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 →

Forum Focuses on Current Planning Issues in Chester County

About 50 professional planners and municipal officials from the local area recently attended the Chester County Planning Commission’s fall 2018 Planners’ Forum to learn about current issues, including long-term planning at Longwood Gardens, understanding the Certified Local Government Program for historic preservation, and wayfinding signage for Chester County.  Continue Reading →

Join us at Chester Valley Trail West Public Meeting

Join us for our final public meeting about the Chester Valley Trail West study on November 7 at Gateway Church, located at 160 Cowan Road in Parkesburg. There will be an open house from 6:30-7:30 p.m. where attendees can view and comment on materials from the draft plan, and at 7:30 p.m. the Planning Commission will present the highlights of the draft plan and recommendations. Register for the meetingContinue Reading →

Meet Landscapes3 Project Manager Susan Elks

For over two years, Susan Elks has been the driving force behind a plan for Chester County’s future known as Landscapes3. As the project manager, she has led efforts to develop a comprehensive plan that seeks to balance preservation with growth across the county’s landscapes through six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect.  Continue Reading →