Comprehensive Plan

Development Pic for Comp Plan PageIn early 2021, Cheltenham Township  began the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. Facilitated by the Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC), the process is being guided by a steering committee consisting of residents, elected officials and Township staff, and is expected to take two to three years to complete.

Valuable input from Township residents and stakeholders was sought throughout the process through a survey which closed in October 2021; results report posted below - thank you to all who participated). 
Our MCPC Planner, Anne Nygard, can also be reached at [email protected] and 610-278-3887.
There will also be a series of public meetings through which residents may give feedback - stay engaged for updates and opportunities to add your voice to this process!

Comprehensive Plans are provided for in Pennsylvania’s enabling legislation, the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) Act 247 of 1968, and serve as a road map for each individual municipality to help it plan for future growth and development. The MPC requires a municipal comprehensive plan to be reviewed every 10 years and cover a variety of topics including housing options, recreation and open space, traffic and road conditions, stormwater management, and business opportunities, to name a few. The Comprehensive Planning process develops a vision and recommends policies to achieve this vision.

Cheltenham’s Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 2005 (see below). Prior to the 2005 update, it was last revised in 1977. Major recommendations from the 2005 Comprehensive Plan include: 

  • continuing revitalization and redevelopment of both commercial and residential areas

  • maintaining and enhancing diverse housing stock and encouraging additional commercial development that is compatible with surrounding areas

  • accommodating office development to provide jobs and enhance the Township's tax base without sacrificing the residential character of the Township

  • providing safe, efficient transportation systems that balance automobile, pedestrian and public transportation

  • maintaining existing industrial uses within the Township, while allowing new environmentally friendly/hi-tech light industrial uses

  • maintaining and enhancing the Township's parks and recreation areas and encouraging the connection of open space

  • using existing community facilities efficiently and replacing obsolete facilities

  • promoting the Township's unique natural features and encouraging their preservation

  • encouraging the preservation or restoration of irreplaceable historic structures and landscapes.

The adoption of a new comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map in late 2017 and a new comprehensive Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance in early 2020 will have a significant effect on the recommendations of the 2005 Comprehensive Plan. In addition, significant changes in local, state and federal regulations affecting land use will require a comprehensive review and update of the Township’s Comprehensive Plan to meet new community development challenges and improve the Township’s ability to qualify for grant opportunities.