Planning & Municipal Development
Established by the Municipal Council in 1961, the Norristown Planning Commission is an advisory commission responsible for guiding smart development and growth within the municipality through the use of plans such as our Comprehensive Plan and also through ordinances such as our Zoning Ordinance and our Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO). Both the Zoning Ordinance and SALDO are to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.
Norristown is looking towards the future without forgetting its past. While the future cannot be predicted, it can be prepared for not only by planners, but by the community as well. Norristown encourages civic engagement in the planning process to ensure all stakeholders have a say in planning decisions.
The Comprehensive Plan explains the goals Norristown has set for itself to create a better community; one that is ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century. These goals include:
- Attracting and recruiting new businesses, offices and restaurants that will bring life to the municipality along with jobs
- Upgrade facades, storefronts and streetscapes in high volume areas
- Beautify the downtown area to attract new residents and business
- Encourage new development that improves Norristown's role as a cultural destination
- Maintain existing walkable neighborhoods and preserve their historic character
- Make use of vacant or underutilized buildings to attract new development
- Improve transportation centers within the municipality to attract more businesses around these areas
For more information on Norristown's Comprehensive Plan and the goals outlined within it, visit the Comprehensive Plan (PDF).
Norristown is broken up into different use areas called "zoning districts." The zoning district your property is located in determines what your property can be used for. The purpose of the Zoning Ordinance is to guide development that is in accordance with our Comprehensive Plan, as well as guide development that is convenient and beneficial to all members of the community. According to Article VI of the Municipal Planning Code, zoning ordinances should reflect the policy goals of the statement of community development objectives, and they should give consideration to the character of the municipality, the needs of the citizens and the suitability and special nature of particular parts of the municipality. Zoning is also necessary to facilitate coordinated and practical community development and proper density of population. For more information on zoning in Norristown, visit Norristown's Zoning Ordinance.
Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO)
Norristown's Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) contains regulations that include:
- Provisions for the filing, processing, review, and approval of all subdivision and land development plans
- Design standards and guidelines for the layout and configuration of lots, roads, open space, parks, public facilities and other physical improvements on property to promote development that is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan
- Engineering and technical standards that determine the manner by which infrastructural improvements are constructed.
For more information on Subdivision and Land Development, visit the Norristown SALDO.