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64 comments on “Review Draft Plan Elements

  1. Mary Kay Owen

    Based on projections, the county’s 28% population increase between now and 2045 should be more specific in terms of the projected demographics and overall impacts–Right now the county is app. 80% white, 6% black, 6% Asian and 8% Hispanic—those demographic changes will impact every category and goal—for example, all official Chesco and municipal websites should already have easily translated pages to at least Spanish and anything travel-related should be multi-lingual for residents and tourists. Printed publications should already offer translated versions as well. The bus photo in a garage–on the cover–there must be a bus photo in a brighter locale….the school facilities (p. 31) needs to be more specific as it ignores the already current and vast lack of facilities and offerings in CASD vs. nearby DASD and WCASD….what will the revised 2045 demographic forecast really mean for county education offerings and balance? Page 24—from Chesco’s Community Development to the UWCC…what other “non profit” needs to be established….there needs to be a review of the current non profit community to be sure that dollars are going where needed without duplicity and where needed in real time. Is there a database that shows current funding sources for all Chesco non profits–$ are awarded routinely from umbrella groups to many of the same groups—do those with the $ know what has already been received in a calendar year by a designated recipient…and are they the truly deserving in terms of real time missions and need. Overall, the energy, diversity, offerings and pride in current Chester County and its future could be presented more emphatically throughout the plan in text and photos. Thank you for this opportunity.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for detailed review and comments. We’ll be taking these, and all other comments, into consideration as we take the materials currently out for review and turn them into a full draft plan. We anticipate that the full draft plan will be available for public review and comment in late summer, and it will have significant additions with respect to graphic elements and photos.

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  2. Dave Bashore

    Thanks for forwarding the draft of Landscapes3. As a former township manager and current borough planning commission member who has gone through this process a couple of times, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After having reviewed the draft, however, I can tell you that all expectations have been exceeded. What wonderful work has been done on the plan. Surprised to say, I have no observations or suggestions. Landscapes3 looks to be a fantastic planning tool for our communities’ futures. Thanks so much for your great work!

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  3. Paul Davison

    Hello!

    I recently stumbled upon the Landscapes3 initiative and have been fascinated by the mission of the program. One thing that stood out to me from the public survey results was that out of the 3,580 that provided their age, 22% identified in the age bracket of 26-40 and only 2.7 identified in the age bracket of 25 and younger.
    As someone who identifies in the former age bracket, this stat is alarming to me. Have there been efforts or campaigns to reach these demographics about the Landscapes3 initiative in hopes to make them more aware and encourage involvement? I understand its ultimately up the the individual whether or not they want to participate and to think critically about this subject but having this information where these demographics traditionally frequent could boost these numbers.
    Personally I regret not knowing about this sooner and I think its extremely important to understand the impacts of this plan and what it means for the future of Chester County.

    Thanks for the great content on this subject!

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thanks for your comment, and interest in our public survey responses. You are correct that there was limited participation from those aged 25 and younger in that specific public engagement tool. For that reason, and many others, we have used a range of public engagement methods across the development of Landscapes3. In addition to the public survey, we have facilitated a stakeholder process that included more than 200 people, conducted topic specific surveys that were completed by more than 1,000 participants, used a variety of social media platforms, held five public meetings, developed four videos to share our message, had multiple articles appear in local newspapers, presented to many groups (such as watershed organizations, chambers of commerce, West Chester University classes, etc.) and attended more than 30 public events (such as Super Sunday, Caln Community Day, First Friday, etc.). We have also shared information with various organizations (such as libraries, recreation clubs, schools, service groups, etc.) to broaden the audience who is aware of the plan. If you have a specific group you’d like us to engage with or platform you think we should be using, feel free to give us a call at 610-344-6285 and we can talk about ways to grow the number of people who are engaging in the plan for Chester County’s future. There is certainly still time left to engage in the process. Also, let us know how you found us – we’re always interested in what methods work best!

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  4. Aileen H Parrish

    Dear Members of the Chester County Planning Commission,
    I was fortunate to be able to attend your Landscapes III presentation in New Garden Township on May 10, 2018. The session was excellent and the comment stations with maps were very helpful. I was able to express my thoughts regarding your draft map for London Britain Township and am pleased to say that my concerns were heard and reflected in your draft map. I would very much like to request that you consider showing our extensive Agricultural Security Area on the Landscapes III map for London Britain Township. We currently have approximately 1100 acres in ag security and much of this land is contiguous. In addition, a number of our landowners have preserved their lands with grants and donations, so this agricultural land will be preserved in perpetuity. We also are blessed with having preserved agricultural lands in the White Clay Creek Preserve, also located in London Britain Township. In 2017 alone, landowners placed 308.58 additional acres into London Britain’s Ag Security Area. Please consider reflecting this incredibly valuable resource on the Landscapes III map representing London Britain Township.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Aileen H. Parrish, Supervisor
    London Britain Township

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. We’d be happy to come out to London Britain Township to discuss the mapping categories – please contact us at 610-344-6285 to set up a time.

      Regarding the recent comments, to clarify, the Agricultural Landscape is not an overlay. As with Landscapes2, the updated Landscapes map has six landscape categories, which are intended to reflect the dominant character of an area and its appropriateness for different intensities and varieties of development. The six landscapes categories are: Urban Center, Suburban Center, Rural Center, Suburban, Agricultural, and Rural. The categories are further classified into two separate core areas: Growth Areas (consisting of all three centers and Suburban) and Rural Resource Areas (consisting of Agricultural and Rural). As with Landscapes2, there will be overlays that address more specific historic and natural features across all six landscapes.

      It is important to note that any land use – such as agricultural land uses – can be found in any of the landscapes, but the mix and intensity of land uses will be different to preserve the character of each landscape. The Agricultural Landscape is dominated by a concentration of active farms, and intended to include a critical mass of farmland necessary to maintain agriculture as the principal industry, with supportive services that farm operations need, and limited land uses that are unrelated to agriculture. The extent of agricultural uses in each landscape category varies. Countywide, the Agricultural Landscape is 66% active agricultural land, while the Rural Landscape is 32% active agricultural land. The proposed Rural Landscape in London Britain is 26% active agricultural land. This percentage of active agricultural land is one reason the areas in London Britain have been shown as Rural rather than Agricultural.

      Given that only six categories are reflected on the county map, it is expected that individual municipalities will have additional classifications for their own comprehensive planning and regulatory purposes that provide more specific and refined information.

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  5. Carolyn Matalon

    Please adjust the Landscapes 3 map to reflect the significant agricultural resource area in London Britain Twp. As shown in the Chester County Records, London Britain Twp. agricultural resource area consists of 1000+ acres of contiguous conserved and preserved farmland with PA Act 319, the London Britain Agricultural Security Area and Agricultural Easements.. In addition, a large portion of the White Clay Creek Preserve is farmed.
    Please consider giving London Britain Township the courtesy of reflecting a significant agricultural resource area which consists of over 1,000 acres of contiguous conserved and preserved farmland. I am asking for you to correct a misconception reflected by the Landscapes3 map regarding London Britain Twp.
    London Britain Township appreciates your efforts in correcting the Landscapes 3 mapping misconception. The most accurate true information should be reflected on the maps. The Township appreciates CCPC efforts to allow corrections to this Landscapes 3 Draft prior to the final draft.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Please see our detailed response to this topic under the comment by Aileen Parrish. We’d be happy to come out and speak with the Township – please contact us at 610-344-6285 to set up a time.

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  6. Chuck carroll

    I agree with others who have made note of your not showing an agricultural overlay for London Britain Township and request that you do so. The 1000+ acres is significant enough to make note of.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Please see our detailed response to this topic under the comment by Aileen Parrish. We look forward to speaking with London Britain Township in more detail regarding this matter.

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  7. B Soltis

    Dear Chester County Planning Commission,

    Among the Chester County Planning Commission’s 2018 draft goals are to preserve open space and natural features to realize ecological and quality of life benefits, and to protect and restore critical natural resources to ensure an environment that supports healthy communities.

    The natural resources at the Bishop Tube site – woodlands, wetlands and Little Valley Creek (an exceptional value stream) should be protected as part of this program.

    East Whiteland has very little public open space, and particularly little natural green public spaces where we can benefit from and enjoy the beauty of nature.

    The Bishop Tube site is an important opportunity to protect a valuable piece of nature for the benefit of our whole Chester County community. East Whiteland and those who live downstream have suffered mightily as a result of the high levels of contamination at this site, including TCE and heavy metal contamination, and they deserve preservation of the site as open space.

    The Bishop Tube site includes woodlands, wildlife, wetlands, and Little Valley Creek. We want the county to prioritize efforts to secure preservation of the Bishop Tube site as natural open space for the benefit of our community and for the protection of all who live downstream.

    Respectfully,

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites and does not have regulatory controls, but will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  8. MARGARET HUDGINGS

    Chester County is a community concerned about the environment. I have been disappointed at the lack of focus on environmental and open space issues from county leaders. Our beautiful county needs protection. We need clean air and streams and open space for our physical and mental health.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for providing your comment. Landscapes3, Chester County’s next comprehensive plan, is proposed to include six core goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. While there are intersections between all of these areas, the Protect goal area focuses specifically on environmental resources and how those can best be protected, whether through regulation or technical assistance. The Preserve goal area is focused on the areas of the county that are permanently protected (which is currently 28% of our land area), and how to grow our network of protected open space and best steward those places. Both the Preserve and Protect goal areas address the need to continue to educate on the value of environmental and open space resources, and the methods to best care for those resources. The Live goal area addresses community health in various ways, including fostering access to recreation opportunities, whether passive or active recreation.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites and does not have regulatory controls, but will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  9. Les and Stephanie Town

    Dear CC Planning: I would like to request the Landscapes3 Map to reflect the contiguous Agricultural area consisting of 1,000+ acres in London Britain Township. You identified smaller Agricultural areas in West Nottingham, West Sadsbury, Sadsbury, and West Caln. A portion of the White Clay Creek Preserve in LBT is farmed. Please recognize and reflect the recently expanded 1,000+ acre Agricultural area in London Britain Township on the Landscapes3 Map as you did in the other townships.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your review of the map and your comment. We will review the mapping in this area. Regarding our landscapes types, agricultural uses can be found in any of the landscapes. Within Chester County our agricultural operations come in a diversity of sizes and business models, ranging from farmers markets or specialized operations within our growth areas to operations on large expanses of land in our rural resource areas. The specific Agriculture Landscape is intended to encompass large areas where agriculture is dominant and other uses, including residential uses, are very limited. The Rural Landscape can certainly include agricultural uses, within a more diverse mix of woodlands, stream corridors, and lower density residential uses.

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      • Les and Stephanie Town

        Thank you for your reply. However, I stand by my request to please adjust the Landscapes 3 map to reflect the significant agricultural resource area in London Britain Twp. The London Britain Twp agricultural resource area consists of 1000+ acres of contiguous conserved and preserved farmland with PA Act 319 and the London Britain Agricultural Security Area. In addition, a large portion of the White Clay Creek Preserve is farmed.
        Case in Point: Your Landscapes3 map recognizes the very tiny agricultural resource area in Sadsbury Township, which is dominated by suburban development including a significant urban center. The agricultural resource area in Sadsbury Township is very insignificant and does not dominate the landscape of that township compared to what should be displayed in London Britain Township.
        Please consider giving London Britain Township the courtesy of reflecting a significant agricultural resource area which consists of over 1,000 acres of contiguous conserved and preserved farmland. I don’t know how you can ignore my request for consideration for London Britain Twp when you placed a tiny agricultural overlay on Sadsbury Twp. I am only asking for you to correct a misconception reflected by the Landscapes3 map regarding London Britain Twp. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration for my request to correct a Landscapes 3 mapping misconception on behalf of London Britain Twp.

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        • Chesco Planning Post author

          Thank you for your comment. Please see our detailed response to this topic under the comment by Aileen Parrish. We look forward to speaking with London Britain Township in more detail regarding this matter.

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  10. Craig Hoffman

    Dear Chester County Planning Commission,

    Among the Chester County Planning Commission’s 2018 draft goals are to preserve open space and natural features to realize ecological and quality of life benefits, and to protect and restore critical natural resources to ensure an environment that supports healthy communities.

    The natural resources at the Bishop Tube site – woodlands, wetlands and Little Valley Creek (an exceptional value stream) should be protected as part of this program.

    East Whiteland has very little public open space, and particularly little natural green public spaces where we can benefit from and enjoy the beauty of nature.

    The Bishop Tube site is an important opportunity to protect a valuable piece of nature for the benefit of our whole Chester County community. East Whiteland and those who live downstream have suffered mightily as a result of the high levels of contamination at this site, including TCE and heavy metal contamination, and they deserve preservation of the site as open space.

    The Bishop Tube site includes woodlands, wildlife, wetlands, and Little Valley Creek. We want the county to prioritize efforts to secure preservation of the Bishop Tube site as natural open space for the benefit of our community and for the protection of all who live downstream.

    Respectfully,

    Craig Hoffman

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites and does not have regulatory controls, but will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  11. Sherry McCormack

    Please preserve the Bishop Tube site..it is the historic valley of Duffys Cut where 57 Irishmen gave their lives for building the railroad in Great Valley. Many of their bodies still lie across the tracks of this site. The site is well known both in Ireland and in our area, but because a home owners assiciation acoss the tracks has blocked the knowledge of this site, many who travel here to find long lost relatives have no place to go. The Bishops Tube site is the deep valley from which the rail supports were built with solid earth to fill in Duffys Cut. It also provides a vantage point from which the Duffys Cut graves can be seen in a safe and non-intrusive way for those in the Sugar Ridge Home Owners Association. It futhermore provides easy access from Rt 30 for visitors. Bishops Tube is a priceless asset to East Whiteland and to the history of the Malvern Valley. Please do not repeat history by destroying this sacred place where so many lives were lost to give us a better future. We are better than that! For more informstion on Duffys Cut, contact Professor William E Eatson of Immaculata University who wrote “The Ghosts of Duffys Cut..The Irishmen who Died Building America’s Most Dangerous Stretch of Railroad”

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites and does not have regulatory controls, but will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  12. Kathleen Stauffer

    Thank you for your work on Landscapes 3 and being so open to hear public comments and input.

    I also want to acknowledge the 3 recommendations you made to East Whiteland Township to not have the zoning of Bishop Tube site change from industrial to residential. I just wish our township listened!!!

    In your goals to; preserve open space and natural features, to realize ecological and quality of life benefits, and to protect and restore critical natural resources to ensure an environment that supports healthy communities, I request that the natural resources at the Bishop Tube site – woodlands, wetlands and Little Valley Creek (an exceptional value stream) be protected as a high priority goal of the CCPC!

    The Bishop Tube site is an important opportunity to protect a valuable piece of nature for the benefit of our whole Chester County community. East Whiteland and those who live downstream have suffered mightily as a result of the high levels of contamination at this site, including TCE and heavy metal contamination, and they deserve preservation of the site as open space.

    The Bishop Tube site includes woodlands, wildlife, wetlands, and Little Valley Creek. We want the county to prioritize efforts to secure preservation of the Bishop Tube site as natural open space for the benefit of our community and for the protection of all who live downstream.

    Thank you for your stewardship!
    Kathleen Stauffer

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites and does not have regulatory controls, but will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  13. Kelly Richards

    We would love to have a green space that we can enjoy with our daughter. This area has become very populated and we need to preserve the nature around us that we still have.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Protecting our open spaces and natural resources will remain a focus in Landscapes3, which also addresses having recreation options for all ages.

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  14. Abby Rapp

    Please preserve the Bishop Tube site as open space. It’s so important for the responsible parties to clean up this area and let the land recover. Don’t let this toxic site keep contaminating our beautiful town!

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites and does not have regulatory controls, but will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  15. Kevin Comber

    Please use the Bishop Tube site in East Whiteland for preservation of open space. It can be a great example for Chester County to use something terrible and turn it into valuable, protected open space.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites and does not have regulatory controls, but will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  16. Frances DeMillion

    We have too much industrial pollution
    Let’s protect our communities and rural areas in beautiful Chester County!

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for commenting. We recognize the importance of public health on overall community well-being, and have made public health a focus within the Live goal area of Landscapes3, as well as noting its interactions with parks and other components of our built and natural landscapes. Landscapes3 will address protection of open space within the Preserve goal area and protection of natural resources within the Protect goal area.

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  17. John Bush

    The Bishop Tube site includes woodlands, wildlife, wetlands, and Little Valley Creek.  We want the county to prioritize efforts to secure preservation of the Bishop Tube site as natural open space for the benefit of our community and for the protection of all who live downstream.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites and does not have regulatory controls, but will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  18. Suzanne Roth

    It would behove the county to keep the Bishop Tube site as open space. This contaminated area might be able to heal itself with a little help from the county. Disturbing it would only release the toxins downstream and create more problems. Let’s give Mother Nature a helping hand and keep this site Open Space!! Thank you!

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thank you for your comment. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites and does not have regulatory controls, but will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  19. David Worst

    I am writing to beg you to please consider Bushop Tube property to be used as open space, for you see I grew up next to Bishops starting as a young boy in 1958. I then worked there for almost 18 years. 1972-1989. I have lost most of my friends and coworkers to cancer that had worked their. I myself am a cancer patient. I also have seen many neighbors that lived next to or downstream of Bishops also die of cancer. Please I have spent almost 20 years trying to identify toxic waste located at Bishops to help the DEP with their cleanup. It is too late to help people like myself that have already been exposed to the TCE their, but may be we can make a difference by having this toxic land turned over for open space so others will never have to go through the horrors that we have. Over the last 20 years most of the people that helped me identify areas of waste have now died off. Please in honor of all my brother and sister Steelworkers that have already died during this fight consider making this a Nature Preserve until someday when most the the TCE is removed then their could be a nice well needed park their. On behalf of the workers of The United Steelworkers of America that worked at Bishops I thank you.
    David A Worst
    Former President of
    The United Steelworkers of America Local 7566

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    • Chesco Planning

      Thank you for sharing your story. We share your concern regarding the appropriate cleanup of contaminated sites in Chester County and recognize the impacts on personal and public health. The Landscapes3 plan will not address specific sites, but does provide broader guidelines for re-use of properties, public parks, and community health. The Chester County Planning Commission has met with various entities regarding this site and will continue to advocate for a use that is consistent with adopted county policies.

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  20. David Habig

    As a Pennsylvanian, I have the right to clean air, water and overall a healthy environment. If the Bishop Tube site is not cleaned up 100%, the powers to be that would allow this to happen will have violated my constitutional right and should be prosecuted, fined and or go to jail.
    Chesterbrook was named one of the best places to live in all of the USA, too bad they can only look at Valley Creek which runs right through the middle of this community. Cant touch because it is polluted.

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    • Chesco Planning

      Thank you for your comment. Landscapes3 will continue a focus on preserving, protecting, and restoring our natural resources and open spaces, while calling for managed growth to be located in appropriate areas. A county comprehensive plan does not have regulatory controls, but does provide guidelines for programs and services and help direct county resources. Site cleanup is guided by the state, and regulatory control over the use and development of specific sites is controlled by the local municipality.

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  21. Dr Suzanne E. Webster Roberson

    One crucial thing that should be thought about throughout this planning process is the immense amount of light pollution that could be engendered by all the new development. Light pollution is on a par with the destruction of waterways and viewsheds, etc., and it should be curtailed through considered planning and strict regulation. (A sad example of the consequences of not considering this matter has been unfolding in Downingtown and Exton for the past decade.) Children should not have to grow up without ever being able to properly see the moon and stars.

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    • Chesco Planning

      We agree that light pollution is both an environmental and safety issue, and will continue to encourage municipalities and developers to address lighting in a manner that provides the needed illumination without creating glare, light trespass, or unnecessary energy use. As previously noted, http://www.darksky.org is a great resource for communities as they seek to minimize light pollution.

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  22. Thomas Shar

    I attended the April 10, 2018 meeting, and I think it was a success. Turning to water resources, in 2002 the County issued a study ” Watersheds. ” Has the County evaluated whether it met the objectives in ” Watersheds ” ? If objectives were not achieved, how can improvements be made? Also, will this study be updated and used to guide the planning process for Landscapes3?

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thanks for attending the meeting and we’re glad to hear you felt it was a success. We were pleased with the attendance and level of engagement. Regarding Watersheds, we are currently discussing including a recommendation in Landscapes3 to update the existing Watersheds plan. Watersheds has 7 goals and 40 objectives. Progress has been made, although there is always more to be done. On water quality, the county tracks a stream health metric that over the past several years has been showing overall improvement across the county’s streams, even with increased water quality challenges from various widespread pollutant sources. An update to Watersheds would provide an opportunity to update the science on which the plan is based, update the plan for current conditions and growth trends, and include opportunities for public involvement.

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  23. Mark Cassel

    Not sure that I understand all the decisions made on the various map changes. For example, there were portions of West Goshen that were taken out of the Urban area, even though the density is greater than portions of Phoenixville in the “thumb” that hardly meet the definitions of urban but remain in the Urban area.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thanks for your review of the maps and comment. As with Landscapes2, it is a policy decision to include all of our boroughs and the city of Coatesville within the Urban designation. This designation is tied to various county programs that we feel are important to open to the entirety of the boroughs and city. On the draft Landscapes3 map there are areas proposed to be designated as Suburban Center in the townships that may have been designated as Urban in Landscapes2. This is typically reflective of a more auto-oriented landscape that lacks a grid system of streets. Transportation options within both the Urban and Suburban Center designations are a priority. Population density is one consideration for the map designations, along with other considerations such as the type of uses, mix of uses, intensity of development, transportation infrastructure, preserved lands, and local plans and ordinances.

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  24. Tony Buck

    The future of farming is the small multi-crop, multi-product family farm between 5 – 10 acres. The hardest entry into this is land cost. Please find ways to help our county facilitate young farmers to get use of the land they need to relocalize our food system. Let’s ask the question: Can Chester County feed itself? What an economic development tool this would be for our region, not to mention some farm to table food security and fresher food locally. We have the soil, climate, knowledge and water to do it.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thanks for commenting. We’ve heard repeatedly throughout our process regarding the challenge of land access for agriculture, and are considering ways to tackle this issue. Information on an existing statewide program to connect farmers to land can be found at http://www.pafarmlink.org.

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  25. Aus Marburger

    To: Chester County Planning Commission
    Re: Comments On Landscapes 3

    Having attended the public meeting on March 6th and having reviewed your work product, I believe there is much to gain with a higher priority and greater emphasis on sustainable agriculture in the plan and on the map.

    The reasons are almost infinite. Nothing is more fundamental to quality of life and preservation of character of place than sustainable agriculture. Health is at the core of quality of life and is best supported by local nutrient rich dietary options. Farm land, productive open space, is less prone to future development. Farm land is the epitome of preservation. It is open space that is both beneficially employed and economically viable, while providing food security in a symbiotic community with town centers.

    The big picture, CHESTER COUNTY, a health conscious food mecca! It may be Napa for wine, but when it comes to unparalleled farm to table, it is Chester County, hands down. This vision, as a primary goal, is spirited enough to be the branding that cohesively unifies the comprehensive plan.

    Things to consider:
    Supportive soils and climate
    Heritage:
    Rodale, to the North, the home of the US organic movement
    Waldorf and Camphill, biodynamic farming and homeopathy centers
    Lundale Farm, experimental land use and preservation
    King-Ranch, grass fed
    Longwood Gardens, nationally cherished arboretum
    Opportunity: Chester County has the assets, the proximity to urban centers, and the educated consumers to support this vision

    Talking Points, Objectives:
    Town/Urban centers include markets; access, help local farmers thrive
    Policies that assist incubator, smaller family, farms without subdivision
    Bring emphasis to farming careers through education and promotion
    Community based Agri’culture’ in difference to Agri’business’
    Less mono-cropping, non GMO, pesticide, herbicide, hormone and antibiotic free
    Soil health paramount as a living biome; preserving watersheds
    Penn’s Woods and the Brandywine Valley at its Best!

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, and for your attendance at our public meeting on March 6th. We agree that Chester County is very fortunate with respect to our soils and existing farms and related businesses. Agriculture will be addressed throughout our plan, as it has implications across a variety of areas – land use, economic development, cultural heritage, and more.

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  26. Diane LeBold

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment. A few thoughts:
    In the “Live” section: While I appreciate the county’s goal to ensure diverse housing, I’d like to know how we plan to go about achieving that goal in a real estate market driven by significant profit opportunities. Same with the goal for improved mass transit: How does the county anticipate achieving this, when PennDOT and SEPTA have the final say? And, finally, in the “Prosper” section, exactly how does the county plan to support workforce development? Like the others, it’s a great goal, but doesn’t mean much without a concrete plan for making it happen.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thanks for your comments. You correctly identify that the county does not fully control all aspects of these areas, but by working with partners and supporting our municipalities we can have a positive impact. Setting our vision through the comprehensive plan is a first step in ensuring that our partners and municipalities understand our priorities, and in advancing new programs or refocusing existing programs to achieve that vision. We are currently working to develop recommendations, which will address the details of how to implement the vision. Those recommendations will be available for public and municipal review and comment later this year. The Chester County Workforce Development Board is the local entity responsible for the strategic planning and promotion of an effective workforce development system in the county, and you can find more information on their programs here: http://www.chesco.org/159/Workforce-Development-Board.

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  27. Ted Trevorrow

    Excellent process. Please consider light pollution as you develop goals, standards and plans. http://www.darksky.org/ is an excellent source of information for communities trying to minimize the environmental impact of light pollution.

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  28. Anthony Vietri

    Wonderful to have been a small part of this, and see it coming to fruition. Thank you for inviting public comment.
    We respectfully request that highly sensitive areas legally identified as members of the Agricultural Security District, and the Conservation Easements, please be noted on your maps for New Garden Township.
    These areas are places that our community has specifically decided are important to us.
    The key point of such designations and contracts is to ensure future agricultural use.
    As these maps represent our community’s future, such areas of importance should rightly be included.

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    • Chesco Planning Post author

      Thanks for your comment. We agree that agricultural areas and land under conservation easement are important considerations when mapping the county, and that supporting the continuation of agriculture in the county is vital. Landscapes3 will include mapping beyond the Landscapes map currently out for public comment – please look for that mapping as part of plan recommendations later this year.

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      • Hugh Purnell Jr

        Having lived thru the expansion of the County from 175,000 population to the current 500,000+,
        I feel more emphasis should be placed on preservation of the historical nature and buildings of the County. That includes historical vistas, buildings, and assistance to the individual municipalities in doing that by grants (state and County) and by education of developers and township authorities.
        Too many 1700/1800 buildings have been allowed to be torn down or just neglected until they fall down, destroying our heritage.

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        • Chesco Planning Post author

          Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We’ve heard repeatedly during our process about the value of the county’s historic buildings and landscapes, and agree that action is needed in multiple areas. Historic resources are addressed most prominently in the Appreciate goal area, but also touched on elsewhere.

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