Join us at Chester Valley Trail West Public Meeting

If you are trail enthusiast, resident, business owner, or municipal official who has an interest in the popular Chester Valley Trail, please attend a public meeting about a plan to extend the trail westward on Thursday, March 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Point Youth Center in Parkesburg, Pa.

After over seven months of existing conditions analysis, stakeholder meetings, public engagement, and fieldwork, the Chester County Planning Commission has developed a series of potential alignment alternatives for extending the Chester Valley Trail westward to the Lancaster County line. The project team is conducting the upcoming public meeting to get feedback on these alignment alternatives.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Releases Final Plan for Chester Valley Trail Extension to Downingtown

The Chester County Planning Commission is proud to release the final Chester Valley Trail Extension to Downingtown Feasibility Study and Master Plan. We are very excited about the potential for developing this trail in the heart of central Chester County and expanding The Circuit, Greater Philadelphia’s regional trail network. The Chester County Commissioners accepted the plan at their December meeting to close out the grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program that partially funded the study.  Continue Reading →

Join Discussion about Multimodal Transportation in Phoenixville Region

Did you know that nearly 84 percent of residents in the Phoenixville region currently commute to work by driving alone? We will be hosting a public open house to allow residents to discover and comment on how the developing Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan will address transportation issues and opportunities in the Phoenixville area on Feb. 15 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Technical College High School –  Pickering Campus, located at 1580 Charlestown Road in Phoenixville, Pa., 19460. The plan identifies potential capital improvements and programming initiatives to increase the safety and efficiency of the transportation network regardless of age, ability, or mode of travel. Learn more about the project and register for the meeting.

Making Progress on Chester Valley Trail West Study

The New Year is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and to express gratitude for those who have helped along the way. We at the Chester County Planning Commission made a lot of progress on our Chester Valley Trail West study in 2017. The project kicked off in July, and our efforts thus far have involved getting input from a lot of people. We are grateful not only for the interest that has been shown in this project, but also for the generosity with which people have shared their time to provide us with ideas and feedback about the trail.  Continue Reading →

Local Municipalities Receive Grants to Improve Recreation, Community Revitalization

Some Chester County municipalities and local organizations are recipients of grants that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources, and help revitalize local communities.

The Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) awards are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The total amount distributed to Chester County applicants this year was $5,065,700.  Continue Reading →

Seeking Input about Chester Valley Trail West Project

The Planning Commission is seeking input about a plan to extend the Chester Valley Trail west of Downingtown. To participate in a public survey about the Chester Valley Trail West project, click here. There also will be a public meeting from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at Coatesville Area Senior High School, 1445 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. To register for the meeting, click here.

The goal of the project is to connect the Chester Valley Trail with the future 29-mile multi-use Enola Low Grade Trail located just outside of Atglen in Lancaster County. The Chester Valley Trail West project includes eight Chester County municipalities: Caln, Downingtown, Coatesville, Valley, Parkesburg, Sadsbury, West Sadsbury, and Atglen. For more information about the project, click here.

$52.9 million in grants to support Multimodal projects

On December 6th Governor Wolf announced $52.9 million in grant awards towards the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) Program.  Funding for this program was established by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s Transportation Bill,  which was signed into law in 2013 by Governor Corbett.  The MTF addresses ports and waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, transit, and bicycle and pedestrian projects. Five projects in Chester County were the recipient of these awards totaling $3.25 million, as follows: Continue Reading →

Fall Planner Forum Recap

Earlier this month, over 40 local planners participated in our semi-annual Planner’s Forum.  Planners from all disciplines networked to hear about the comprehensive plan update, creative funding opportunities, complete streets, and millennial characteristics.  The presentations from the forum are now available.  Continue Reading →

Introducing our new Transportation Services Director

The Planning Commission is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Styche as the director of our Transportation Division.  Brian brings over 20 years of public and private sector experience to the position.  He has worked in the planning, design, funding and implementation of transportation, trails, and parks & recreation projects all across the Commonwealth.  Brian is a registered Landscape Architect in PA and has memberships with the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Continue Reading →

Transportation

A plan for over $1.2 billion – yes, billion! – of transportation projects in Chester County was approved by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. The Transportation Improvement Program includes major enhancements to the US 30 Bypass, US 1 Bypass, US 422, PA 41, and many other roads, bridges, and trails. Summary of projects in Chester County: http://ow.ly/jioz302J5RO