Planning Commission Releases Annual Report

The Chester County Planning Commission released its 2018 Annual Report, which provides a recap of projects and accomplishments. Notably, the report highlights the steps the agency took to complete Landscapes3, Chester County’s new comprehensive plan. The plan will serve as a planning road map for the next 10 years, and it seeks to balance preservation and growth across the county’s landscapes through six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. Landscapes3 recommits to core principles that will position the county and its municipalities for success, including resource preservation, revitalized urban and suburban centers, housing diversity, transportation choices, collaboration, and resiliency. The annual report highlights examples of Landscapes3 implementation and upcoming goals toward further implementation of the plan. View the report.

Meet Carol Stauffer, the Planning Commission's New Assistant Director

From an early age, Carol Stauffer knew she wanted to have a profession in which she helped protect the environment and conserve natural resources.

She thought about being a park ranger but eventually changed her mind and pursued a planning career instead. She now has over 30 years of professional planning experience with a focus on municipal planning assistance, environmental resource protection, and infrastructure planning.   Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Launches Grant Opportunity Webpage

The Chester County Planning Commission is pleased to announce the launch of a new webpage about grant opportunities for Chester County municipalities and organizations. This one-stop resource provides descriptions and application deadlines for a large number of grants, including community development, community planning, historic preservation, open space and the environment, transportation, and utilities and infrastructure. The webpage also notes past awards to give municipalities an idea of how likely they would be to receive one of these grants in the future. View the webpage! Continue Reading →

Meet Planning Commission Board Chairman Kevin Kerr

Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff or board members. Kevin Kerr was elected chairman of the Planning Commission board in January. Kevin, an Upper Uwchlan resident who has served on other boards in the county over the years, discussed how he arrived at the Planning Commission and also shared information about his life philosophy, interests, and more.  Continue Reading →

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 →