Chester County and West Whiteland Township Partner to Create Trail Connecting Exton Train Station to Chester Valley Trail

Official construction to create the new multi-use path connecting the Exton Train Station to the Chester Valley Trail, located along Route 100 in West Whiteland Township, is well underway!

The new asphalt path will accommodate both pedestrian and bicycle traffic and allow a safe passageway for pedestrians to get from the Exton Train Station (on Walkertown Road) to the entrance of the Chester Valley Trail on Commerce Drive (Main Street at Exton).

The project will be completed in two phases, with the first phase connecting Exton Train Station to Bartlett Avenue, and the second phase connecting Bartlett Avenue to the Chester Valley Trail.

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Planning Commission Holds Public Meeting for Southern Chester County Circuit Trail Feasibility Study

On Tuesday, July 14, the Chester County Planning Commission held a public meeting discussing the Southern Chester County Circuit Trail Feasibility Study via Zoom from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

There were 165 people in attendance, with great public feedback and participation among attendees. The meeting was also live-streamed via the Planning Commission’s Facebook page, where the “event” piqued interest from an additional 45 potential trail users.

During the meeting, project manager for the study, Rachael Griffith, provided an overview of the project, including potential trail alignments and feedback received from the public so far. Attendees contributed to the discussion as well, especially regarding the trail’s potential use and location. Additional break-out sessions were facilitated by Planning Commission staff in order for attendees to take a deeper dive into specific discussion areas.

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July’s Featured eTool is Adaptive Reuse

Chester County’s rich cultural heritage is evident through many of the historic structures and buildings that still exist today. One of the ways this is possible is through the process of adaptive reuse, which is this month’s highlighted eTool.

Adaptive reuse is the process of repurposing buildings to address present-day needs and modern functions. The new functions are not what the building may have originally been intended or used for, however they are sensitive to the building’s character-defining features.

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Planning Commission to Conduct Monthly Meeting via ZOOM

The Chester County Planning Commission will conduct its monthly board meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8th via 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.

 

Planning Commission Welcomes Summer Intern

The Chester County Planning Commission is excited to welcome Austin Kerley as the new full-time intern for the summer!

Austin is a native of Chester County, growing up and residing in Chester Springs with his family. He is currently attending Bloomsburg University, where he is studying Environmental Science with a focus in Geography and Planning.

Over the next three months, Austin will be working on projects mostly within the Planning Commission’s Environment and Infrastructure Division, but will assist in other areas as well, such as GIS. He hopes to learn as much as he can in the Planning and GIS fields, and has already gotten off to a great start.

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Planning Commission Highlights Agricultural eTools

Chester County ranks second among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in agricultural production, and 53rd out of the 3,000 counties in the nation. Because of this, the agricultural industry continues to play a vital role in Chester County’s economy and culture. This month, our highlighted eTools focus on a few ways to support the agricultural industry within Chester County.

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Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board Holds First Board Meeting

The Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board held their first meeting, via Zoom, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. It was a productive and exciting kick-off meeting, with all 21 newly-appointed Board members on the call.

Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz began the meeting by welcoming everyone to the group. “It’s great to see everyone here for the first real meeting,” said Moskowitz. “I’m anxious to hear the conversation and listen to all of the great ideas.”

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Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board to Hold Meeting via ZOOM

Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board will be holding a meeting at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24th via ZOOM. Please visit https://zoom.us/j/95314559138  to join the webinar or telephone 1-312-626-6799 and enter Webinar ID 953 1455 9138.  We recommend beginning to log in at 2:15 in case of technical difficulties. The public is invited to join, and there will be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting.

“Restore Chester County” Provides Reopening Guidelines and Resources for Businesses and Residents

Chester County will be moving to green on June 26, and in preparation for the county’s phased reopening, the Chester County Commissioners and the Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force have launched an online toolkit offering guidelines that have been specifically designed for Chester County’s 15,000+ businesses and 525,000 residents. The Chester County Planning Commission has played a vital role in assisting with these efforts as well.

RestoreChesterCounty.org provides direct access to guidelines that are broken down by 20 different business and organization sectors here in Chester County,” explained Chester County Commissioners’ Chair, Marian Moskowitz.

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Planning Commission Office Status

As the County moves into the yellow phase, the Planning Commission office will be open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, starting on Friday, June 5 for mandatory services. Please call 610-344-6285 or email the office at ccplanning@chesco.org to make an appointment for plan endorsements or plan submissions before you come in. Please note, temperature screening and security procedures will be in place for anyone entering the Government Services Building.

Staff is primarily working from home and will continue to provide services and answer questions.

To expedite the plan review submission process, visit the online portal.