Second Round of Vision Partnership Program Grants Opens

The second round of the Vision Partnership Program (VPP) planning grants for 2018 opened today (June 25). Through VPP, Chester County municipalities are eligible for funds to assist their communities with comprehensive planning, ordinance updates, and other studies. The 2018 VPP Grant Manual and application materials are available online. Pre-application meetings are strongly encouraged, and can be scheduled by contacting Chester County Planning Commission Planning Services Director Susan Elks at The deadline to apply is Aug. 15. Learn more about the VPP process, as well as projects funded previously through the program.

Interactive Map Highlights Projects in Coatesville

The City of Coatesville is forging a bright future with many exciting public and private projects underway. In order to highlight and promote these projects, this past spring the Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance and the Chester County Planning Commission created an online interactive map. This resource can be found on the 2nd Century Alliance website. The resource is for public use, but it is also intended to inform and attract investors considering development in Coatesville.  Continue Reading →

Join in the Town Tours and Village Walks

The 24th summer of Chester County’s Town Tours & Village Walks will begin on June 14 at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. The theme of this year’s series is exploring the county’s roots of industry and innovation. There will be 10 more free tours this summer, mainly every Thursday night. The free summer strolls will take place in historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages, and sites throughout Chester County.  Continue Reading →

Census Data Shows Population Increases in Municipalities

Based on the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, Chester County grew by over 20,000 residents from 2010 to 2017, an increase of 4 percent. In terms of numerical population increases, Chester County ranked fourth in the state, behind Philadelphia, Montgomery and Lancaster counties. Clearly the population growth is concentrating in the southeastern part of the state.  Continue Reading →

Public Input Helps Shape Landscapes3

Municipal representatives and residents in western Chester County provided input on Landscapes3, the county’s next plan for the future, during the fourth and final spring public meeting, which took place at the Public Safety Training Campus in South Coatesville on May 16.

Attendees were able to view display boards, take part in activities, listen to a presentation on the current status, and most importantly, share their comments and questions on issues to be considered in the county’s next comprehensive plan. During the question and answer period of the meeting, attendees raised the need to link parks, homes, and trails, in addition to posing questions on the future of retail areas, the importance of transportation, funding considerations, implications for utilities, and the benefits of rehabilitating existing homes.  Continue Reading →

Two Planners Receive Transportation Awards

Two Chester County Planning Commission employees – Heather Martin and Rachael Griffith – were recently recognized as “Top Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Professionals Under 40” by the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVF).

Heather is a transportation planner for the county’s Planning Commission, and Rachael is the open space and trails planner. They received the awards during the GVF’s 28th annual meeting on May 7.  Continue Reading →