Learn about Hexagonal Schoolhouse in Caln

School is out for the summer but at least one in Chester County – the Caln Hexagonal Schoolhouse – is open occasionally for historical tours.

“They say Caln Township was just 12 large farms to begin with when a group of Quaker settlers from Calne England arrived here,” said Caln Township Community Outreach Specialist Abbey Swan. “Those same families are connected to most of the historical buildings in the township (and there are a lot) including the Hexagonal Schoolhouse.”

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Planning Commission to Conduct its Monthly Meeting

The Chester County Planning Commission will conduct its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. The meeting will take place in the Planning Commission offices of Suite 270, Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, Pa. Barry Seymour, executive director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, will give a presentation to the board. The public is invited to attend, and there will be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting.

Planning Commission Rolls Along with Active Transportation Inventory Project

These days, people crave the ability to walk and bike places. They don’t want to get in their cars every time they need to go somewhere.

During the development of the county’s new comprehensive plan, Landscapes3, Chester County residents identified the need for more bicycle and pedestrian facilities in their communities. These facilities provide residents with greater mobility, multimodal transportation options, and additional recreational options all leading to the development of healthier communities. Continue Reading →

Meet Planning Commission's New Housing and Economic Planner

Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff or board members. Housing and Economic Planner Libby Horwitz, AICP joined the team on June 17th. Libby, a former economic development coordinator for the City of Urbana in Illinois who is originally from Havertown, shared her journey to the Planning Commission and discussed her life philosophy, interests, and more.  Continue Reading →

Coatesville Anticipates Economic Development Opportunities

Good things are coming to Coatesville.

The city is already reaping benefits from being designated as an Opportunity Zone, according to a recent Philadelphia Business Journal article. Opportunity Zones were created as part of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and are designed to spur job creation and economic development by providing tax benefits to investors. Coatesville is the only Chester County municipality that has this designation. Continue Reading →