Below you’ll find news and updates about Chester County’s Comprehensive Plan Update, Landscapes3.
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
To date we’ve had more than 700 surveys completed across all seven stakeholder topic areas. Many thanks to those who have taken the time to provide their thoughts through the surveys. If you haven’t participated in our topic-specific surveys there is still time. Surveys for each topic area are now posted, with each survey staying open for three months after the initial meeting. For the Preservation topic, this means the survey will be closing December 12th; Community Health, the most recent topic, will close March 6th. Continue Reading →
From our rural open space and working agricultural lands to our urban main streets and historic buildings, we clearly have much to appreciate and be thankful for in Chester County. Our photo contest, which ended on November 25th, has been the lucky recipient of hundreds of wonderful images. Many thanks to our participants! Continue Reading →
What do you love most about Chester County? What’s your favorite place to have fun, take a walk, or just relax? We want to know, so we’ve rounded up some great prizes and have created a photo contest – Show Us Your Favorite Place in Chester County. The contest is open to anyone who lives, works, or plays in Chester County. This includes you! Continue Reading →
The first series of stakeholder meetings for Landscapes3, being held as part of the #TellUsL3 phase of plan development, are well underway. We’ve gathered exceptional teams of people to provide input on the topics of Preservation, Agriculture, and Housing. We’ve also been fortunate to have members of the public join the conversation, both in person and through our topical surveys. Continue Reading →
Twenty years ago, Chester County made a choice. It chose to change – to redirect growth, to protect open space, and to revitalize its towns and communities. Have Landscapes and Landscapes2 been successful? The answer is an unequivocal yes. The citizens of Chester County, the county government, local municipalities, the business community, conservancies, and many others have worked extremely hard to improve the county.
Development of Landscapes3, the update to Landscapes2, Chester County’s Comprehensive Plan, will kick-off on September 13, 2016 at the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting. Landscapes2 has served the County well since adoption in 2009, with open space preservation, urban center revitalization and municipal planning assistance through the Vision Partnership Program. See Landscapes success stories here.
Now is the time to renew the County’s vision and ensure that Chester County remains a wonderful place to live, work, travel, and play. The update will involve three phases:
#TellUsL3 – Understanding the Issues This phase will focus on gathering background data on issues and trends that will be critical to address in Landscapes3. Continue Reading →