Chestnut Hill feels like a village, but as part of the municipality of Philadelphia, we are regularly challenged with finding the best ways to advocate for the characteristics we hold dear in the face of change and new development. The Physical Division of the CHCA is on the forefront of managing change. Our volunteers work hard to help guide decisions that will have lasting impact for the community. Help us continue this important work. Make a donation to CHCA's Annual Appeal.
Attend the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's first public meeting about the District Plan for Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and Germantown
Monday, March 26, Time to be announced
Field House – Germantown Friends School, 5445 Greene Street (at School House Lane)
Monday, June 4, Time to be announced
Lovett Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue at Sedgwick Street
Review the report of the first meeting held on January 29, 2018.
Like each of the Philadelphia2035 District Plans, The Upper Northwest Plan will be informed by a series of public meetings to ensure that the plan's goals are compatible with community needs. This is the final of 18 District Plans that will guide Philadelphia's physical development, and make recommendations for zoning changes and public investments.
Mark Your Calenders: Philadelphia2035, is a comprehensive plan by The Philadelphia City Planning Commission. The Upper Northwest District Plan will guide our community's future!
Key issues are revitalizing greater Germantown, supporting historic preservation efforts throughout the district, planning for transit-oriented development along the Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West rail lines and at Wayne Junction Station, improving the pedestrian-oriented Germantown and Chelten commercial corridors, and retrofitting an historically and architecturally significant housing stock to meet the needs of contemporary households.
Join the Chestnut Hill Community Association, we will be there to represent our residents' concerns.
Please Review before the January 8 Meeting.
At the direction of the Chestnut Hill Community Association and the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, the Chestnut Hill Residential Conservation, Preservation, and Development Study was created to address community efforts to conserve open space in the challenged Wissahickon Watershed, improve the water quality of the Wissahickon, and inform community decisions regarding the protection of historically significant architecture and priority areas for new development.
One of the key deliverables of the study was a series of six maps that help to illustrate the lay of the land—a survey of what exists, and what’s at stake.
Review the Maps. Click on each map to enlarge and view at full resolution in a new window. Aerial, Zoning, Environmental Features, Protect Our Watershed, Existing Protected Public and Private Land, and Historically Significant Architecture.
Chestnut Hill Community Association: 70 Years of Development, Preservation and Conservation
We’ve been doing it longer than anyone else! The charm and visual appeal of Chestnut Hill does not happen by chance. It is maintained through the volunteer vigilance of the CHCA’s Development Review, Land Use Planning & Zoning, and Streetscape Committees.
No other organization in Chestnut Hill has been doing it as long as we have! In 2018, we’ll mark our 70th year of careful stewardship of Chestnut Hill.
Thank you to the past and present volunteer professionals in architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, law, finance and related fields who make this possible over the years.
Make an Online donation to the CHCA
or mail a check to the Chestnut Hill Community Association, 8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118.
The Chestnut Hill Community Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.
Fences and ZoningPlanning to Build a Fence?
Residential Yard Parking
As part of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is regulated by City zoning codes that maintain visually open setbacks free of vehicles. These regulations pertain to setbacks in front, side, and rear yards that are free of development and vehicle parking.
Chestnut Hill, by tradition, includes many properties that have no on-site parking, thus maintaining its quality as a walkable and transit-accessible ‘green-country town.’ We are pleased that the Zoning Code supports this tradition.
Some conditions do exist that would not be granted a permit by current zoning code. The photos on this page show examples of blocks have remained free of residential parking within the front yard setback.
Learn more about what to consider when residential parking
The CHCA and the Chestnut Hill Conservancy are partnering in a special initiative to address development issues and future planning for Chestnut Hill. A steering committee of community professionals have come together to work on the “Residential Conservation, Preservation, and Development Study,” intended to help the community identify issues and priorities and select tools that can be used to guide decisions.
The Study will prepare the community for informed public discussions and decision-making, and it will be especially useful in the fall of 2017, when the Philadelphia Planning Commission commences the Northwest Philadelphia District Plan, one of the final elements of the city’s Philadelphia2035 Comprehensive Plan.
Read more about this initiative.
Chestnut Hill Pocket Parks Partnership-An overview of the parks, programs, and green spaces throughout Chestnut Hill.