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The Planning Commission is committed to improving the county’s quality of place, as described and illustrated in Landscapes3, the county’s long-range policy plan. The agency offers services that support smart growth, open space preservation, natural resource protection, historic preservation, livable communities, economic development, and efficient infrastructure. View the Services Brochure to learn more.

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Planning Commission Provides Tips on How to Implement Landscapes3

If you’re a municipal official in Chester County who is wondering how you can implement Landscapes3, the county’s newly adopted comprehensive plan, the Chester County Planning Commission has suggestions for ways to do that through your ordinances that strengthen preservation, encourage smart growth, and improve the character of new development.

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Planning Commission Releases New Video about Landscapes3

We invite you to check out our new video that highlights Landscapes3, Chester County’s newly adopted comprehensive plan that provides a template for growth and preservation for the next 10 years. The video, which is under five minutes and full of scenes of Chester County’s special places, shares the message of Landscapes3.  Continue Reading →

Natural Lands President Will Retire but Remain on Planning Commission

Molly K. Morrison, a well-known advocate for protecting and conserving open spaces, natural areas, and farmland in southeastern Pennsylvania, will be retiring from Natural Lands at the end of 2018 after 14 years as the organization’s president.

Under Molly’s leadership, Natural Lands has preserved permanently more than 32,000 acres of open space – including landmark additions to their preserve system such as Bear Creek, Bryn Coed, ChesLen, and Green Hills Preserves along with Stoneleigh: a natural garden – and elevated the organization’s focus on stewarding natural resources and connecting people to the outdoors.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Recommends Commissioners Adopt Landscapes3

Landscapes3, the plan for Chester County’s future, moved another step toward completion during a public meeting Tuesday night.

After listening to limited public comments about the plan Tuesday, the Chester County Planning Commission board recommended that the Chester County Commissioners adopt Landscapes3. The Commissioners’ public hearing to consider adoption will be at 7 p.m. November 29th at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester.  Continue Reading →

Join us at the October 2nd Landscapes3 Public Meeting

Join us at a public meeting on October 2 to hear details about the full draft of Landscapes3 and provide feedback. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and be held at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown. A dedicated public comment period will follow the meeting opening and a presentation on the plan. This will be a joint public meeting conducted by the Chester County Planning Commission board and the Landscapes3 Steering Committee.  Continue Reading →