Radnor Township needed a consultant to assist with multiple planning issues. First was a proposal to redevelop a key site along I-476 into a mixed-use development. Challenges included opposition from a competing developer and accommodating increased density while minimizing traffic. The Township wanted an impartial opinion of the maximum build-out under its current zoning ordinance. A second matter involved a university’s campus expansion and its impacts to residents. The expansion comprised a 1,100-bed dorm, a parking garage, and other facilities. Residents were concerned about traffic, noise, and privacy.
RETTEW’s planning staff offered unique perspectives to the Township, drawing upon our experience in developing plans and ordinances in both the private and public sectors. Our successful work with stakeholders and the public to resolve land use matters helped the Township address some of these challenges. We provided them with an objective scenario of the proposed mixed-use development and its impacts. We also represented affected residents’ concerns to the University, resulting in the integration of noise reduction, landscape buffering, and other protection measures into the expansion plans. Lastly, we helped draft a new mixed-use development ordinance offering flexibility in allowable redevelopment uses, while simultaneously managing development intensity.