Recapping Semi-Annual Planners' Forum

Several topics, including the Chester Valley Trail, development trends in Great Valley, economic development in the Kennett area, and riparian buffers, were discussed at the Chester County Planning Commission’s fourth semi-annual Planners’ Forum on Oct. 5.

The 49 planners who attended heard a range of presentations, which can be viewed in the PowerPoint summary found hereContinue Reading →

Video Series: Planning Chester County's Future Together


Come learn about what makes Chester County special, why we need to protect these treasures, and how we can plan the county’s future together. The first segment of a four-part video series on planning in Chester County has been released. This series hopes to engage you in the preparation of Landscapes3, the county’s next comprehensive plan.

Check out the video here.

There will be a Landscapes3 public meeting from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton.

Meet Landscapes3 Steering Committee Member Blair Fleischmann

Blair W. Fleischmann, an Upper Oxford resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. She is the current executive director of S.A.V.E. (Safety, Agriculture, Villages & Environment).

Fleischmann serves as treasurer of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and secretary of the Upper Oxford Township Historical Commission. She is a trustee of the Homeville Cemetery Co. and treasurer of the Oxford Regional Emergency Management group. She also serves on the Conservancy Committee of the Brandywine Conservancy and was previously on the boards of Chester County 2020, the Octoraro Watershed Association, and the Oxford Area Historical Association. Fleischmann is a former staff accountant and lives with her husband, Charlie, on a preserved farm in Upper Oxford.  Continue Reading →

Meeting Landscapes3 Steering Committee Member George Beer

George Beer, a Pennsbury resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Beer is the founder and president of the Delaware Valley Development Company, a real estate development, building and investment company, specializing in affordable housing and land development in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Beer has worked in real estate development business and management since 1984 and in the housing business since 1992. In addition to being a member of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee, he was involved with Landscapes2, the county’s current comprehensive plan.  Continue Reading →

State Officials Alert Residents about Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species native to Southeast Asia, has found its way to southeastern Pennsylvania, including parts of Chester County. It is known to destroy crops such as grapes, hops, and trees. In an effort to detect and control the Spotted Lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has established an email ( and phone number (866-253-7189) that they are asking residents utilize when sightings occur outside of the “quarantine area.”

Check out the quarantine areas in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more about the Spotted Lanternfly by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture  or the Penn State Extension.

Seeking Input about Chester Valley Trail West Project

The Planning Commission is seeking input about a plan to extend the Chester Valley Trail west of Downingtown. To participate in a public survey about the Chester Valley Trail West project, click here. There also will be a public meeting from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 17 at Coatesville Area Senior High School, 1445 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. To register for the meeting, click here.

The goal of the project is to connect the Chester Valley Trail with the future 29-mile multi-use Enola Low Grade Trail located just outside of Atglen in Lancaster County. The Chester Valley Trail West project includes eight Chester County municipalities: Caln, Downingtown, Coatesville, Valley, Parkesburg, Sadsbury, West Sadsbury, and Atglen. For more information about the project, click here.