It’s no secret that Chester County is a desirable place to live, especially since it has won many awards and accolades for education, leisure and tourism, employment, and open space. However, many people want to live in Chester County but cannot afford to do so. Continue Reading →
Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff members. Assistant Director David Ward, AICP is retiring from his job here at the end of December after 42 years of service. He has been a driving force behind smart growth and good planning in the county over the past four decades.
David has been a familiar face around the county, and he will be missed. Learn more about his life, career, and future plans. Continue Reading →
The Chester County Planning Commission office will close at 2 p.m. on December 24 and December 31. The office will be closed December 25 and January 1.
We are pleased to announce that the Chester County Commissioners adopted Landscapes3, the county’s next long-range comprehensive plan, during a public hearing on November 29th.
Landscapes3 seeks to balance preservation and growth across the county’s landscapes through six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. The plan recommits to core principles that will position the county and its municipalities for success, including resource preservation, revitalized urban and suburban centers, housing diversity, transportation choices, collaboration, and resiliency.
Continue Reading →
The Chester County Planning Commission recently was the recipient of the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Regional Planning Award for assisting with the Route 724 Initiative and completing the Opportunity Sites Map. Continue Reading →
Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff members. Senior Environmental Planner Carrie J. Conwell, AICP discusses how she landed her first job in planning and how she arrived at the Planning Commission. She also shared information about her life philosophy, interests, family, and more.
The Chester County Planning Commission will conduct its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 12. The meeting will take place in the Planning Commission offices of Suite 270, Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, Pa. The public is invited to attend and there will be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting.
Over 80 people attended the third and final public meeting for the Chester Valley Trail West Feasibility Study and Master Plan on November 7th to learn more about the plan and offer input. The goal of the Chester County Planning Commission’s meeting was to share and solicit feedback on the draft recommended alignment for the Chester Valley Trail West. This ambitious project seeks to connect Lancaster County’s Enola Low Grade Trail with the planned Chester Valley Trail Extension and the Struble Trail. The alignment identified spans over 20 miles and includes both multi-use trail and on-road segments. View the draft report. Continue Reading →
Join us at the Chester County Commissioners’ public hearing to consider adoption of Landscapes3 at 7 p.m. November 29th at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester. Landscapes3, the county’s next long-range comprehensive plan, will balance preservation and growth across the county’s landscapes through six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. Continue Reading →
Molly K. Morrison, a well-known advocate for protecting and conserving open spaces, natural areas, and farmland in southeastern Pennsylvania, will be retiring from Natural Lands at the end of 2018 after 14 years as the organization’s president.
Under Molly’s leadership, Natural Lands has preserved permanently more than 32,000 acres of open space – including landmark additions to their preserve system such as Bear Creek, Bryn Coed, ChesLen, and Green Hills Preserves along with Stoneleigh: a natural garden – and elevated the organization’s focus on stewarding natural resources and connecting people to the outdoors. Continue Reading →