New FEMA Floodplain Maps Are Available for Chester County

Portions of Chester County were restudied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and floodplain maps have been updated and finalized. Property owners in or near the floodplain should obtain information regarding how the new FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) may affect their property, flood insurance requirements and costs, if a policy is required. Property owners who are newly designated in the floodplain may be eligible to receive a discount on their new policy, if purchased prior to the maps going final on Sept. 29, 2017.  Continue Reading →

Officials Create Pipeline Response Information

The Chester County Department of Emergency Services has prepared an overview of the response to a pipeline incident by local and county public safety officials. Exact actions taken during a pipeline incident will vary greatly based on the specific situation. To check out the information, click here.

For additional pipeline safety tips, visit the Chester County Pipeline Information Center.

Planning Commission Analyzes Landscapes3 Public Survey Results

Now that the Landscapes3 public survey has closed, the Planning Commission has begun to analyze the responses of nearly 6,000 participants.

Participants provided a total of 9,500 comments. The Planning Commission also received a lot of input through the electronic map feature, which was on the final screen of the survey. About 13,000 markers were placed on the map of Chester County, which included about 6,700 “thumbs up” icons that indicated positive feedback about places in the county.  Continue Reading →

Second Round of Vision Partnership Program Grants Opens

We are pleased to announce the second round of 2017 Vision Partnership Program (VPP) planning grants opened July 5. Through VPP, Chester County municipalities are eligible for funds to assist their communities with comprehensive planning, ordinance updates, and other studies.

The 2017 VPP Grant Manual and application materials are available online. Pre-application meetings are strongly encouraged, and can be scheduled by contacting Planning Services Director Susan Elks at The deadline to apply is Aug. 30, 2017.  Continue Reading →