Final Call to Participate in Landscapes3 Public Survey

Have we heard from you?

We have heard from over 5,000 people through our Landscapes3 public survey, helping guide the future of Chester County, but we are looking for even more participation. If you haven’t already, please share your priorities and preferences for Chester County’s future in the survey, and spread the word to friends, family, and co-workers by clicking here.

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Chester County Commissioners Establish Landscapes3 Steering Committee

The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced this week the next step in the Landscapes3 process — the creation of a steering committee to guide the development of the new county comprehensive plan.

The steering committee will be co-chaired by three Chester County leaders representing key sectors of the county’s drive to balance growth and preservation: Chris Alonzo, president of Pietro Industries and chair of the Chester County Agricultural Development Council; Matthew Hammond, P.E., executive vice president of Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. and chair of the Chester County Planning Commission; and Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands and a member of the Chester County Planning Commission.  Continue Reading →

Heritage Preservation Coordinator Discusses Her Role, Town Tours

Karen Marshall landed the position she had long admired as heritage preservation coordinator for Chester County while–as the saying goes–she was busy making other plans.

Karen’s passion for preservation and historic districts became her profession later in life after working as a marketing consultant for TV stations throughout the country. Even while she was a marketer, she still gravitated toward the historic districts in different states and did some work for cultural and historical organizations. For instance, she was a performance coordinator for the President’s Office at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and she was also a marketing consultant for historic and cultural sites in Baltimore, Maryland.

But Chester County was her favorite place by far. She had been attending Chester County Day, an annual house tour organized by the Women’s Auxiliary to Chester County Hospital that features historic homes and gardens, for years before moving here.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Shares Highlights of Landscapes3 Topical Surveys

Public engagement for Landscapes3 has occurred in a variety of ways in recent months — stakeholder meetings, topic specific surveys, presentations to more than 20 groups, and outreach at community events (check our calendar for where we’ll be next) — and we will be launching our public survey on May 15. The public survey is an interactive, highly visual survey that asks about priorities and preferences for the future of Chester County. As we get ready for that survey, here’s a look back at the logistical details on our topic specific surveys from 2016:  Continue Reading →

FEMA to Discuss New Floodplain Maps at Open House

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated the Chester County Flood Insurance Rate Maps to revise floodplain boundaries for the Octoraro, Brandywine, Red Clay and White Clay Creek watersheds. These changes to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps are final and go into effect Sept. 29, 2017.

Stop by the FEMA Open House and FEMA staff will show property owners the revised floodplain boundary mapping, explain what it means and answer questions. This event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 20 in Room 171 of the Chester County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester.  Continue Reading →

Local Officials Receive Statewide Awards

Chester County Planning Commission Executive Director Brian O’Leary and officials from two local townships received awards from Governor Tom Wolf for their dedication to strengthening communities and providing assistance to residents.

“It’s a great honor receiving this award along with the other honorees, and it’s wonderful to see the state acknowledge the work done by so many people at the local level to improve our communities,” Brian said.

Brian, along with East Goshen and Kennett townships, were among 10 government officials and 11 communities from across Pennsylvania that received awards in Harrisburg on April 12 as part of the 21st Annual Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission to Host Commercial Landscapes Symposium

The Chester County Planning Commission will be hosting a Commercial Landscapes Symposium from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. June 7 at the Penn State Great Valley campus. The planning series focuses on trends and potential strategies to address changes in retail centers, office parks, transit centers, and old industrial properties around the county.

The featured speaker will be James Cook, the Americas Director of Retail Research at Jones Lang Lasalle, who will discuss the future of commercial real estate in Chester County and the Philadelphia region. There also will be a panel discussion with experts. Click here to register for the event. 

Planning Commission Provides Update about Landscapes3

The Chester County Planning Commission continues to advance the development of Landscapes3, the county’s next comprehensive plan, with the help of partners, stakeholders, and the public.

As part of this process, the Planning Commission has gathered experts’ opinions during stakeholder meetings about preservation, agriculture, housing, utilities and infrastructure, transportation, and economic development. The stakeholder meetings are wrapping up with one more about community health, which will take place from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. May 18 at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Assistant Director Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Chester County Planning Commission Assistant Director David Ward has always appreciated the uniqueness of communities. That passion started when he was young.

That’s why it’s fitting that he has worked for the Planning Commission — an organization that assists communities with future growth and preservation — for four decades. He celebrated his 40th anniversary with the agency on April 4.  Continue Reading →