“Our role [at Chestnut Hill Conservancy] has typically been reactive; the results of this study allow us to be proactive.”

Eileen Javers

President, Board of Directors, Chestnut Hill Conservancy

“As a guiding principle, we need to ask ourselves: what do we want to see, not what do we want to prevent?”

John Landis

Chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

On May 31st, the “Residential Conservation, Preservation, and Development Study,” directed by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and the Chestnut Hill Community Association, wrapped up with a presentation of the results from the study to key stakeholders. The study generated two primary results: 1) A set of development management tools. View the tools HERE2) A detailed set of maps illustrating the built and natural resources in Chestnut Hill. View the maps HERE.

The report of development management tools provides strategies for anticipating and guiding change in Chestnut Hill divided into three themes: 1) Preserving Architectural Integrity; 2) Managing Subdivision and Redevelopment of Land; and 3) Protecting the Wissahickon Watershed. The maps that were created as part of this study show character-defining aspects of Chestnut Hill including its environmental features, public and protected lands, historically significant and protected architecture, and zoning.

These results will guide community efforts to intensify open space conservation in the challenged Wissahickon Watershed. Along with improving the water quality of the Wissahickon, the study will be used to inform community decisions regarding the protection of historically significant architecture and priority areas for new development. This information will be especially useful in the fall of 2017, when the Philadelphia City Planning Commission commences the Upper Northwest Philadelphia District Plan, one of the final elements of the city’s Philadelphia2035 Comprehensive Plan.

This study was funded in part by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation’s Watershed Protection program and was led by a Steering Committee of community professionals (listed below), with assistance from the Natural Lands Trust, Philadelphia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and many community stakeholders.

If you have any inquiries or comments, please contact Executive Director Lori Salganicoff: lori@chconservancy.org or 215-247-9329 x201.

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS (and community affiliations)

  • Co-Chair and Project Manager Lori Salganicoff · Preservationist; Planner (CH Conservancy)
  • Co-Chair Joyce Lenhardt · Architect (CHCA)
  • Elie-Antoine Atallah · Architect
  • Richard Bartholomew · Planner; Architect
  • Barbara Baumbach · Realtor (CHBD)
  • Patricia Cove · Preservationist; Designer (CH Conservancy, CHCA)
  • Lexa Edsall · Planner (CH Conservancy)
  • Steve Gendler · Economist; Developer (CHCA)
  • John Landis · Planner, University of Pennsylvania (CHCA)
  • Maura McCarthy · Conservationist (FOW)
  • Mindy O’Connor · Architect (CH Conservancy)
  • Patricia Pregmon · Easement Attorney
  • James Querry · Landscape Architect, Philadelphia University
  • Peter Saylor · Architect (CH Conservancy)
  • Richard Snowden · Developer (CH Conservancy, CHCA, CHBD)
  • Henry Stroud · Conservationist; GIS Expert
  • Ian Hegarty · Philadelphia Planning Commission


  • January 26, 2017 – 7:30 – 10:00 AM – Steering Committee kick-off meeting
  • February 2, 2017 – 6:00 PM – Joint meeting with the Historic District Advisory Committee and the Land-Use Planning and Zoning Committee
  • February 23, 2017 – 7:30 – 10:00 AM – Steering Committee meeting
  • March, 2017 – to be determined
  • April 13, 2017 – 7:30 – 10:00 AM – Steering Committee meeting
  • April 21, 2017 – 6:00 PM – CH Conservancy’s special program Visionaries’ Roundtable: Preservation & Change in Chestnut Hill
  • May 11, 2017 – 7:30 – 10:00 AM – Steering Committee final meeting
  • May 31, 2017 – 6:30 – Unveiling of report to key stakeholders