Planning Commission Bids Farewell to Assistant Director David Ward

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 →

It's Official! Commissioners Adopt Landscapes3

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.
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Meet Planning Commission Senior Environmental Planner

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.

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Residents, Stakeholders Provide Input on Chester Valley Trail West Project

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 reportContinue Reading →

Join us at Landscapes3 Public Hearing

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 →

Natural Lands President Will Retire but Remain on Planning Commission

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 →