Accomplishments: Landscapes and Landscapes2

Twenty years ago, Chester County made a choice. It chose to change – to redirect growth, to protect open space, and to revitalize its towns and communities. Have Landscapes and Landscapes2 been successful? The answer is an unequivocal yes. The citizens of Chester County, the county government, local municipalities, the business community, conservancies, and many others have worked extremely hard to improve the county.


Landscapes and Landscapes2 Accomplishments

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Work on Landscapes3 to Begin

Development of Landscapes3, the update to Landscapes2, Chester County’s Comprehensive Plan, will kick-off on September 13, 2016 at the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting. Landscapes2 has served the County well since adoption in 2009, with open space preservation, urban center revitalization and municipal planning assistance through the Vision Partnership Program. See Landscapes success stories here.

Now is the time to renew the County’s vision and ensure that Chester County remains a wonderful place to live, work, travel, and play. The update will involve three phases:

#TellUsL3 – Understanding the Issues This phase will focus on gathering background data on issues and trends that will be critical to address in Landscapes3. Continue Reading →

Millennials in Chester County

On Thursday July 22, 2016, Jake Michael of the Planning Commission staff gave a presentation at the Chester County 2020 Citizen Planner Breakfast about the how local planning is adapting to meet the needs of Millennial Generation.  How Chester County’s communities will adapt to the changing housing and employment needs of Millennials is become a significant planning issue, since this generation now comprises roughly a quarter of the population.

The presentation provides a lot of information that provides insights into the preferences and decisions made by this large, new cohort of our population.  The primary topics include housing, education, employment and transit choices since these could significantly impact planning decisions.  View presentation.