Below you’ll find news and updates about Chester County’s Comprehensive Plan Update, Landscapes3.
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 →
Come learn about what makes Chester County special, why we need to protect these treasures, and how we can plan the county’s future together. The first segment of a four-part video series on planning in Chester County has been released. This series hopes to engage you in the preparation of Landscapes3, the county’s next comprehensive plan.
Check out the video here.
There will be a Landscapes3 public meeting from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton.
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 →
Jim Garrison, an East Pikeland resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Garrison, an architect, is a project manager at the Vanguard Group in Malvern.
Garrison’s expertise and areas of interest as a member of the steering committee include historic preservation and open space. In addition to his background in architecture, Garrison is the chairman of the East Pikeland Historical Commission and the vice president of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network. He also has written a handful of books that include themes of architecture and historic preservation. Continue Reading →
Michael Grigalonis, an Uwchlan resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Grigalonis is the chief operating officer and executive vice president of the Chester County Economic Development Council, a private, non-governmental entity that has been providing services to the business community and enhancing the quality of life in Chester County and the region for more than 50 years. Grigalonis will bring economic development expertise to the steering committee.
“Thoughtful planning has been a key factor in the success that we have enjoyed as a county,” Grigalonis said. “I have enjoyed being involved in the early stages of Landscapes3 and look forward to getting more involved through the steering committee.” Continue Reading →
Ellen M. Ferretti, the director of the Brandywine Conservancy, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. She lives and works on the campus at the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art in Chadds Ford–just across the line from Chester County and right along the banks of the Brandywine River. The Brandywine Conservancy has a long history of preserving land in Chester County and working with local municipalities and elected officials on conservation oriented land use policies and regulations, according to Ferretti.
Ferretti’s expertise and areas of interest as a member of the steering committee include land conservation, land use planning, and community engagement in planning and outdoor recreation. She has over 25 years of experience working in state, county, nonprofit, and private sectors. She started her career doing environmental site assessments and site cleanups, and expanded her interest and efforts into land and water conservation. Continue Reading →
Guy Ciarrocchi, a Tredyffrin resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Ciarrocchi, an attorney, has been the president and chief executive officer of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry since 2014. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to former Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley.
Ciarrocchi also previously served as a township supervisor and planning commissioner in Tredyffrin, and he was a member of the county’s Children, Youth and Families Citizen Advisory Committee. Ciarrocchi’s areas of expertise that he brings to the Landscapes3 Steering Committee include an understanding of effective government and economic development. Continue Reading →
Alisa Maria Jones, M.P.H., a London Britain Township resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Jones is the president and chief executive officer of La Comunidad Hispana, which has offices in Kennett Square and Oxford.
Jones said she is honored to be a member of the steering committee–given its critical importance in setting the plan for the county’s future. She hopes to bring the perspectives of the nonprofit and Latino communities to the table. Continue Reading →