Twenty years ago, Chester County made a choice. It chose to change – to redirect growth, to protect open space, and to revitalize its towns and communities. Have Landscapes and Landscapes2 been successful? The answer is an unequivocal yes. The citizens of Chester County, the county government, local municipalities, the business community, conservancies, and many others have worked extremely hard to improve the county.
With the adoption of a new comprehensive plan, Landscapes, in July 1996, the County Commissioners chose to work with their municipal, business, and preservation partners to keep the county’s high quality of place. Landscapes2, adopted in 2009, continued Landscapes policies, seeking to balance growth and preservation. Here is a summary of how the county has changed.