Below you’ll find news and updates about Chester County’s Housing Planning.
Every month, the Planning Commission highlights one of its staff or board members. Housing and Economic Planner Libby Horwitz, AICP joined the team on June 17th. Libby, a former economic development coordinator for the City of Urbana in Illinois who is originally from Havertown, shared her journey to the Planning Commission and discussed her life philosophy, interests, and more. Continue Reading →
Looking for a snapshot of housing conditions in Chester County? The Planning Commission recently released its annual Housing Report for 2018, which documented an overall increase in recent years in both the cost of units and the number of units built. Continue Reading →
Apartments continued to be the most popular proposed housing type in Chester County in 2018 – a trend that started a few years ago – but there also was an increase in proposals for single-family detached homes.
Did you know that the median housing value in Chester County in 2017 was $337,000 – the highest in the state?
That can make it difficult for a broad spectrum of people – professionals, those in the trades, first-time home buyers, and seniors – to afford housing in Chester County. To delve more into this data, check out the Planning Commission’s PowerPoint presentation. Continue Reading →
It’s no secret that Chester County is a desirable place to live, especially since it has won many awards and accolades for education, leisure and tourism, employment, and open space. However, many people want to live in Chester County but cannot afford to do so. Continue Reading →
Housing choices for all residents is becoming an important topic of discussion in Chester County these days, and developers, municipal officials and experts recently shared ideas for how to tackle this issue during the county’s Urban Centers Forum. Continue Reading →
If you are a municipal official, staff member, main street manager, or consultant for one of Chester County’s municipalities, consider attending an upcoming Urban Centers Forum that will focus on fair housing, housing advocacy, housing tools, and development success stories.
The forum will take place from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. October 11 at the Downingtown S.T.E.M. Academy, 335 Manor Ave., Downingtown. This free event is open to representatives of Chester County’s municipalities on behalf of the Chester County Commissioners. Though the forum is geared toward urban centers, it may be of interest to municipal officials throughout Chester County since the topic is housing. RSVP today! Continue Reading →
If home is where the heart is, the heart of Chester County housing these days is multifamily homes, particularly apartments.
There were nearly 3,000 multifamily units proposed in 2016, which was an increase of approximately 1,000 since 2015. In particular, there was a drastic increase in the apartment development proposals over the past year. There were 2,231 apartment units proposed in 2016 compared to 1,150 in 2015. Continue Reading →
The first series of stakeholder meetings for Landscapes3, being held as part of the #TellUsL3 phase of plan development, are well underway. We’ve gathered exceptional teams of people to provide input on the topics of Preservation, Agriculture, and Housing. We’ve also been fortunate to have members of the public join the conversation, both in person and through our topical surveys. Continue Reading →