Below you’ll find news and updates about Chester County’s Comprehensive Plan Update, Landscapes3.
In 2019, 65 of the county’s 73 municipalities endorsed Landscapes3, Chester County’s new comprehensive plan. By endorsing Landscapes3, these municipalities recognized the need to balance growth and preservation and address issues that transcend local boundaries.
Landscapes3, Chester County’s updated comprehensive plan, was recognized by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) with the 2019 Award for Plans. The award was presented to Chester County at the APA annual conference on Oct. 21 in Reading, Berks County where other outstanding planning projects, planners, and public officials from across the state were recognized for achievements in planning. This was not the first time the Planning Commission received recognition for Landscapes3. Continue Reading →
The Chester County Commissioners issued a proclamation in recognition of the work done by local, county, and regional planners in conjunction with the celebration of National Community Planning Month during today’s meeting.
“It’s important to take the time to acknowledge the valuable efforts and contributions of local planners, including those who work for the Chester County Planning Commission and municipal planning commissions,” said Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell. “Their work is significant when it comes to planning for our County’s future and balancing managed growth and preservation. In particular, we appreciate all the work that has been done this past year to implement aspects of Landscapes3, the County’s new comprehensive plan.” Continue Reading →
Two projects in Chester County – one in Avondale Borough and one in Elverson Borough – that received assistance through the county’s Vision Partnership Program (VPP) are moving forward. The VPP provides grants to Chester County municipalities and multi-municipal groups seeking to improve their planning programs while achieving consistency with and implementation of the goals, objectives, recommendations, and map of Landscapes3. Avondale adopted a new comprehensive plan this year, and Elverson completed full updates to the borough’s zoning ordinance and subdivision and land development ordinance in 2018.
The Chester County Commissioners presented plans for the County’s new Environmental and Energy Advisory Board to an audience of municipal representatives at the County’s annual stormwater management conference on Sept. 20. The Commissioners approved a resolution to establish the advisory board at a public meeting earlier this month, with the goal of creating a Climate Action Plan for Chester County. The Environmental and Energy Advisory Board will enhance the County’s commitment to preservation and protection of the environment and focus on the balance, interplay, and impact of energy-related initiatives and issues.
Congratulations to the Chester County municipalities that have been awarded through the competitive cash grant portion of the 2019 Round One Vision Partnership Program (VPP)! Brandywine Battlefield Group (Birmingham, East Bradford, Kennett, Pennsbury, Thornbury, and Westtown townships for a heritage interpretation plan), Caln Township (zoning ordinance update), East Fallowfield Township (Newlinville Village Master Plan), West Chester (High Street Corridor Study), and West Whiteland Township (historic resource survey update) were awarded in this grant cycle. Congratulations to these municipalities as they work to better plan their future and implement Landscapes3. Continue Reading →
Two Chester County municipalities – East Bradford and Tredyffrin – recently completed projects that received funding through the Vision Partnership Program, a grant available to Chester County municipalities and multi-municipal groups seeking to improve their planning programs while achieving consistency with and implementation of the goals, objectives, recommendations, and map of Landscapes3. In East Bradford, the township completed a Plum Run Corridor Master Plan, and Tredyffrin completed a Gateway Multimodal Transportation Study.
The Chester County Commissioners recognized the efforts of local leaders, board members and staff of the Chester County Planning Commission at a recent Sunshine public meeting, noting national and regional accolades for Landscapes3, Chester County’s newly adopted long-range comprehensive plan. Continue Reading →
The Planning Commission is committed to improving the county’s quality of place, as described and illustrated in Landscapes3, the county’s long-range policy plan. The agency offers services that support smart growth, open space preservation, natural resource protection, historic preservation, livable communities, economic development, and efficient infrastructure. View the Services Brochure to learn more.
If you’re a municipal official in Chester County who is wondering how you can implement Landscapes3, the county’s newly adopted comprehensive plan, the Chester County Planning Commission has suggestions for ways to do that through your ordinances that strengthen preservation, encourage smart growth, and improve the character of new development.