Commercial Landscapes Series Released

The Planning Commission debuted its recently completed Commercial Landscapes series at an event featuring experts who shared ways for municipalities, developers, and consultants to better position themselves for economic development success. The series includes four reports that discuss how current trends are affecting office parks, retail, brownfield, and train station areas throughout the county and provides recommendations for the continued health of our commercial landscapes.  Continue Reading →

Take our Survey!

The Chester County Planning Commission has some exciting news to share as it continues to advance development of Landscapes3, the next comprehensive plan for the county, with the help of partners, stakeholders, and the public. As part of this process, the agency released a public survey today to gather additional input about the plan from county residents and anyone interested in the future of Chester County.

“Public input is critical for making Landscapes3 the best plan possible,” said Chester County Planning Commission Executive Director Brian O’Leary. “Your input will help determine the vision and priorities for the county.”

The survey seeks to gather feedback on several issues, including growth, open space and environment, sense of place, modern infrastructure, transportation, the economy, healthy lifestyles, and housing options. It will be available to the public for about a month. Click here to participate in the survey.

County Commissioners recognize winners of Landscapes3 photo competition

Chester County Planning Commission’s photo contest, Show Us Your Favorite Place in Chester County, set out to engage the public in the development of Landscapes3, the county’s next Comprehensive Plan. From the county’s working agricultural lands to its urban main streets, participants shared 375 favorite places. The contest was intended to get a different  view on what places are valued in Chester County, and the perspectives offered were varied but still quintessential Chester County – open space, farmland, farm stands, main streets and side streets, community parks, streams and lakes, historic buildings, community events, walking trails, and bridges.  Continue Reading →

Senior Staff member departs from the Planning Commission

Tom West, Technical Services Director of the Chester County Planning Commission staff, will be leaving his post after thirty years of dedicated service.  Over his tenure at the Commission, Tom has held a position in nearly every division; from subdivision review to developing products using Geographic Information System software.  He has seen the evolution of technology from typewriters to computer networks. He became fluent in both planning jargon and technical language and could bridge planning issues with technical solutions. Continue Reading →

Spring Classes Announced

We are pleased to share the spring dates for the Master Planner Courses in Community Planning, Zoning, and Zoning Administration taking place at the West Chester University Graduate Center. These courses are designed to help municipal officials and land use professionals navigate the rules that govern land use in Pennsylvania. There are no pre-requisites to take the courses and any citizen who is interested in land use is welcome to enroll. Classes begin at 6:30 pm and are accredited for continuing education for attorneys, engineers, realtors, appraisers and licensed landscape architects. Continue Reading →

Landscapes2 Index Report Card 2015

We have just released the Landscapes2 Index Report Card 2015, which shows how 16 different planning related measures have changed since Landscapes2 was adopted in 2009. This report, which can be viewed here, is published each year to provide a long-term planning perspective. This report presents recent trends that relate to the preservation of open space, land development, housing features, transportation, and the local economy. A notable recent improvement revealed by this report was the increase in the amount of housing in proposed growth areas, which may reflect the desire for more multi-family and rental units, especially in walkable areas.

$52.9 million in grants to support Multimodal projects

On December 6th Governor Wolf announced $52.9 million in grant awards towards the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) Program.  Funding for this program was established by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Transportation Bill,  which was signed into law in 2013 by Governor Corbett.  The MTF addresses ports and waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, transit, and bicycle and pedestrian projects. Five projects in Chester County were the recipient of these awards totaling $3.25 million, as follows: Continue Reading →

December Planning Commission Agenda Announced

The Chester County Planning Commission will hold their final public meeting of the year on December 14 at 2:00. The meeting is held in the Planning Commission offices of Suite 270, Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA. In addition to nominating officers for 2017, the agenda includes the following presentations and action items:  Continue Reading →

700+ survey responses; is yours one of them?

To date we’ve had more than 700 surveys completed across all seven stakeholder topic areas.  Many thanks to those who have taken the time to provide their thoughts through the surveys.  If you  haven’t participated in our topic-specific surveys there is still time.  Surveys for each topic area are now posted, with each survey staying open for three months after the initial meeting.  For the Preservation topic, this means the survey will be closing December 12th; Community Health, the most recent topic, will close March 6th.  Continue Reading →