When it comes to housing diversity – we might simply think of houses in various sizes, shapes, colors, and costs. What we don’t often think about is how these housing types have an impact on our communities, our environment, and even our future. A greater diversity of housing types such as modern apartments, townhouses, condominiums, and carriage homes have popped up throughout the region in recent decades. While many of these options appeal to those who are looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle, they also help to provide housing diversity in a region which was once comprised of primarily single-family detached homes.
Although these newer developments suit the needs of many young professionals, empty nesters, and others looking to downsize, additional types of housing must be considered in order to meet the needs of everyone in Chester County.
While this past year proved to be a challenge of many levels, the Planning Commission quickly pivoted in mid-March to working remotely and holding virtual meetings with stakeholders by utilizing webinars, public hearings, and many municipal outreach initiatives to continue the implementation of the six goal areas of Landscapes3. The Chester County Planning Commission presented a summary of their yearly activities to the Chester County Board of Commissioners with the release of their 2020 Annual Report.
Open space preservation continued to be a high priority in Chester County in 2020, with several hundred additional acres of land protected, including five farms and a 91-acre addition to Crow’s Nest preserve. Additionally, Planning Commission staff analyzed municipal open space tools and created an interactive map where these local efforts can be viewed online.
In order to maintain safe and efficient growth for our communities now and into the future, evolving the ways in which we connect becomes essential. From our drive to work or the grocery store, to our access to multi-use trails and clean energy networks – many of these systems play an important role in our lives each day. While 2020 was a unique year and proved, more than ever, that our ability to adapt to the needs of our communities is integral, 2019 saw a normal and rather successful year in terms of projects and initiatives.
Great news for jobseekers in the Coatesville area, as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) recently partnered with Urban Outfitters Inc. (URBN) to launch a new program providing transportation from the City of Coatesville to the Urban Outfitters Distribution Center in Gap, PA. “The Outfitter” launched Monday, February 8, and serves as an employee shuttle and public bus route providing limited stop service from downtown Coatesville directly to the Urban Outfitters Distribution Center. The service, which is managed by TMACC, is free for employees and coincides with the start and finish of each work shift in order to maximize the shuttle’s use.
The Chester County Planning Commission, in partnership with the Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board, is holding a virtual public meeting to present the county’s proposed Climate Action Plan on Thursday, March 4, at 6:30pm. The updated Climate Action Plan will provide a current greenhouse gas emissions inventory, as well as action plans for reducing emissions and improving energy efficiency throughout the county.
The Chester County Planning Commission is excited to welcome Kylie Sentyz to our Administrative Support team! With a background as a paralegal and having previously worked for Chester County Voter Services, the Planning Commission’s Administrative and Communications division is thrilled to have Kylie on board.
Growing up on a farm in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, Kylie enjoys being outdoors, exploring new places and scenery, and spending time with her family. In her spare time, Kylie can be found staying active through various activities such as swimming, camping, skiing, and playing sports. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and sightseeing.
There’s so much history here in Chester County – from the roads we travel, to the places we visit, and sometimes even right in our own backyards. In fact, almost 250 years ago there were thousands of soldiers marching across the Brandywine Valley in what would come to be known as the largest single-day-land-battle of the entire American Revolution. While some elements of the Battle of Brandywine remain obvious, others must be “uncovered” in order to help understand and share their story.
From our ability to adapt in a global pandemic, to the economic strength of our communities, Chester County’s ability to “prosper” can be seen in a number of ways.
While 2020 was a year no one could have anticipated, 2019 was a fairly successful year for Chester County overall, with a number of projects and initiatives that were completed to help implement Landscapes3, the county’s comprehensive plan.
Over the years, Chester County has made many strides to promoting environmentally-sustainable practices and standards throughout our communities. Now that we’ve made our way into 2021, communities should consider reassessing their current efforts to ensure the best “green” practices for residents and businesses both now, and into the future. The following three eTools provide ideas for saving energy and promoting green development practices.
With so much growth throughout Chester County’s suburban centers in recent years and with more growth expected, our communities are facing many challenges and must prepare for the new growth that is coming. To assist with these efforts, the Chester County Planning Commission is excited to present the new Suburban Center Landscapes Design Guide! This guide provides planning and design guidance for new development in corridors, underutilized shopping centers, older office and business parks, and infill locations within Chester County’s Suburban Center landscapes.