Task Force on Development and Affordability

The mission of the Swarthmore Development and Affordability Task Force was to identify and recommend strategies to Borough Council to preserve and expand reasonably priced housing in Swarthmore. The Task Force met from March 2022-March 2023 and submitted its final report on April 1, 2023.

Read the summary of key recommendations here.

Read the full report here.

Appendices to the Task Force Report

Appendix A. Task Force Authorizing Resolution

Appendix B. Attendance at Community Outreach Events

Appendix C. Swarthmore Housing Stories

Appendix D. Housing Affordability Forum article in The Swarthmorean

Appendix E. Community Outreach Events: Comments, Questions, and Notes

Appendix F. Expanding Development Report: Montgomery County, PA

Appendix G. ADU Standards: Mill Valley, CA

Appendix H. ADU Ordinance: Newton, MA

Appendix I. ADU Ordinance, Family/Caregivers: Westtown, PA

Appendix J. ADU Ordinance, Conversion to Rentals: Westtown, PA

Appendix K. Proposed Revisions to Zoning Code for Duplexes: Swarthmore, PA

Appendix L. Zoning Code for Duplexes: Sharon Hill, PA

Appendix M. Density Bonus Ordinance: Lower Merion, PA

Appendix N. Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Summary: Burlington, VT

White Papers on Housing Solutions

Accessory Dwelling Units

Co-Housing and Co-Living

Community Land Trusts

Housing Trusts

Income Qualified Housing

Multi-family Conversions

Density Bonus for Community Affordability Benefit


Task Force Meeting Minutes

March 1, 2022

April 7, 2022

July 7, 2022

September 9, 2022

October 6, 2022

November 3, 2022

December 1, 2022

January 5, 2023

February 2,2023