Celebrate Trails Day: Top 5 Best Kept Secrets in Chester County

Celebrate Trails Day (formerly Opening Day for Trails) is an annual spring celebration of America’s trails hosted on the fourth Saturday of April each year. The celebration encourages people of all ages and places to get outside and enjoy our nation’s great trails and trail systems. In fact, Chester County has an exceptional list of trail options – and while some of these trails are known to many, we’ve compiled a list of “Top 5 Best Kept Secrets” in Chester County for you to check out this Celebrate Trails Day!

 

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Chester County Environmental & Energy Advisory Board Quarterly Board Meeting

The Chester County Environmental & Energy Advisory Board will conduct its quarterly board meeting at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28th via Zoom. Please visit https://zoom.us/j/98503061778 to join the webinar or telephone 1-301-715-8592 and enter Webinar ID 985 0306 1778. We recommend beginning to log in at 2:20 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.

Protecting our Steep Slopes and Woodlands

Chester County’s landscape is defined by rolling green hills and picturesque woodland views which help to define our unique sense of place. One of the ways to help maintain this sense of place is by preserving our steep slopes and woodlands.

By limiting the disturbance of steep slopes, municipalities can greatly reduce soil erosion, stormwater runoff, and stream sedimentation. In addition to protecting water quality, wildlife habitats and scenic views are preserved.

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Chester County Planning Commission Announces 2020 Landscapes3 Achievements

While 2020 presented countless challenges for communities across the globe, Chester County continued to implement Landscapes3, the county’s comprehensive plan, through a variety of ways. These efforts (and more) can be identified through the Chester County Planning Commission’s recently released 2020 Metrics and Success Stories!

The 2020 metrics and success stories were presented at the Planning Commission’s April Board Meeting, and serve to support the six goals and vision of Landscapes3.

“Our 2020 metrics and successes show that our Chester County communities continue to remain resilient,” commented Planning Commission Executive Director, Brian O’Leary. “While some industries were more affected than others this past year, we see more positives than negatives which proves that even during a global pandemic, our efforts to continue implementing Landscapes3 are strong.”

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Chester County’s Virtual Spring Planners’ Forum

The Chester County Planning Commission held the 2021 Spring Planners’ Forum on Tuesday, March 30. More than 120 local planners, municipal officials, and other interested individuals joined on the Zoom call which began with a networking session at 8:00am.

The forum focused around the long-term impacts of the pandemic, and included perspectives from local transportation, land use, and demographic experts.

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Chester County to Hold Virtual Open Space Summit

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline, along with leaders of Chester County”s Planning Commission and Parks + Preservation, are hosting the annual Open Space Summit on Thursday, April 29, 2021.  The Summit includes a report on Chester County’s 2020 open space preservation achievements and ongoing commitment to the program, and will take place via Zoom from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz said, “Throughout this pandemic, Chester County’s protected open spaces have been a haven for thousands of people to safely visit and enjoy, and have helped to not only improve our physical health, but provide a remedy for our emotional and mental well-being too.”

“Anyone who wants to find out more about the true value of preserving open space in Chester County, and how their own local community can contribute, should ‘attend’ the summit.”

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Coatesville Revitalization Efforts Continue with the “nth Innovation Center”

While the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on many communities and businesses in 2020 (and into 2021), the City of Coatesville’s downtown revitalization efforts have continued to thrive and grow despite these many challenges!

One project that’s been highlighted on various occasions throughout the year is the two-acre property which was the former site of Lukens Steel’s marketing and sales office. The soon to be 30,000-square-foot building will serve as a start-up hub, and is located at 190 West Lincoln Highway in Coatesville.

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eTools Enhance Chester County’s Natural Resources

When envisioning Chester County, some of the main sights that come to mind are our waterways and greenways. Whether you’re traveling by car, bike, foot, or some other form of transportation – these assets are enjoyed by many and provide numerous benefits to our region.

Greenways are corridors of undeveloped land that offer various advantages to their surrounding area. Often located along streams, greenways support wildlife, provide recreation and environmental benefits, and increase the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Trail and recreation corridors are often located within greenways, which can help to attract businesses and support economic development within the area. Rail trails such as the Chester Valley Trail are some of the most common forms of greenways in our region, as well as the Brandywine Creek Greenway (a regional planning initiative), which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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CCHPN Spring Workshop

The Chester County Historic Preservation Network (CCHPN) hosted their 2021 Virtual Spring Workshop on Saturday, March 6, from 8:30am-12:30pm.

The workshop provided a series of four consecutive sessions on why preserving our historic places is so important, and featured engaging presentations on the following individual topics: Why Old Places Matter (Tom Hayes); Preservation, Planning and Protection Standards (Jeannine Speirs); Diversity and Historic Preservation (Bertha Jackmon & Tonya Thames-Taylor); and Historic Places in Open Spaces (John Snook).

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Join us for the 2021 Spring Planners’ Forum!

Our spring 2021 Chester County planners’ forum via Zoom on March 30 is rapidly approaching. We’ve got an exciting lineup of speakers for the event and will provide plenty of time to chat with your fellow planners during the first half an hour, from 8 am to 8:30 am, where people joining the meeting will be put into breakout rooms to chat with other planners.  After the presentations conclude at 9:30, there will be an opportunity to stay on the call and connect with anyone else who is participating. So far, we have nearly 70 planners signed up but more are always welcome.

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