Chester County Officials Highlight New Protected Open Space Data

When it comes to protected open space in Chester County, one thing is certain: It’s a priority for county officials to maintain it for future generations.

Since 2000, the Planning Commission has collected information summarizing the amount of open space protected in Chester County each year. This information is gathered from municipalities, land trusts, and various other state and county agencies. It is then mapped using the county’s Protected Open Space Tracking (POST) system, a web-based database and mapping program.  Continue Reading →

Residents, Officials Provide Feedback on Landscapes3

Thanks to those who participated in our April 10th Landscapes3 public meeting at the New Garden Township Building. More than 60 attendees provided feedback at the various stations, heard about the current status of the draft plan, and asked a range of questions. Hopefully attendees found the meeting’s information as valuable as we found their input! Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Welcomes New Transportation Planner

The Planning Commission welcomed a new employee in March: Transportation Planner Brian J. Donovan.

Brian began working for the agency on March 26. As a transportation planner in the Transportation Services Division, Brian will coordinate with local transportation management agencies and participate in the planning for our public transportation routes, regional rail stations, and major roadway corridors.  Continue Reading →

Census Estimates Show Growth in Chester County

Chester County was the only suburban county to outpace the City of Philadelphia in population growth, according to the most recent Census estimates. The county’s population was estimated to have increased by 3.9 percent between 2010 and 2017 in comparison to 3.4 percent in Philadelphia. The number of new residents for the county in 2017 was 2,804 in comparison to a more modest increase of 1,263 new residents in 2016. The county’s growth was nearly evenly split between natural increase (births versus deaths) and migration into Chester County.  Continue Reading →

Examining Housing Trends in Chester County

Over the past decade, residential development in Chester County has been gravitating toward multifamily and attached units versus single-family detached homes – a trend that continued last year. To put that in perspective, there were over 2,400 multifamily and attached units proposed in 2017 versus about 700 single-family detached homes.  Continue Reading →

Join us at April 10th Landscapes3 Public Meeting

As we continue to advance the development of Landscapes3, Chester County’s next long-range comprehensive plan, we encourage municipal officials and residents to attend our upcoming Landscapes3 public meeting to comment on the plan’s draft map, goals, and objectives. Please join us for the second public meeting this spring, which will take place April 10 at the New Garden Township Building, located at 299 Starr Road, Landenberg, Pa., 19350.  Continue Reading →

Township Association Conducts Successful Conference

Over 75 township supervisors from across Chester County attended a recent conference to learn more about various topics, including autonomous vehicles, economic development strategies, the nationwide opioid crisis, affordable housing, and pipelines.

The Chester County Planning Commission partnered with the Chester County Association of Township Officials (CCATO) to make the organization’s spring 2018 conference a success. Planning Commission staff participated in four of the five breakout sessions and staffed a booth to promote the agency and the progress being made on Landscapes3, the county’s next-long range plan. Continue Reading →

Historic Preservation Inspires a Welcoming Gateway for Tredyffrin

What began as a plan to demolish a historic inn turned into a preservation story that was a win for the community!

A number of stakeholders including Summit Realty Advisors, the developer, and Tredyffrin Township worked on a compromise plan after more than 4,000 residents signed a petition calling for the preservation of the inn.  Continue Reading →

Public Shares Ideas on Landscapes3

Many thanks to those who were able to join us at the first public meeting of 2018 for Landscapes3! We appreciate the level of interest in Chester County’s next comprehensive plan. Meeting attendees asked great questions and explored eight stations focused on different aspects of the plan. These ideas will be considered as the plan is developed.

Six of the stations focused on the plan’s goal areas – Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. The goal areas reflect the core themes brought forth during the development of Landscapes3. Planning Commission staff was available at each station to address comments or questions. An additional station provided the draft map for review and comment, in both hard copy format and the interactive format. The last station provided attendees the opportunity to consider what amenities they wanted the plan to support (such as active recreation parks or pedestrian amenities), and where in the landscapes those amenities belong.  Continue Reading →

Landscapes3 Draft Goals, Objectives, and Map Released for Review

If you are a Chester County resident or municipal official who has an interest in the county’s future, please check out the latest developments of Landscapes3, the county’s next comprehensive plan. In particular, we at the Chester County Planning Commission are asking for comments of the plan’s draft goals, objectives, and mapContinue Reading →