The development of Landscapes3 has advanced significantly throughout 2017, shifting from meetings with stakeholder teams on various topics to the first series of meetings with the steering committee. As part of the Landscapes3 public outreach efforts this past year, the Planning Commission staff attended over 20 community events, conducted a second photo contest, and launched a public survey that had nearly 6,000 participants.
During the fall the Landscapes3 Steering Committee met four times to discuss the plan’s vision, goals, and objectives. A public meeting was held in October to share the plan’s draft vision and receive input from the public. The final draft versions of the vision, goals, and objectives are currently being refined based on this input, and will be shared early in 2018. Continue Reading →
When it comes to planning Chester County’s future, there are many voices and viewpoints about ways to balance preservation with growth.
That’s why the Chester County Planning Commission recently conducted a public meeting about Landscapes3, the county’s next long-range comprehensive plan. About 50 county residents attended the meeting, which included an hour-long open house at the beginning with six stations about the key focus areas in Landscapes3: preserve, protect, appreciate, live, work, and connect. At these stations, different planners were available to answer residents’ questions about the topics. Continue Reading →
Ernie Holling, a West Pikeland resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Holling is the president and chief executive officer of The InTech Group Inc., a company that provides global agility in technology solutions.
Holling is also a member of the West Pikeland Township Board of Supervisors and the president of the Chester County Association of Township Officials. He is a member of the Mill at Anselma Preservation and Education Trust Board of Trustees. Holling brings his expertise in infrastructure/utilities to the Landscapes3 Steering Committee. Continue Reading →
Deirdre Flemming, an East Brandywine resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Flemming co-owns Two Gander Farm in East Brandywine with her husband.
As a steering committee member, she will bring expertise in the area of co-owning and operating a United States Department of Agriculture certified organic produce business that grows food for a 100-plus member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), local restaurants, retail stores, and for a prominent Philadelphia area farmers’ market. Flemming said she grows on 10 acres of leased land that is nested within a 262-acre preserve owned by the Brandywine Conservancy. Flemming said she and her husband are actively demonstrating how preserved farmland can be utilized to increase local food access, improve community health and quality of life, and protect natural resources through regenerative agriculture. Continue Reading →
Neal Fisher, one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members, is the vice president of development for the Hankin Group, a real estate development company in Uwchlan.
Fisher is a professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise as a member of the steering committee include municipal services, land development, permitting, and construction management. He will promote connectivity, long-term planning, and sustainability for Chester County. Continue Reading →
Cheryl B. Kuhn, an Atglen resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Kuhn is the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce in West Grove.
Kuhn, who has an Institute of Organization Management certification, has worked at the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce since 2011. Her previous experience includes vice president with the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and more than 20 years in administration, operations and marketing communications for national and regional firms. Continue Reading →
Larry Welsch, a Parkesburg native, is a Landscapes3 Steering Committee member. Welsch is the executive director of the Chester County Food Bank, which mobilizes the community to ensure access to healthy food.
As a member of the steering committee, he will bring his expertise in health and the food services business. At the food bank, he has worked toward alleviating hunger by offering healthy food to county residents who are struggling to make ends meet. Continue Reading →
Blair W. Fleischmann, an Upper Oxford resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. She is the current executive director of S.A.V.E. (Safety, Agriculture, Villages & Environment).
Fleischmann serves as treasurer of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and secretary of the Upper Oxford Township Historical Commission. She is a trustee of the Homeville Cemetery Co. and treasurer of the Oxford Regional Emergency Management group. She also serves on the Conservancy Committee of the Brandywine Conservancy and was previously on the boards of Chester County 2020, the Octoraro Watershed Association, and the Oxford Area Historical Association. Fleischmann is a former staff accountant and lives with her husband, Charlie, on a preserved farm in Upper Oxford. Continue Reading →
George Beer, a Pennsbury resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Beer is the founder and president of the Delaware Valley Development Company, a real estate development, building and investment company, specializing in affordable housing and land development in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Beer has worked in real estate development business and management since 1984 and in the housing business since 1992. In addition to being a member of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee, he was involved with Landscapes2, the county’s current comprehensive plan. Continue Reading →
Mimi Gleason, a West Chester resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Gleason is the manager of West Whiteland Township.
Gleason will bring municipal and nonprofit consulting expertise to the steering committee. In addition to working for West Whiteland Township, she previously served as the township manager and assistant township manager of Tredyffrin Township. Continue Reading →