Planning Commission Announces Completion of Chester Valley Trail West Study

The Chester County Planning Commission is pleased to announce the completion of the Chester Valley Trail West Feasibility Study/Master Plan. The plan will extend the popular trail westward across the county through the following municipalities: Downingtown, Caln, Coatesville, Valley, Parkesburg, Sadsbury, West Sadsbury, and Atglen.  Continue Reading →

Carol Stauffer Named Assistant Director of Chester County Planning Commission

The Chester County Planning Commission is pleased to announce that longtime staff member Carol Stauffer has been promoted to the agency’s assistant director.

Carol has worked at the Planning Commission for 28 years in a variety roles, including senior community planner and Planning Services Division director. Most recently, she served as the department’s Infrastructure and Plan Review Division director and oversaw plan reviews, environmental reviews, data and demographic activities, and pipeline initiatives (including management of the Pipeline Information Center). Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Releases New Video about Landscapes3

We invite you to check out our new video that highlights Landscapes3, Chester County’s newly adopted comprehensive plan that provides a template for growth and preservation for the next 10 years. The video, which is under five minutes and full of scenes of Chester County’s special places, shares the message of Landscapes3.  Continue Reading →

TMACC Executive Director Tim Phelps Attends Planning Commission Board Meeting

Tim Phelps, the executive director of the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), attended the Chester County Planning Commission’s board meeting on Jan. 9 and discussed the role of his agency and its partnership with the county.

TMACC was founded in May 1992 as the Chester Valley Transportation Management Association (TMA). It is one of seven TMAs in the Delaware Valley and is governed by a board of directors.   Continue Reading →

Recapping 2018, Setting Goals for 2019

Throughout 2018, the Chester County Planning Commission was incredibly busy wrapping up Landscapes3, which is a wonderful product that reflects the commitment Chester County has to planning. The plan provides a template for growth and preservation planning for the next 10 years. Read on to learn more about the plan and the ways we will implement it in 2019. Continue Reading →

Longtime Planning Commission Board Member Judy DiFilippo Retires

Retiring Chester County Planning Commission board member Judy DiFilippo has roots deep in planning and serving others.

A Bangor, Maine native, Judy moved to Montgomery County in 1966 to study nursing at Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing. After graduation, Judy worked in the Lankenau Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit until her daughter, Rena, was born.

“Now, when people find out about my background in nursing, I say I am still taking care of people – just in a different way,” Judy said with a smile.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Highlights Affordably-Priced Housing Issue

Did you know that the median housing value in Chester County in 2017 was $337,000 – the highest in the state?

That can make it difficult for a broad spectrum of people – professionals, those in the trades, first-time home buyers, and seniors – to afford housing in Chester County. To delve more into this data, check out the Planning Commission’s PowerPoint presentationContinue Reading →

Planning Commission Bids Farewell to Assistant Director David Ward

Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff members. Assistant Director David Ward, AICP is retiring from his job here at the end of December after 42 years of service. He has been a driving force behind smart growth and good planning in the county over the past four decades.

David has been a familiar face around the county, and he will be missed. Learn more about his life, career, and future plans.   Continue Reading →