The Chestnut Hill Conservancy, the Chestnut Hill Community Association, and a team of stakeholders and professionals are undertaking six-month study to help the community guide future development and protect priorities for watershed land conservation and architectural preservation.

The Chestnut Hill Conservancy has secured a catalytic grant from the William Penn Foundation’s Watershed Protection program to help broaden efforts to protect the Wissahickon Watershed from increasing development pressures. In addition to strengthening our easement program, this grant is funding a collaborative planning effort to identify conservation and preservation priorities and guide future development.

Taking place from January through May of 2017, the “Residential Conservation, Preservation, and Development Study” will allow the community to determine and communicate issues and priorities for residential conservation, preservation, and development in Chestnut Hill. By collecting, mapping, and beginning to evaluate previously unconnected data and plans, the Study will provide a flexible tool to prepare the community for informed public discussions and decision-making. It will be of great use for the future crafting of guidelines for development in Chestnut Hill. 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.

This Study is directed by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and the Chestnut Hill Community Association and 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 key stakeholders.

This Study is building on years of efforts and studies by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and the Chestnut Hill Community Association – as well as work by Friends of the Wissahickon, the City Planning Commission, and others – relating to significant conservation and preservation resources, land use, and zoning issues.

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 (giving Natural Lands Trust a few weeks to pull report together)