Join us for the 2021 Housing Forum

As described on the Missing Middle Housing website, the word “Missing” is used to describe housing types that are generally not permitted to be built since the 1940s in many places due to zoning restrictions. This term was coined by Opticos Design Founder, Daniel Parolek in 2010, and is the topic for the Chester County Planning Commission’s 2021 Housing Forum!

The Chester County Planning Commission will host the 2021 Housing Forum,“What’s our type? Missing Middle typologies to meet housing needs” on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm at the Exton Library, and via Zoom. Presentations will focus on local Missing Middle typologies and approaches for municipalities to encourage Missing Middle Housing.

This forum provides a great opportunity for those who are interested in learning more about the county’s housing planning activities, and is open to all municipal staff, partners, and anyone else that would like to attend.

Register for the in-person event.

Register for the virtual event.

Tredyffrin’s Jones Log Barn Living History Center

The Jones Log Barn in Tredyffrin Township is likely one of the oldest barns in the region. However, twenty years ago, it was falling apart and set to be demolished to settle an estate.

Thanks to the work of local and historic preservationists who worked for years to dismantle, relocate, and reassemble the barn – it is now reopening as the Jones Log Barn Living History Center!

The barn will showcase farm life in the 18th-century here in Chester County, as well as Tredyffrin’s role in the Revolutionary war and the process of preserving a historic barn.

As noted in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article, “The architectural plan was drawn by the restoration architects Frens & Frens of West Chester, and the actual log assembly was done by Scott Walker, a Montgomery County-based timber framer who grew up in Atlanta and was intrigued by working in Southeastern Pennsylvania because ‘This is where the barns started. They’re the oldest buildings we have.’”

The project was guided by the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s President, Pattye Benson, and was made possible by donations of money and materials.

“One third of the flooring, half of the rafters, and one fourth of the roof system and door jambs are from the original barn,” Benson noted in the article.

The preservation of this barn supports the “Appreciate” goal in Landscapes3, Chester County’s Comprehensive Plan, as it helps to preserve historic resources in their context while supporting appropriate reuse as a vital part of our community infrastructure and character.

The Jones Log Barn Living History Center will be open from April 1 through October 30, and other times by appointment. For more information or to arrange a tour, please contact Pattye Benson at 610-644-6759.

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Join us for the Fall Urban Centers Forum

Chester County’s Urban Centers include the 15 boroughs throughout the county as well as the City of Coatesville. Each of these urban centers serves as a civic, economic, and population center with a traditional town character and identity of its own.

To support the county’s 16 Urban Centers, the Chester County Planning Commission and Chester County Department of Community Development host an annual Urban Centers Forum to present topics and information relevant to our Urban Centers while offering potential solutions and opportunities for discussion and networking.

This year, the Fall Urban Centers Forum, “Great Green, Growing Small Towns,” will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Presentations will include:

  • Permeable Paving (Hoopes Alley porous paver project); Green (stormwater) Bump-outs; Stream Protection Fee Program – Will Williams, West Chester Borough
  • Swarthmore Borough Roundabout – Pedestrian safety, traffic calming, and stormwater management/vegetation – Nicole Kline and Jamie Kouch, McMahon Associates, Inc.
  • Street Trees; Urban Forests; Green Infrastructure; Urban Heat Island effects – Chris Linn, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

The forum will take place in-person at Oxford Borough Hall (1 Octoraro Alley, Oxford, PA 19363) and via Zoom. We encourage anyone who can attend in-person to do so to gain the most out of the event, but a virtual option is available as well. (Note that CDC guidelines will be followed for the in-person event).

Additionally, a walking tour of Oxford’s historic downtown will be offered after the event, and attendees are encouraged to visit local restaurants and enjoy all that downtown Oxford Borough has to offer. Prizes and other surprises will be provided for in person attendees, so don’t miss out by registering to join us!

To learn more about Chester County’s Urban Centers, visit