About the CHCA
The CHCA is dedicated to improving the quality of life and encouraging a sense of community in Chestnut Hill.
Chestnut Hill has remained a vital community since its annexation with the City more than 100 years ago. The CHCA was formed in 1948.
CHCA encourages a sense of community in Chestnut Hill and to improving the quality of life in the community.
The CHCA has 3 areas of focus:
- Particularly to our growing membership of 1,600 households
- Provide a forum that allows residents and developers to meet and discuss imminent zoning and variance concerns
- We offer community events, including the longest running outdoor concert series in Philadelphia, an outdoor movie series, holiday parade, and more.
The Chestnut Hill Local is an integral function of the CHCA; it acts as a forum for community discourse to, in part, “publish all responsible points of view on the various issues presented in The Forum” section of the Local.
The CHCA maintains a permanent endowment, the Chestnut Hill Community Fund, for the preservation of the beauty of the community and the quality of life for its members.
CHCA Board of Directors https://chestnuthill.org/board_of_directors.php
Information on annual Board of Directors elections https://chestnuthill.org/annual_elections.php
CHCA bylaws (amended 2022) https://www.chestnuthill.org/docs/CHCA_Bylaws_as_of_7-25-22.pdf
CHCA Board Committees (as of 2/2022) https://www.chestnuthill.org/docs/2022_Committees_Feb_2022.pdf
CHCA Committee Descriptions
Circle of Trees Committee. This committee includes members of the business association and Woodmere Art Museum and arranges for a tree lighting at Woodmere and a visit from Santa during the holiday season. This effort is funded by generous donations from various organizations within Chestnut Hill including the CHCA. Approximate attendance is 500 adults and children.
Holiday Parade. The Holiday Parade committee works to plan and implement the annual holiday parade. This is a free community event and involves many community groups. The committee helps secure sponsorships to fund the parade.
Movies Under the Stars. This committee oversees the move nights that run on Friday nights in August at the Water Tower. Food trucks proceed the movie. Approximate attendance is 200-250 per movie.
Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert Series. This concert series continues to be the longest-running free park concert series in Philadelphia, and in 2018 celebrated 70 years of community entertainment. The concerts provide a venue for musicians to perform in a natural setting and for audiences to listen to international, American, and classical music. Audience members (500- 700 per concert) come from within walking distance, from throughout Philadelphia, and from nearby communities including Wyndmoor, Erdenheim, Flourtown, Lafayette Hill, and others.
Black & White Gala. This committee organizes the Black & White Gala, a fundraiser for the CHCA featuring lite dinner, music, and dancing.
Budget and Finance Committee. This committee reviews monthly financial reports for the Association, prepares annual budget recommendations to the Board, and monitors income and expenses.
Development & Fundraising Committee (formerly known as the Annual Appeal Committee). This committee raises funds for the CHCA.
Education Committee - TBD
Governance Committee. This committee reviews the Association’s bylaws and recommends amendments to the Board, for final approval by the general membership. They also review the Association’s elections and nominations for executive committee and appointed directors. This committee can form sub-committees with specific responsibilities such as the nominating committee. The committee is made up of board members, community members, and experts such as attorneys who may not live in the community.
Holiday House Tour Committee. This committee organizes the annual Holiday House Tour, a fundraiser for the CHCA featuring Chestnut Hill homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. Attendance is approximately 700 - 1000.
Hoops Madness Basketball Tournament. In conjunction with Matt Paul Basketball this committee organizes the annual basketball tournament held in March to coincide with "March Madness." A fundraiser for the CHCA, participation is open to children 6-18 years of age and adults too.
Membership Committee. This committee promotes CHCA in the community by working to maintain and increase membership in the Association. The committee works very closely with the CH Local
Technology Enablement Committee - This committee’s purpose is to streamline internal operations through the implementation of digital platforms and solutions
Development Review Committee (DRC)
. This committee is made up of representatives from the other Chestnut Hill RCO’s (the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, Friends of the Wissahickon), the CH Business Association, the CH Parking Foundation, the Streetscape Committee, the VP of the Physical Division, and 2 members of the LUPZC. Click HERE
for DRC Guidelines.
These committees often have a need for members with specialized skills such as architects, designers, and urban planners.
Green Space Initiative. This committee includes representatives from other Chestnut Hill Institutions and was developed to assist with community green space that is in need of development and/or maintenance. Also works with the CH Tree-tenders group.
Land Use, Planning, & Zoning Committee (LUPZC).
This committee has a maximum of 12 voting members. The CHCA President and VP of Physical Division are non-voting ex-officio members. No fewer than 9 of the maximum 12 voting members must be educated or practicing as architects, landscape architects, or city planners; 2 of the voting members shall be educated or practicing in complementary fields of law, real estate, finance or other related fields. The 12th
voting member can be used flexibly. Click HERE
for LUPZC Guidelines.
This committee is made up of members of the CHCA, the Business Association and the Conservancy to provide oversight and resources to businesses regarding the exterior of their business location. The committee assists business and property owners interpret Philadelphia zoning and licensing requirements as it pertains to items under the Streetscape Committee purview (see Germantown Avenue Guidelines