Septa's pitch toward "transit-oriented development" -- the kind of walkable retail-office-residential growth, near train and bus lines, that has drawn investors to Wayne and other Main Line villages -- is sparking debate out in Malvern, writes Henry Briggs here at Main Line Media News. 
Pro growth: "Malvern evolved from train growth", borough council president Woody Van Sciver, who runs Monument Management Corp., a buider, told Briggs:

"He feels added density around the SEPTA station is a natural evolution for the town; it offers a smart and environmentally sound alternative to, for example, the Great Valley expansion around Route 202 and 29 and the resulting growth in traffic and sprawl there. Van Sciver convinced Borough Council to spend $20,000 on a survey (plus $60,000 from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission) to ask business owners nad residents what kind of growth the little borough wants.
Not so fast: "Ex-Borough Council President and 10-year Borough Manager Pat McGuigan questions the idea of making Malvern more dense," Briggs adds. 
"It ain't broke; don't fix it. " he says. "This kind of development will fundamentally change the town. Malvern is unique in that it's a traditional village, the last one in the area. Other towns have become compact and contiguous. You can start at Overbrook and drive all the way to Exton on Rt 30 and it feels like you're in one extended town.
 “Malvern's blessing is that it's off the beaten path. You have to leave Rt 30 to get there. It's economically self-sufficient. People are happy. Children are safe. Home values are rising. It’s a great place... Just because the County or some development group wants to pump more people into Malvern doesn't mean the citizens have to do it."