Town Hall in Winter

The CHCA encourages a sense of community and works to improve the quality of life in Chestnut Hill.

Visit us at Town Hall
8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, 215-248-8810

From the Executive Director

Dear Neighbors and Friends of Chestnut Hill,

I hope you are all doing well as we head into what will hopefully be a cooler late summer/early fall. Even with the sobering news about the Covid-19 Delta Variant, activities and events seem to be picking up and we are all once again masking up when we go inside of public spaces in order to keep each other safe – please keep it up, we can beat this thing! Take a look below at what is going to be a busy September and October.  We are coming up on the 2 year anniversary of the Passport to the Chestnut Hill Experience, a member benefit that helps you support our area businesses and institutions. We would love to get your feedback about what works, what doesn’t and how we can improve it, please take the survey below and give us your input. The CHCA Canine Club has had a successful launch and we are looking forward to some fun dog-related activities coming this fall. Lots going on with many of our partners so take a look in our Community Partners section. It’s great to see the kids all going back to school, now we can just look forward to some crisp fall days.

Stay safe everyone.



Anne McNiff

Anne McNiff

Executive Director

Passport to the Chestnut Hill Experience


The CHCA values your input. Please fill out this short survey so that we can better serve you.

Click here to access the survey

Please log in to and make sure your membership record is accurate and up to date.

Log in with your username and password. For Log-in assistance view the How to Renew Online video on our renew webpage. Or call our office at 215-248-8810

Check that your name and the names your household members, 18 years old and over, are listed as the main contact, “secondary contact”, or an “additional household member”. Members whose names are included in your membership record information will receive a membership card and will be eligible to vote in CHCA elections.

If you require assistance contact the CHCA office at 215-248-8810

Upcoming Events

Register for the Sept 11 Birding Walk with Ruth Pfeffer.

Chestnut Hill resident Allison DeCaro, a principal with the insurance brokerage firm Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, will join expert risk consultant Rick Albers in presenting the latest advances in automated home protections including fire and security systems, water mitigation, personal cyber security, and best practices when renovating or building a home.

A free, virtual program, Ask the Experts addresses a featured topic by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care. Ask questions; get solutions!

Organized by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and co-sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association.

Registration required:https:–utilizing-technology-to-manage-risk/

Join Chestnut Hill Community Association’s

New Canine Club!

This new CHCA membership celebrates all the dogs and dog lovers here in the Chestnut Hill area!

Your pup’s membership includes:

The “Pawsport” to the Chestnut Hill Experience containing coupons for free items and discounts to area businesses (all geared towards our 4-legged club members)

Chestnut Hill logo bandana (show your Club pride!)

Information about local dog parks and dog friendly hiking trails

Doggie birthday acknowledgment

Chance for your dog to be on the cover of the 2022 Pawsport

Canine Club members events throughout the year

Current CHCA members can join the Canine Club for only $25. Visit to learn more and call 215-248-8806 to JOIN!

Canine Club Pups are Paw-some!

CHCA Physical Division Information

Projects Under Review for Variances

for additional information check webpage

1. 8624-26 Germantown Ave – Variance request for proposed sit-down restaurant in CMX1 zoning district

Documents and plans will be uploaded as we receive them. Review of this project may be postponed, pending update from applicant.

2.  8622 Germantown Ave – Variance request for proposed two-family household living in commercial district

Documents and plans will be uploaded as we receive them. Review of this project may be postponed, pending update from applicant.

3. 7715 Crittenden (Chestnut Hill Village) – For erection of recreation-related building with 90% FAR (Floor Area Ratio) On August 26 the CHCA Board of Directors voted to recommend the variance be approved. The ZBA meeting will take place on Sept. 15

Community Agreement Reviews

1. 8201 Shawnee Street – LUPZ Committee Meeting, Thursday, September 9, 8:00pm – Review of 8201 Shawnee Street Development per Agreement between CHCA and Bowman Properties. The community agreement can be found HERE. The Shawnee St. development details are in the “Parcel B” sections of the agreement.

Upcoming CHCA Meetings

2021 Upcoming Meetings

Note: Agenda items are subject to change. To confirm an item is on a specific meeting agenda, please email

Thurs. Sept. 9
Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting
Zoom Meeting

(Tentative Date) Review of 8201 Shawnee Street Development per Agreement between CHCA and Bowman Properties, Note: the agreement can be accessed HERE. (The Shawnee St. development details are in the “Parcel B” sections of the agreement.)

To register for the meeting, click here:

Thurs. Sept 9
CHCA Executive Committee Meeting
Zoom Meeting

Please call 215-248-8811 or email for meeting link

Tues. Sept. 21
Development Review Committee Meeting  

Zoom Meeting
Not yet set – no upcoming variance appeals as of Aug. 30, 2021
Go to  to review available documents

To register for this meeting, click here:

Thurs.  Sept 24
CHCA Board Meeting

To register for this meeting, click here:

Community Partners Events & Activities

The Friends of Chestnut Hill Library is looking for 50 volunteers for its Big Truck Book Sale Weekend, Sept. 25 & 26 coinciding with Fall for the Arts Festival. Weavers Way has graciously agreed to count hours as WW hours. Use link to sign up for a shift:

Current Volunteer List (add to this): Help With Big Truck Book Sale Weekend (

Capital Campaign Fundraiser for Jenks Play Area

For more information on the playground go to The Chestnut Hill Children’s Playground

This fall, explore every trail in the Wissahickon in the All Trails Challenge 2021!

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Don’t just live in Chestnut Hill, be part of the community.

Support year round fun, interesting and entertaining ideas.

Read your local paper produced right here, under local ownership, by real journalists and expert contributors.

Take a stroll and enjoy the shade of the tree-lined streets and know you are a part of keeping this neighborhood green.

Enjoy the Passport to the Chestnut Hill Experience, a membership perk with $1,000 in discounts and free offers from Chestnut Hill area businesses and restaurants

Don’t just live in Chestnut Hill.

Experience it.



Strengthen Your Social Connections, Volunteer at the CHCA

At the Chestnut Hill Community Association our volunteers collaborate throughout the year to bring our neighborhood vital, engaging and fun community events. We also have committees that help to promote membership in the CHCA, plant trees in our community, and plan year-round programming.

If you’re interested in meeting your neighbors and being a part of the fun in Chestnut Hill, give us a call at 215-248-8810 or email our office at

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 Chestnut Hill Community Association

8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118