Regional Planning Agency Releases Video about Long-Range Plan

Did you know Chester County is expected to be the fastest growing county in southeastern Pennsylvania in the next 30 years? In fact, there will be 146,000 new residents and 88,000 more jobs in Chester County in the next 30 years, according to Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) estimates. The DVRPC highlighted these facts and other regional trends and forecasts in “Connections 2045 Plan for Greater Philadelphia,” a long-range plan for the region’s future. Continue Reading →

Planning Commission's Demographer Available to Answer Data Questions

Have you ever wondered who to contact with questions about the Census and other data relevant to Chester County? If so, meet Chester County Planning Commission Senior Demographer Jake Michael.

Jake, who has an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification, became the Planning Commission’s demographer four years ago when his predecessor retired. Jake’s past experience gathering statistics about natural resources and animals was a valuable asset when Jake took over this role and started working on data collection for the U.S. Census Bureau.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Releases Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan

The Chester County Planning Commission released the Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan, which will serve as a guiding document for bicycle and pedestrian amenities in the Phoenixville region. The plan identifies potential capital improvements and programming initiatives to increase the safety and efficiency of the transportation network regardless of age, ability, or mode of travel. View the plan.

Planning Commission Welcomes New Community Planner

The Planning Commission welcomed a new employee in June: Community Planner Kate Clark.

Kate began working for the agency on June 25. As a community planner in the Planning Services Division, Kate will be working to implement Landscapes2 (and eventually Landscapes3) through direct assistance to municipalities. Through the Vision Partnership Program and other efforts, the Planning Services Division assists municipalities with comprehensive planning, regulatory updates, and special studies.  Continue Reading →

Second Round of Vision Partnership Program Grants Opens

The second round of the Vision Partnership Program (VPP) planning grants for 2018 opened today (June 25). Through VPP, Chester County municipalities are eligible for funds to assist their communities with comprehensive planning, ordinance updates, and other studies. The 2018 VPP Grant Manual and application materials are available online. Pre-application meetings are strongly encouraged, and can be scheduled by contacting Chester County Planning Commission Planning Services Director Susan Elks at The deadline to apply is Aug. 15. Learn more about the VPP process, as well as projects funded previously through the program.

Interactive Map Highlights Projects in Coatesville

The City of Coatesville is forging a bright future with many exciting public and private projects underway. In order to highlight and promote these projects, this past spring the Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance and the Chester County Planning Commission created an online interactive map. This resource can be found on the 2nd Century Alliance website. The resource is for public use, but it is also intended to inform and attract investors considering development in Coatesville.  Continue Reading →