Updates from East Pikeland Township

Rusty Strauss, Township Supervisor from East Pikeland Township, recently attended the Chester County Planning Commission’s August Board Meeting to provide an update on current happenings in East Pikeland.

During his presentation, Strauss touched on various aspects of planning in the township – which is located along the Schuylkill River between Phoenixville Borough and Spring City Borough – as well as its zoning map, which features a mix of commercial, mixed-use, residential, and agricultural districts.

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Medical Marijuana – A Growing Industry

When we think of marijuana, we often associate it with being an illegal substance. However, this is quickly shifting across the nation as many states now allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, or even recreationally.

In Pennsylvania, marijuana is legal for medical purposes through the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act of 2016. It can be administered to treat a variety of serious medical conditions such as cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, autism, intractable pain – and the list goes on.

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Join us for the 2021 Virtual Transportation Forum

The Chester County Planning Commission will host the 2021 Transportation Forum, “Drivers, Deliveries & Dollars” on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm via Zoom.

The forum will include status updates on transportation planning, construction projects, and funding options from the Planning Commission’s Environment and Infrastructure Division, with presentations discussing current and planned transportation improvement projects, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s development of the Chester County Freight Plan, and the impacts of COVID-19 on our transportation system.

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Newly Released 2020 Census Data and Redistricting

On August 12, the Census announced that Chester County’s 2020 population was 534, 515 persons, which is a 7.1% increase from 2010, when it was 498,866. This new population figure confirms what everyone has been observing over the past few years – Chester County remains a popular and growing place, with a wide variety of housing being built around the county.

Chester County is expected to continue growing over the coming years; so, it’s critically important that local communities plan for this new development so that the county’s unique character and heritage are maintained.  The county’s comprehensive plan, Landscapes3, provides guidance on how to balance growth and preservation.

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Meet Our New Heritage Preservation Coordinator, Dan Shachar-Krasnoff

The Chester County Planning Commission is excited to welcome our new Heritage Preservation Coordinator, Dan Shachar-Krasnoff, to the team!

Having recently relocated to Center City Philadelphia with his wife, Dan is originally from St. Louis Missouri where he previously worked.

Dan enjoys the vibrancy and compactness of Chester County’s towns – Coatesville, Kennett Square, Oxford, Phoenixville, and West Chester to name a few – as well as the rolling hills, open space, and farmsteads of the county’s rural areas.

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Municipal Planning Grant Round 2 Open

The second round of the Vision Partnership Program (VPP), Chester Countys municipal planning grant program, is now open.  The deadline for applications is September 24, 2021 at 4 pm. Eligible projects include individual and multi-municipal comprehensive plans, ordinances, official maps, and a variety of studies. Efforts such as village master plans, trail feasibility studies, revitalization plans, historic preservation planning, stewardship plans, transportation studies, and sustainability/resilience plans are eligible project types.

Details and the application can be found online. Applications are to be submitted online by September 24, 2021 at 4 pm. Municipalities are strongly encouraged to  contact the VPP Grant Administrator and schedule individual pre-application meetings to discuss their applications. Such meetings must be requested prior to September 15, 2021.

Requests for pre-application meetings and other questions about the grant program can be directed to the Grant Administrator, William Deguffroy, at 610-344-6285 or wdeguffroy@chesco.org

Planning Commission to Conduct Monthly Meeting

The Chester County Planning Commission will conduct its monthly board meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2021 via a hybrid meeting. The meeting will be held at 601 Westtown Road, Suite 270, West Chester, PA 19380 as well as virtually on Zoom. Please visit https://zoom.us/j/91604214510  to join the webinar or telephone 1-312-626-6799 and enter Webinar ID 916 0421 4510.  We recommend beginning to log in at 1:45 in case of technical difficulties. The public is invited to join, and there will be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting. Please note that if you join by telephone you will not have the capability to comment or ask questions. You can email ccplanning@chesco.org and we will respond promptly. The agenda, and minutes from past meetings, are available on our website.