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Zoning Code & Subdivision Code Update

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After three years and over 40 public meetings…
the new Zoning Code was unanimously adopted by the Board of Commissioners on February 26, 2020!

A Story Map including an overview of the Zoning Code, user guide, reference sheets, and a Zoning Map may be viewed at this link: Story Map   

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 was to prepare a new, user-friendly Zoning Code to achieve the community's vision.

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

**IMPORTANT NOTICE** The new Zoning Code was adopted by the Board of Commissioners at a public hearing on February 26, 2020. The new Zoning Code became effective immediately.



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: The Zoning Code was adopted by the Board of Commissioners at a public hearing on February 26, 2020. 

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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