Forum Focuses on Current Planning Issues in Chester County

About 50 professional planners and municipal officials from the local area recently attended the Chester County Planning Commission’s fall 2018 Planners’ Forum to learn about current issues, including long-term planning at Longwood Gardens, understanding the Certified Local Government Program for historic preservation, and wayfinding signage for Chester County.  Continue Reading →

Join us at Chester Valley Trail West Public Meeting

Join us for our final public meeting about the Chester Valley Trail West study on November 7 at Gateway Church, located at 160 Cowan Road in Parkesburg. There will be an open house from 6:30-7:30 p.m. where attendees can view and comment on materials from the draft plan, and at 7:30 p.m. the Planning Commission will present the highlights of the draft plan and recommendations. Register for the meetingContinue Reading →

Meet Landscapes3 Project Manager Susan Elks

For over two years, Susan Elks has been the driving force behind a plan for Chester County’s future known as Landscapes3. As the project manager, she has led efforts to develop a comprehensive plan that seeks to balance preservation with growth across the county’s landscapes through six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Recommends Commissioners Adopt Landscapes3

Landscapes3, the plan for Chester County’s future, moved another step toward completion during a public meeting Tuesday night.

After listening to limited public comments about the plan Tuesday, the Chester County Planning Commission board recommended that the Chester County Commissioners adopt Landscapes3. The Commissioners’ public hearing to consider adoption will be at 7 p.m. November 29th at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester.  Continue Reading →

County Commissioners Commemorate Community Planning Month

At the October 2nd public Sunshine Meeting, the Chester County Commissioners presented a proclamation for National Community Planning Month, recognizing the efforts of local, county, and regional planners who manage the growth and change of Chester County, providing better choices for how residents work and live.

During the presentation of the proclamation, the Commissioners highlighted Landscapes3, the county’s next long-range comprehensive plan, as an example of community planning.  Continue Reading →

Upcoming Urban Centers Forum to Focus on Housing

If you are a municipal official, staff member, main street manager, or consultant for one of Chester County’s municipalities, consider attending an upcoming Urban Centers Forum that will focus on fair housing, housing advocacy, housing tools, and development success stories.

The forum will take place from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. October 11 at the Downingtown S.T.E.M. Academy, 335 Manor Ave., Downingtown. This free event is open to representatives of Chester County’s municipalities on behalf of the Chester County Commissioners. Though the forum is geared toward urban centers, it may be of interest to municipal officials throughout Chester County since the topic is housing. RSVP today! Continue Reading →

Join us at the October 2nd Landscapes3 Public Meeting

Join us at a public meeting on October 2 to hear details about the full draft of Landscapes3 and provide feedback. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and be held at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown. A dedicated public comment period will follow the meeting opening and a presentation on the plan. This will be a joint public meeting conducted by the Chester County Planning Commission board and the Landscapes3 Steering Committee.  Continue Reading →