Join in the Town Tours and Village Walks

The 24th summer of Chester County’s Town Tours & Village Walks will begin on June 14 at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. The theme of this year’s series is exploring the county’s roots of industry and innovation. There will be 10 more free tours this summer, mainly every Thursday night. The free summer strolls will take place in historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages, and sites throughout Chester County.  Continue Reading →

Planning Services Director Receives Service Recognition

Chester County Planning Commission Planning Services Division Director Susan Elks received a service recognition for her work as the professional development officer for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-PA).

Susan served in that role from 2009 until recently and oversaw the Chapter’s professional development training and certification efforts. The recognition plaque that she received from the APA-PA on April 27 highlighted her “outstanding service, hard work, and dedication” for the past decade.  Continue Reading →

Public Continues to Provide Input on Landscapes3

Chester County residents and municipal officials are continuing to help county officials develop a plan for the future, known as Landscapes3, by providing input during a series of public meetings, including the most recent one on May 1.

Over 50 attendees came out to the recent meeting at Penn State Great Valley in East Whiteland to view display boards, take part in activities, listen to a presentation on the current status, and most importantly, share their comments and questions on issues to be considered in the county’s next comprehensive plan.   Continue Reading →

Chester County Officials Highlight New Protected Open Space Data

When it comes to protected open space in Chester County, one thing is certain: It’s a priority for county officials to maintain it for future generations.

Since 2000, the Planning Commission has collected information summarizing the amount of open space protected in Chester County each year. This information is gathered from municipalities, land trusts, and various other state and county agencies. It is then mapped using the county’s Protected Open Space Tracking (POST) system, a web-based database and mapping program.  Continue Reading →

Residents, Officials Provide Feedback on Landscapes3

Thanks to those who participated in our April 10th Landscapes3 public meeting at the New Garden Township Building. More than 60 attendees provided feedback at the various stations, heard about the current status of the draft plan, and asked a range of questions. Hopefully attendees found the meeting’s information as valuable as we found their input! Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Welcomes New Transportation Planner

The Planning Commission welcomed a new employee in March: Transportation Planner Brian J. Donovan.

Brian began working for the agency on March 26. As a transportation planner in the Transportation Services Division, Brian will coordinate with local transportation management agencies and participate in the planning for our public transportation routes, regional rail stations, and major roadway corridors.  Continue Reading →