Below you’ll find news and updates about Chester County’s Preservation Planning.
Molly K. Morrison, a well-known advocate for protecting and conserving open spaces, natural areas, and farmland in southeastern Pennsylvania, will be retiring from Natural Lands at the end of 2018 after 14 years as the organization’s president.
Under Molly’s leadership, Natural Lands has preserved permanently more than 32,000 acres of open space – including landmark additions to their preserve system such as Bear Creek, Bryn Coed, ChesLen, and Green Hills Preserves along with Stoneleigh: a natural garden – and elevated the organization’s focus on stewarding natural resources and connecting people to the outdoors. Continue Reading →
Two pieces of land that are part of the Brandywine Battlefield were recently secured as protected open space – one of which was celebrated on September 11th, which was the 241st anniversary of the legendary American Revolutionary War Battle of Brandywine. Continue Reading →
The 24th summer of Chester County’s Town Tours & Village Walks will begin on June 14 at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. The theme of this year’s series is exploring the county’s roots of industry and innovation. There will be 10 more free tours this summer, mainly every Thursday night. The free summer strolls will take place in historic neighborhoods, hamlets, villages, and sites throughout Chester County. Continue Reading →
When it comes to protected open space in Chester County, one thing is certain: It’s a priority for county officials to maintain it for future generations.
Since 2000, the Planning Commission has collected information summarizing the amount of open space protected in Chester County each year. This information is gathered from municipalities, land trusts, and various other state and county agencies. It is then mapped using the county’s Protected Open Space Tracking (POST) system, a web-based database and mapping program. Continue Reading →
What began as a plan to demolish a historic inn turned into a preservation story that was a win for the community!
A number of stakeholders including Summit Realty Advisors, the developer, and Tredyffrin Township worked on a compromise plan after more than 4,000 residents signed a petition calling for the preservation of the inn. Continue Reading →
Did you know Sept. 11 marks the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Brandywine, the largest single day battle of the Revolutionary War? The Chester County Commissioners are honored to commemorate this anniversary, share news on opportunities to engage with our history, and celebrate a grant awarded for further studies of the battle.
There will be two days of re-enactments in Birmingham Township, Chester County on Sept. 16 and 17 to recreate a part of the historic confrontation between American and Crown Force soldiers at historic Sandy Hollow. This re-enactment is taking place on the very lands where some of the fiercest battle action occurred.
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 →
Earlier this month, over 40 local planners participated in our semi-annual Planner’s Forum. Planners from all disciplines networked to hear about the comprehensive plan update, creative funding opportunities, complete streets, and millennial characteristics. The presentations from the forum are now available. Continue Reading →