Chester County Commissioners Establish Landscapes3 Steering Committee

The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced this week the next step in the Landscapes3 process — the creation of a steering committee to guide the development of the new county comprehensive plan.

The steering committee will be co-chaired by three Chester County leaders representing key sectors of the county’s drive to balance growth and preservation: Chris Alonzo, president of Pietro Industries and chair of the Chester County Agricultural Development Council; Matthew Hammond, P.E., executive vice president of Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. and chair of the Chester County Planning Commission; and Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands and a member of the Chester County Planning Commission.  Continue Reading →

Final Call to Participate in Landscapes3 Public Survey

Have we heard from you?

We have heard from over 5,000 people through our Landscapes3 public survey, helping guide the future of Chester County, but we are looking for even more participation. If you haven’t already, please share your priorities and preferences for Chester County’s future in the survey, and spread the word to friends, family, and co-workers by clicking here.

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Take our Survey!

The Chester County Planning Commission has some exciting news to share as it continues to advance development of Landscapes3, the next comprehensive plan for the county, with the help of partners, stakeholders, and the public. As part of this process, the agency released a public survey today to gather additional input about the plan from county residents and anyone interested in the future of Chester County.

“Public input is critical for making Landscapes3 the best plan possible,” said Chester County Planning Commission Executive Director Brian O’Leary. “Your input will help determine the vision and priorities for the county.”

The survey seeks to gather feedback on several issues, including growth, open space and environment, sense of place, modern infrastructure, transportation, the economy, healthy lifestyles, and housing options. It will be available to the public for about a month. Click here to participate in the survey.

Planning Commission Shares Highlights of Landscapes3 Topical Surveys

Public engagement for Landscapes3 has occurred in a variety of ways in recent months — stakeholder meetings, topic specific surveys, presentations to more than 20 groups, and outreach at community events (check our calendar for where we’ll be next) — and we will be launching our public survey on May 15. The public survey is an interactive, highly visual survey that asks about priorities and preferences for the future of Chester County. As we get ready for that survey, here’s a look back at the logistical details on our topic specific surveys from 2016:  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Provides Update about Landscapes3

The Chester County Planning Commission continues to advance the development of Landscapes3, the county’s next comprehensive plan, with the help of partners, stakeholders, and the public.

As part of this process, the Planning Commission has gathered experts’ opinions during stakeholder meetings about preservation, agriculture, housing, utilities and infrastructure, transportation, and economic development. The stakeholder meetings are wrapping up with one more about community health, which will take place from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. May 18 at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown.  Continue Reading →

County Commissioners recognize winners of Landscapes3 photo competition

Chester County Planning Commission’s photo contest, Show Us Your Favorite Place in Chester County, set out to engage the public in the development of Landscapes3, the county’s next Comprehensive Plan. From the county’s working agricultural lands to its urban main streets, participants shared 375 favorite places. The contest was intended to get a different  view on what places are valued in Chester County, and the perspectives offered were varied but still quintessential Chester County – open space, farmland, farm stands, main streets and side streets, community parks, streams and lakes, historic buildings, community events, walking trails, and bridges.  Continue Reading →

Senior Staff member departs from the Planning Commission

Tom West, Technical Services Director of the Chester County Planning Commission staff, will be leaving his post after thirty years of dedicated service.  Over his tenure at the Commission, Tom has held a position in nearly every division; from subdivision review to developing products using Geographic Information System software.  He has seen the evolution of technology from typewriters to computer networks. He became fluent in both planning jargon and technical language and could bridge planning issues with technical solutions. 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.