Montgomery County Planning Commission Update

From the APA - PA Southeast Section Blog:

The Montgomery County Planning Commission is busy with a variety of planning initiatives, including the new county economic development program and an update to the county comprehensive plan.  The planning commission is also constantly researching planning issues and advocating for good planning.  The results of this work are always posted on our website.

The county's new model Residential Office district is one new product.  This model provides guidance for areas with many small residential lots on busy roads near intense non-residential development, allowing homes to be converted to offices.  The model includes a number of unique standards, particularly in its requirements for common driveways and interconnections between properties.

Another new product is a series of six fliers on renewable energy.  These fliers address small-scale solar energy systems, small wind turbines, geothermal energy, outdoor hydronic heaters, and energy-conserving building design.

More model ordinances and green parking guidelines will be published soon.

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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