Public Shares Ideas on Landscapes3

Many thanks to those who were able to join us at the first public meeting of 2018 for Landscapes3! We appreciate the level of interest in Chester County’s next comprehensive plan. Meeting attendees asked great questions and explored eight stations focused on different aspects of the plan. These ideas will be considered as the plan is developed.

Six of the stations focused on the plan’s goal areas – Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. The goal areas reflect the core themes brought forth during the development of Landscapes3. Planning Commission staff was available at each station to address comments or questions. An additional station provided the draft map for review and comment, in both hard copy format and the interactive format. The last station provided attendees the opportunity to consider what amenities they wanted the plan to support (such as active recreation parks or pedestrian amenities), and where in the landscapes those amenities belong.  Continue Reading →

Landscapes3 Draft Goals, Objectives, and Map Released for Review

If you are a Chester County resident or municipal official who has an interest in the county’s future, please check out the latest developments of Landscapes3, the county’s next comprehensive plan. In particular, we at the Chester County Planning Commission are asking for comments of the plan’s draft goals, objectives, and mapContinue Reading →

Join us at March 6th Landscapes3 Public Meeting

As we continue to advance the development of Landscapes3, Chester County’s next long-range comprehensive plan, we encourage municipal officials and residents to attend our upcoming Landscapes3 public meeting to comment on the plan’s draft map, goals, and objectives. Please join us for the first public meeting this spring, which will take place March 6 at Henrietta Hankin Library, located at 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, Pa., 19425.

The northern region public meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an open house display and activities, with a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. Although registration is not required, an estimated head count would be helpful. Please feel free to invite others to the meeting, including your municipality’s planning commission members, elected officials, and residents.  Continue Reading →

Landscapes3 Steering Committee Concludes 2017 Meetings

The development of Landscapes3 has advanced significantly throughout 2017, shifting from meetings with stakeholder teams on various topics to the first series of meetings with the steering committee. As part of the Landscapes3 public outreach efforts this past year, the Planning Commission staff attended over 20 community events, conducted a second photo contest, and launched a public survey that had nearly 6,000 participants.

During the fall the Landscapes3 Steering Committee met four times to discuss the plan’s vision, goals, and objectives. A public meeting was held in October to share the plan’s draft vision and receive input from the public. The final draft versions of the vision, goals, and objectives are currently being refined based on this input, and will be shared early in 2018.  Continue Reading →

Chester County Residents Provide Input at Landscapes3 Public Meeting

When it comes to planning Chester County’s future, there are many voices and viewpoints about ways to balance preservation with growth.

That’s why the Chester County Planning Commission recently conducted a public meeting about Landscapes3, the county’s next long-range comprehensive plan. About 50 county residents attended the meeting, which included an hour-long open house at the beginning with six stations about the key focus areas in Landscapes3: preserve, protect, appreciate, live, work, and connect. At these stations, different planners were available to answer residents’ questions about the topics.  Continue Reading →

Meet Landscapes3 Steering Committee Member Ernie Holling

Ernie Holling, a West Pikeland resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Holling is the president and chief executive officer of The InTech Group Inc., a company that provides global agility in technology solutions.

Holling is also a member of the West Pikeland Township Board of Supervisors and the president of the Chester County Association of Township Officials. He is a member of the Mill at Anselma Preservation and Education Trust Board of Trustees. Holling brings his expertise in infrastructure/utilities to the Landscapes3 Steering Committee.  Continue Reading →

Meet Landscapes3 Steering Committee Member Deirdre Flemming

Deirdre Flemming, an East Brandywine resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Flemming co-owns Two Gander Farm in East Brandywine with her husband.

As a steering committee member, she will bring expertise in the area of co-owning and operating a United States Department of Agriculture certified organic produce business that grows food for a 100-plus member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), local restaurants, retail stores, and for a prominent Philadelphia area farmers’ market. Flemming said she grows on 10 acres of leased land that is nested within a 262-acre preserve owned by the Brandywine Conservancy. Flemming said she and her husband are actively demonstrating how preserved farmland can be utilized to increase local food access, improve community health and quality of life, and protect natural resources through regenerative agriculture.   Continue Reading →

Meet Landscapes3 Steering Committee Member Neal Fisher

Neal Fisher, one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members, is the vice president of development for the Hankin Group, a real estate development company in Uwchlan.

Fisher is a professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise as a member of the steering committee include municipal services, land development, permitting, and construction management. He will promote connectivity, long-term planning, and sustainability for Chester County.  Continue Reading →

Meet Landscapes3 Steering Committee Member Cheryl Kuhn

Cheryl B. Kuhn, an Atglen resident, is one of the Landscapes3 Steering Committee members. Kuhn is the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce in West Grove.

Kuhn, who has an Institute of Organization Management certification, has worked at the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce since 2011. Her previous experience includes vice president with the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and more than 20 years in administration, operations and marketing communications for national and regional firms.  Continue Reading →

Meet Landscapes3 Steering Committee Member Larry Welsch

Larry Welsch, a Parkesburg native, is a Landscapes3 Steering Committee member. Welsch is the executive director of the Chester County Food Bank, which mobilizes the community to ensure access to healthy food.

As a member of the steering committee, he will bring his expertise in health and the food services business. At the food bank, he has worked toward alleviating hunger by offering healthy food to county residents who are struggling to make ends meet.  Continue Reading →