Township Association Conducts Successful Conference

Over 75 township supervisors from across Chester County attended a recent conference to learn more about various topics, including autonomous vehicles, economic development strategies, the nationwide opioid crisis, affordable housing, and pipelines.

The Chester County Planning Commission partnered with the Chester County Association of Township Officials (CCATO) to make the organization’s spring 2018 conference a success. Planning Commission staff participated in four of the five breakout sessions and staffed a booth to promote the agency and the progress being made on Landscapes3, the county’s next-long range plan. Continue Reading →

Historic Preservation Inspires a Welcoming Gateway for Tredyffrin

What began as a plan to demolish a historic inn turned into a preservation story that was a win for the community!

A number of stakeholders including Summit Realty Advisors, the developer, and Tredyffrin Township worked on a compromise plan after more than 4,000 residents signed a petition calling for the preservation of the inn.  Continue Reading →

Public Shares Ideas on Landscapes3

Many thanks to those who were able to join us at the first public meeting of 2018 for Landscapes3! We appreciate the level of interest in Chester County’s next comprehensive plan. Meeting attendees asked great questions and explored eight stations focused on different aspects of the plan. These ideas will be considered as the plan is developed.

Six of the stations focused on the plan’s goal areas – Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. The goal areas reflect the core themes brought forth during the development of Landscapes3. Planning Commission staff was available at each station to address comments or questions. An additional station provided the draft map for review and comment, in both hard copy format and the interactive format. The last station provided attendees the opportunity to consider what amenities they wanted the plan to support (such as active recreation parks or pedestrian amenities), and where in the landscapes those amenities belong.  Continue Reading →

Landscapes3 Draft Goals, Objectives, and Map Released for Review

If you are a Chester County resident or municipal official who has an interest in the county’s future, please check out the latest developments of Landscapes3, the county’s next comprehensive plan. In particular, we at the Chester County Planning Commission are asking for comments of the plan’s draft goals, objectives, and mapContinue Reading →

Recapping Chester Valley Trail West Meeting

Over 100 western Chester County residents and trail enthusiasts from across the county attended a recent public meeting about the Chester Valley Trail West study to learn more about the project and offer input.

The primary purpose of the meeting, which took place at The Parkesburg Point Youth Center on March 1, was to seek public input on the alignment alternatives that have been developed for the trail. Additionally, the project team shared the results of the public survey, which garnered over 2,800 responses. Overall, 89 percent of survey respondents were in favor of extending the Chester Valley Trail to the Lancaster County line.  Continue Reading →

Recapping Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan Meeting

About 40 people attended a recent public meeting about the draft Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan, which will focus on connectivity and accessibility to all modes of transportation in and around the Phoenixville area.

The event attendees explored posters depicting the 13 priority project recommendations for the plan. Priority projects were selected earlier this year by the project steering committee from a larger group of recommendations made by the public at a Planning Commission workshop last year.   Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Announces Proposed Development Review Fee Increase

Every few years, the Chester County Planning Commission examines its fees for reviews of subdivisions and land developments, also known as Act 247 fees. At its January 2018 meeting the Planning Commission advisory board reviewed current fees, which haven’t been raised since early 2015, as well as the fees of other southeastern Pennsylvania counties and Planning Commission costs. The board is recommending a 10 percent increase in the current fees, along with creating a cap on the maximum possible fee, which does not currently exist. This cap is proposed to be $10,000. The Planning Commission advisory board will act on this proposal at its March 14 meeting, with a proposed effective date of June 1, 2018. View proposed review fees.

Join us at March 6th 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 first public meeting this spring, which will take place March 6 at Henrietta Hankin Library, located at 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, Pa., 19425.

The northern region public meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an open house display and activities, with a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. Although registration is not required, an estimated head count would be helpful. Please feel free to invite others to the meeting, including your municipality’s planning commission members, elected officials, and residents.  Continue Reading →

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 →