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Feb. 1 Comment Deadline and Fiscal Impact Study Set for Zoning Overhaul

by Edie Cerebi A deadline of Monday has been set for public comments by the Cheltenham Board of Commissioners on the comprehensive rewrite of the township’s zoning ordinance that has been in the works for the last 10 years.  The commissioners also have arranged for a...
Posted On Jan 28 2016
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Final Workshop on Comprehensive Zoning Changes Set for Thursday

by Edie Cerebi The third and final workshop on Cheltenham’s Revised Draft Zoning Ordinance is set for this Thursday evening.   The focus will be on Mixed-Use Districts, an important new category not part of the existing zoning code, which is very much in line with the...
Posted On Dec 15 2015
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Cheltenham Board Issues Rejection in Latest Move on Kerlin Farm

The 79-unit mid-rise Kerlin Farm development project has hit another dead-end and possibly its final resting place after a three-year run for approval. On Wednesday night the Cheltenham board of commissioners voted to reject the sketch plan, an early stage submission in the...
Posted On Sep 18 2015
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Lynnewood Gardens Celebrates New Additions

Lynnewood Gardens, the large garden apartment complex in Elkins Park, this week celebrated the opening of a community center, a leasing center and a new fitness center.  The 9,000 square foot addition off Ashbourne Road near the intersection of Washington Lane, which broke ground...
Posted On Sep 10 2015
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Workshops on Zoning Code Proposal Canceled

In an unexpected move tonight, the Cheltenham Board of Commissioners called off the series of workshops planned for review of the proposal for revamping the township’s zoning ordinance.  The announcement was made at the end of the Public Works Committee meeting. Township...
Posted On Aug 12 2015
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A Primer on Major Zoning Changes – As Comrs. Start Workshops This Week to Assess Proposal

by Edie Cerebi Some say that sweeping new zoning changes across the township that foster business development could endanger the quality of life here, perhaps even change the basic community fabric.  Others say it’s about time that the clear need to expand the tax base through...
Posted On Aug 09 2015
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Zoning Hearing Starts for 216-Unit Proposal in Laverock

The next chapter in the seven-year saga of the Laverock (formerly Falcon Hill and Laverock Hill) development project opened Monday evening at the Cheltenham Zoning Hearing Board.  After the township just four months ago agreed to – even encouraged – a project of 18...
Posted On Jul 15 2015
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Age Restricted Zoning Repealed but Doesn’t Go Away in Laverock

In a unanimous vote the Cheltenham Board of Commissioners at its last meeting repealed a zoning ordinance that allowed developers to build large multi-story residential projects that override underlying zoning for neighborhoods of single family homes.  It was an anticlimactic...
Posted On Jun 29 2015
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Cheltenham Comrs. Primed for Another Repeal of Age Restricted Zoning

A controversial zoning ordinance that commissioners who voted for it seven years ago now call the “hammer” is set for a public hearing on its repeal in two weeks.  It’s not the first time. The Age Restricted Overlay (ARO), which offers development incentives for...
Posted On Jun 06 2015
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Zoning Hearing for Proposed Bent Road Group Home Opens to Full House

There were few empty chairs at the Cheltenham Township Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) Monday night where testimony began on the application of Salisbury Behavioral Health to allow them to operate a group home at 333 Bent Road in Wyncote.   The for profit company, which owns...
Posted On May 12 2015
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Sat. Was Big Day for Development in Glenside and Wyncote

This story was originally posted on May 6. Saturday was a sunny day with sunny smiles for boosters of commercial development in Cheltenham Township.  And why not?  Two innovative projects by the same developer were ushered in warmly with the obligatory ribbon cuttings and...
Posted On May 07 2015
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