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 →

Longtime Planning Commission Board Member Judy DiFilippo Retires

Retiring Chester County Planning Commission board member Judy DiFilippo has roots deep in planning and serving others.

A Bangor, Maine native, Judy moved to Montgomery County in 1966 to study nursing at Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing. After graduation, Judy worked in the Lankenau Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit until her daughter, Rena, was born.

“Now, when people find out about my background in nursing, I say I am still taking care of people – just in a different way,” Judy said with a smile.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Highlights Affordably-Priced Housing Issue

Did you know that the median housing value in Chester County in 2017 was $337,000 – the highest in the state?

That can make it difficult for a broad spectrum of people – professionals, those in the trades, first-time home buyers, and seniors – to afford housing in Chester County. To delve more into this data, check out the Planning Commission’s PowerPoint presentationContinue Reading →

Planning Commission Bids Farewell to Assistant Director David Ward

Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff members. Assistant Director David Ward, AICP is retiring from his job here at the end of December after 42 years of service. He has been a driving force behind smart growth and good planning in the county over the past four decades.

David has been a familiar face around the county, and he will be missed. Learn more about his life, career, and future plans.   Continue Reading →

It's Official! Commissioners Adopt Landscapes3

We are pleased to announce that the Chester County Commissioners adopted Landscapes3, the county’s next long-range comprehensive plan, during a public hearing on November 29th. 

Landscapes3 seeks to balance preservation and growth across the county’s landscapes through six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. The plan 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.
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Meet Planning Commission Senior Environmental Planner

Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff members. Senior Environmental Planner Carrie J. Conwell, AICP discusses how she landed her first job in planning and how she arrived at the Planning Commission. She also shared information about her life philosophy, interests, family, and more.

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