Join in the Town Tours and Village Walks

The 25th summer of Chester County’s Town Tours and Village Walks program will begin on June 13 at the historic Holy Trinity Church in West Chester. The theme of this year’s series is exploring the county’s villages “Then and Now.” There will be 10 more tours this summer – every Thursday night. Back by popular demand, two fall supper lectures have been added during October and December. The free summer strolls will take place in historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages, and sites throughout Chester County. These events are sponsored by the Chester County Commissioners through the Chester County Planning Commission and its partners, including Westtown Township, the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau, the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, the Chester County Historical Society, and other local participating municipalities. View more information about the tours or contact Chester County Heritage Preservation Coordinator Karen Marshall at kmarshall@chesco.org for a brochure.
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Meet Planning Commission Board Vice Chairman Doug Fasick

Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff or board members. Doug Fasick is the board’s vice chairman and has served on the board since June 2010. Doug, an Oxford resident and chiropractor, discussed how he arrived at the Planning Commission and also shared information about his life philosophy, interests, and more.

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Vision Partnership Program Relaunched!

We are pleased to relaunch the Vision Partnership Program! This planning grant program will be a critical tool in implementing Landscapes3 across Chester County’s municipalities. Multiple changes were made to the program to better implement Landscapes3, so we are requiring municipal attendance at one of two upcoming meetings at the Government Services Center for first cycle applicants: 1 p.m. May 15 and 10 a.m. May 30. Check out all the details.  Please contact Community Planning Director and VPP Grant Administrator Susan Elks at 610-344-6285 or selks@chesco.org with questions. The deadline to apply is June 28, 2019.

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Chester County Unveils Return on Environment Report during Open Space Summit

While surrounded by the rolling fields and wildlife at the ChesLen Preserve, Chester County officials – along with representatives from municipalities, land conservation organizations, and economic development agencies – celebrated the 30th anniversary of open space preservation and the economic benefits of these efforts during an Open Space Summit May 2.

As part of the summit, the Chester County Commissioners announced results of a study, Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County, and unveiled a video about the report. The video highlighted the valuable economic, environmental, and public health benefits that open space preservation has provided to Chester County for the past three decades.

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