LAND USE PLAN
land uses of adjacent communities are included as a reference.
Chief recommendations of the land use plan are as follows,
grouped by major roadway.
202 not only carries significant levels of
traffic within the Township, but its large office, service,
and retail developments make it a trip destination for regional
travel. The plan gives priority to future housing and office
development on the corridor. New office development on the
corridor. New office buildings are foreseen near the Schuylkill
Expressway interchange, the Turnpike vicinity, and between
Henderson Road and the Conrail tracks. New development along
Route 202 should employ shared driveways to help maintain
is scheduled for widening to six lanes from Schuylkill Expressway
to Chester county.
Gulph Road, which parallels the Schuylkill
Expressway (I-76) for most of its length, has a dual character:
office and industrial on the south side and residential on
the north side. The plan reflects this, calling for medium
density residential use (5 to 9 units per acre) near existing
neighborhoods and medium low density (2 to 4 units per acre)
in the Gulph Mills area. The Matsonford Road and Route 202
areas are targeted for commercial retail development. Elsewhere,
non-residential uses should only be permitted where residential
uses are no longer viable.
on/off ramp to I-76 is planned in the vicinity of Henderson
Henderson Road provides access to major industrial
sites in Upper Merion, such as quarries, landfills, and warehouse/distributors.
The plan recognizes the likelihood of some change to different
uses -- residential and professional/ office -- in the Route
202 area. The planned addition of a ramp to the Schuylkill
Expressway would establish this road as the Township's major
north/ south link between I-76, Route 202, and proposed Schuylkill
Road (Rout 23) was once active with heavy
industrial uses, including Alan Wood Steel, the Keystone Coke
plant, Monroe Quarry, and the Reading Railroad Yard. New uses
such as Smith Kline Beecham pharmaceuticals and chemicals
and the Renaissance Office Park indicate a new direction for
this corridor. The plan designates light and heavy industrial
and office uses, with public parks and open spaces along the
Schuylkill River. Additional housing development is encouraged
adjacent to the Swedeland neighborhood. Most developable sites
will require road improvements, and coordination with Bridgeport
and West Conshohocken Boroughs will be needed to address expected
Road serves as a principal east-west route
in Upper Merion. At the western end of the corridor are established
neighborhoods where additional housing "infill"
can occur. Land use is predominantly office and industrial
at the eastern end, and included the Renaissance Office Park
and the future site of Philadelphia Newspapers, Incorporated's
printing plant in Swedeland. Job Growth and its accompanying
traffic are projected to continue in this area. The Township
is proposing to extend Hertzog Road from River Road to Crooked
Lane to create an additional east-west connector.
Road, if extended, could create a potential
new corridor in Upper Merion. The existing road has limited
use, serving a small number of industries west of South Henderson
Road south of the Turnpike. As planned, the road would parallel
Conrail's Chester Valley freight line and connect with the
Route 23 interchange at the Dannehower Bridge.
vicinity of the Hansen road extension, a variety of land uses
are proposed by the Comprehensive Plan. East of Henderson
Road, industrial and utility uses are planned near the PECO
right-of-way, medium-high density residential to Route 202,
and industrial and medium density residential to the Bridgeport