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 →

700+ survey responses; is yours one of them?

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 →

Landscapes3 Photo Contest: Win Great Prizes!

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 →

Landscapes3 Stakeholder Meetings Happening Now

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 →

Accomplishments: Landscapes and Landscapes2

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.

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Landscapes and Landscapes2 Accomplishments

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Work on Landscapes3 to Begin

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 →

Comprehensive Plan Outreach to Municipalities

Landscapes2, Chester County’s award-winning Comprehensive Policy Plan, was adopted in 2009 to bring growth and preservation together for Chester County. Much has changed in the years since adoption, including a significant economic recession and recovery, digital and technology advances, and growth in both population numbers and diversity.  These changes have had significant implications for our natural and built environment. Continue Reading →