Brookings Institution: Metropolitan Policy Program

Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania


Lower Merion Conservancy

Lower Merion Historical Society

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

National Trust for Historic Preservation


These essential readings are available online as PDF files:

Lower Merion Township 1937 Plan

Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania
The Brookings Institution

These titles are available at your local public library or bookstore:

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns
Thomas Hylton

The Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville: Real Estate Development in America from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-first Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway
Witold Rybczynski

Geography of Nowhere and Home from Nowhere
James Howard Kunstler

The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Jane Jacobs

Silent Spring
Rachel Carson

The 1979, 1954 and 1937 Comprehensive Plans have been either scanned to PDF or converted to HTML and can be found at Previous Comprehensive Plans.

Lower Merion's Comprehensive Plan Update Process

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