Planning & Zoning Department
The Planning & Zoning Department staff interacts with the development community using a streamlined and business friendly model. Before acquiring land, closing a deal, or commencement with the engineering of a plan, a developer or resident who is contemplating a development project can meet with Township staff and consultants at their regularly scheduled meeting to discuss basic project scope and receive recommendation on how to navigate potential project obstacles. Upon direction from staff, and if desired, a developer can schedule a confirmed appointment to appear in front of Board of Supervisors at a regularly scheduled public meeting to present their project to the Supervisors and receive preliminary feedback. The Department processes applications for subdivision and land development, submits them for consultant review and presents them to the Planning Commission for consideration and recommendation. Permit extension verification can be provided for development related approvals upon request.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Initiative – Assisting Residents in the 21st CenturyLimerick Township is the second largest township in Montgomery County massing 22.6 square miles which grew from a rural community of just 6,600 residents in 1990 to 18,074 residents in 2010. The 2017 population is estimated at 19,000 and continues grow at a moderate pace. The local government records management policy is mandated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) through the Pennsylvania State Archives (PSA). The Township maintains approximately 100 miles of roadway, has over 7,000 parcel records and 600+ businesses. Other records required to be maintained include subdivisions and land developments, zoning hearing board appeals, rental property inspection reports, construction permits, stormwater outfalls, traffic signals, roadway signs, and the list continues. With population growth tripling in the last 20 years, traditional paper file management of records was becoming taxing and burdensome.
In keeping with Limerick Township Business Model’s expressed principal of improving efficiencies and reducing cost without a reduction in the level of service, in 2014 the Limerick Township Board of Supervisors authorized the Planning & Zoning Department to undertake a comprehensive effort to implement a Geographic Information System (GIS). GIS links maps to databases, providing enhanced capabilities for data storage, retrieval, management and analysis. By integrating information with location, GIS provides better, faster, easier ways for staff to find answers to questions, streamline interdepartmental communications and facilitate open records requests. Projected to span multiple years, the rollout included the purchase of GIS software, replacing employee desktops to tablets for portability in the field, and dedicated staff & consultant time to data entry of maps and records into the system.
Currently, the Planning & Zoning, Public Works, and Emergency Services Departments, are all utilizing the GIS system. In addition to electronic records keeping, the system has been tailored to facilitate each department’s operational requirements, assisting in management of daily workflow. Both township staff and township consultants have management permissions for the assets they oversee which can be accessed anywhere that internet is available. By streamlining the flow of information, township staff can provide accurate solutions in less time, which in turn saves money.