Zoning Code & Subdivision Code Update

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This webpage serves as the clearing house for the Comprehensive Update to the Lower Merion Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations and will be updated regularly with  relevant information.

This project builds upon the 2016 Comprehensive Plan process that resulted in a consensus-driven, solution-oriented vision for the future. The vision of the Comprehensive Plan is to:

"Preserve Lower Merion's classic residential neighborhoods, township's village cores and commercial areas to improve walkability, expand transit use, and encourage design excellence."

A primary recommendation of the Comprehensive Plan is to prepare a new, user-friendly Zoning Code to achieve the community's vision.

The project launched in January 2017 with the Board of Commissioners' selection of DPZ Partners, LLC for this historic undertaking. The draft Zoning Code was publicly distributed on October 24, 2018.


Project Status

Phase 1: Assessment and Analysis of the existing Zoning Code was completed in September 2017.

Phase 2: Drafting of the New Zoning Regulations was completed October 2018.

Phase 3: Adoption Process is underway. 

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • 10/30/19: Building & Planning Committee Meeting - Consider proposed revisions to Draft 3.1 Zoning Code
  • 11/06/19: Tentative - Building & Planning Committee Meeting - Potential continuation of 10/30/19 Meeting
  • 12/04/19: Building & Planning Committee Meeting - Discuss results of Zoning Code Testing

Background Materials

Presentations & Meeting Notes

Deliverables and Early Drafts

DPZ Videos and Suggested Readings

Gain a better understanding of the zoning project by reviewing the list of selected videos and readings compiled by DPZ. Many of the selected reading materials are now available through the Lower Merion Library System.

Technical Proposal and RFP

Township Planning Documents

 Please contact Carissa Hazelton or Colleen Hall of the Planning Department with questions.

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