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Previous Comprehensive Plans

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1937, 1954, 1962, 1979 Plans

Hard copies of previous plans have been scanned to PDF or converted to HTML for viewing. Please note that some of these files are quite large.

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1979 Comprehensive Plan

 HTML format, only partially converted as of 12/22/2010

Volume 1
Table of Contents
Existing Land Use
Natural Features
Community Facilities
Circulation (in PDF format, 2.9 MB)
Volume 2
Chapters A - F (in HTML, partially completed)
Chapter F - Community Facilities Summary (in PDF format, 450 KB)
Chapter G - Transportation Summary (350 KB)
Chapter H - Planning Assumptions (140 KB)
Chapter I - Goals and Objectives (105 KB)
Chapter J - Policies (190 KB)
Chapter K - Land Use and Housing Plan (1.8 MB)
Chapter L - Parks - Recreation - Conservation Plan (1.3 MB)
Chapter M - Community Facilities Plan (730 KB)
Chapter N - Circulation (1.2 MB)
Chapter O - Implementation (290 KB)


1962 Comprehensive Plan

All files are in PDF format.

Cover (1.9 MB)
Front piece (1.5 MB)
Chairman Russell's Letter of Transmittal (4.6 MB)
Introduction (5.9 MB)
Goals (3.6 MB)
Regional Considerations (2.9 MB)
Plan for Circulation (13.5 MB)
Plan for Land Use (13.1 MB)
Plan for Community Facilities (16.1 MB)
Implementation (5.3 MB)
Conclusion (4.9 MB)
Map 1 - Topographic (20 MB)
Map 2 - Lower Merion and Environs (14.8 MB)
Map 3 - Major Street Plan (10 MB)
Map 4 - Public Transportation Plan (10.9 MB)
Map 5 - Residential Land Use Plan (15.9 MB)
Map 6 - Commercial & Industrial Land Use Plan (11 MB)
Map 7 - Sanitary Sewers (14.7 MB)
Map 8 - Educational & Institutional Facilities and Open Spaces (14.1 MB)

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1954 Comprehensive Plan

All files are in PDF format.

Cover (660 KB)
Title page, Front piece, Table of Contents (1.7 MB)
Chairman Russell's Introductory Letter - Summary (12.5 MB)
Chapter I - Population Forecast (8 MB)
Chapter II - Zoning (17.9 MB)
Chapter III - Highway and Traffic (14.5 MB)
Chapter IV - Water Supply and Waste Disposal (3.4 MB)
Chapter V - Parks and Recreation (6.9 MB)
Chapter VI - Public Schools (4.5 MB)
Chapter VII - Public Transportation (2.5 MB)
Chapter VIII - Business Centers (5.6 MB)
Chapter IX - Substandard Housing (1.8 MB)
Chapter X - Subdivision Control (4.7 MB)
Chapter XI - Township Capital Improvement Needs (3.3 MB)
Chapter XII - Tax Exempt Uses (1 MB)
List of Illustrations (1.9 MB)
Illus. No. 1 - No.15 (19.6 MB)
Illus. No. 16 -No.34  (16.4 MB)
Photographs - Gulley Run Park, Baseball, Schuylkill Expressway Construction, Schuylkill Expressway Construction, Ardmore Business Area, and Shortridge Development  (14.9 MB)

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1937 Comprehensive Plan

All files are in PDF format.

Cover (200 KB)
Front piece, Foreword, Table of Contents (2.2 MB)
General Views of the Planning Commission (16.5 MB)
History (8.43 MB)
Geography (2.3 MB)
Population (6.2 MB)
Highways (25.2 MB)
Automobile Parking (8.63 MB)
Recreation (17.7 MB)
Land Subdivision (3.39 MB)
Zoning (10.1 MB)
Housing (8.9 MB)
Transportation (5.5 MB)
Refuse Collection & Disposal (5.73 MB)
Water Supply & Distribution (2.13 MB)
List of Illustrations (2.2 MB)
Figure 11 - Population Distribution Map (5.3 MB)
Figure 47 - Recreation Master Plan Map (20 MB)
Figure 63 - Transportation Plan Map (4 MB)

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