Planning Commission Provides Tips on How to Implement Landscapes3

If you’re a municipal official in Chester County who is wondering how you can implement Landscapes3, the county’s newly adopted comprehensive plan, the Chester County Planning Commission has suggestions for ways to do that through your ordinances that strengthen preservation, encourage smart growth, and improve the character of new development.

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Planning Commission to Conduct its Monthly Meeting

The Chester County Planning Commission will conduct its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. The meeting will take place in the Planning Commission offices of Suite 270, Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, Pa. Ellen Ferretti, the director of the Brandywine Conservancy who served on the Landscapes3 Steering Committee, will give a presentation to the board. The public is invited to attend and there will be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Releases Annual Report

The Chester County Planning Commission released its 2018 Annual Report, which provides a recap of projects and accomplishments. Notably, the report highlights the steps the agency took to complete Landscapes3, Chester County’s new comprehensive plan. The plan will serve as a planning road map for the next 10 years, and it seeks to balance preservation and growth across the county’s landscapes through six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. Landscapes3 recommits to core principles that will position the county and its municipalities for success, including resource preservation, revitalized urban and suburban centers, housing diversity, transportation choices, collaboration, and resiliency. The annual report highlights examples of Landscapes3 implementation and upcoming goals toward further implementation of the plan. View the report.

Meet Carol Stauffer, the Planning Commission's New Assistant Director

From an early age, Carol Stauffer knew she wanted to have a profession in which she helped protect the environment and conserve natural resources.

She thought about being a park ranger but eventually changed her mind and pursued a planning career instead. She now has over 30 years of professional planning experience with a focus on municipal planning assistance, environmental resource protection, and infrastructure planning.   Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Launches Grant Opportunity Webpage

The Chester County Planning Commission is pleased to announce the launch of a new webpage about grant opportunities for Chester County municipalities and organizations. This one-stop resource provides descriptions and application deadlines for a large number of grants, including community development, community planning, historic preservation, open space and the environment, transportation, and utilities and infrastructure. The webpage also notes past awards to give municipalities an idea of how likely they would be to receive one of these grants in the future. View the webpage! Continue Reading →

Meet Planning Commission Board Chairman Kevin Kerr

Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff or board members. Kevin Kerr was elected chairman of the Planning Commission board in January. Kevin, an Upper Uwchlan resident who has served on other boards in the county over the years, discussed how he arrived at the Planning Commission and also shared information about his life philosophy, interests, and more.  Continue Reading →