Throughout 2018, the Chester County Planning Commission was incredibly busy wrapping up Landscapes3, which is a wonderful product that reflects the commitment Chester County has to planning. The plan provides a template for growth and preservation planning for the next 10 years. Read on to learn more about the plan and the ways we will implement it in 2019. Continue Reading →
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 →
Every few years, the Chester County Planning Commission examines its fees for reviews of subdivisions and land developments, also known as Act 247 fees. At its January 2018 meeting the Planning Commission advisory board reviewed current fees, which haven’t been raised since early 2015, as well as the fees of other southeastern Pennsylvania counties and Planning Commission costs. The board is recommending a 10 percent increase in the current fees, along with creating a cap on the maximum possible fee, which does not currently exist. This cap is proposed to be $10,000. The Planning Commission advisory board will act on this proposal at its March 14 meeting, with a proposed effective date of June 1, 2018. View proposed review fees.
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
The Chester County Planning Commission is pleased to announce the Board of County Commissioners’ appointment of Molly Morrison to the Planning Commission. Molly brings a balanced perspective of growth and preservation to the Commission. Continue Reading →
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 →
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.