Exploring Housing Trends in Chester County

If home is where the heart is, the heart of Chester County housing these days is multifamily homes, particularly apartments.

There were nearly 3,000 multifamily units proposed in 2016, which was an increase of approximately 1,000 since 2015. In particular, there was a drastic increase in the apartment development proposals over the past year. There were 2,231 apartment units proposed in 2016 compared to 1,150 in 2015.  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.

Millennials in Chester County

On Thursday July 22, 2016, Jake Michael of the Planning Commission staff gave a presentation at the Chester County 2020 Citizen Planner Breakfast about the how local planning is adapting to meet the needs of Millennial Generation.  How Chester County’s communities will adapt to the changing housing and employment needs of Millennials is become a significant planning issue, since this generation now comprises roughly a quarter of the population.

The presentation provides a lot of information that provides insights into the preferences and decisions made by this large, new cohort of our population.  The primary topics include housing, education, employment and transit choices since these could significantly impact planning decisions.  View presentation.

Comprehensive Plan Outreach to Municipalities

Landscapes2, Chester County’s award-winning Comprehensive Policy Plan, was adopted in 2009 to bring growth and preservation together for Chester County. Much has changed in the years since adoption, including a significant economic recession and recovery, digital and technology advances, and growth in both population numbers and diversity.  These changes have had significant implications for our natural and built environment. Continue Reading →