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 →

Join us at May 1st Landscapes3 Public Meeting

As we continue to advance the development of Landscapes3, Chester County’s next long-range comprehensive plan, we encourage municipal officials and residents to attend our upcoming Landscapes3 public meeting to comment on the plan’s draft map, goals, and objectives. Please join us for the third public meeting this spring, which will take place May 1 at Penn State Great Valley, located at 30 E. Swedesford Road Malvern, Pa., 19355.  Continue Reading →

Census Estimates Show Growth in Chester County

Chester County was the only suburban county to outpace the City of Philadelphia in population growth rate, according to the most recent Census estimates. The county’s population was estimated to have increased by 3.9 percent between 2010 and 2017 in comparison to 3.4 percent in Philadelphia. The number of new residents for the county in 2017 was 2,804 in comparison to a more modest increase of 1,263 new residents in 2016. The county’s growth was nearly evenly split between natural increase (births versus deaths) and migration into Chester County. The county’s current estimated population is about 519,000.  Continue Reading →