No fooling! Did you know that April 1, 2020 is Census Day?

In these uncertain times, getting a complete count of the county’s residents is more important than ever. The results of the census will help determine our community’s future – from funding for school lunches, to highways and public transit options, to responding to natural disasters.

When you fill out the census, you should include all those living in your house as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day). We encourage all residents to complete the census ASAP, however due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline has been extended to August 14, 2020.

Completing the census is easy! You can fill it out online, over the phone, or by U.S. mail. For more information about the 2020 census and to do your part, please visit

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Chester County Government and Courts Status

Due to Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order to help slow the spread of coronavirus throughout the region, Chester County Government and Courts are currently operating on an essential services-only basis, and our office is currently closed. All Chester County Planning Commission staff will be working remotely, and are available to contact via email.

Plans may  be submitted via the Chesco Self Service online portal at Endorsements will be made by appointment only. Email for an appointment

For staff contact information, please visit

If you are not able to complete your business online or find answers to your questions, please send us an email at, and someone will respond. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.  Please stay healthy, stay safe and stay home to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

2019 Transportation Improvement Inventory

The Environment and Infrastructure Division has completed and posted its 2019 Transportation Improvement Inventory (TII) to the Chester County Planning Commission’s website. In addition to the complete TII document, the website offers project lists by municipality, as well as legislative district. The TII is a comprehensive record of known transportation needs within Chester County. It includes proposed roadway, bridge, bicycle/pedestrian, and transit projects that have been recommended to the CCPC by municipalities and other stakeholders over time.

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Spring Planners’ Forum Highlights Economic Development, Housing, and new opportunities along the Brandywine River

It was a great turnout at the Chester County Planning Commission’s Spring Planners’ Forum on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 with nearly 60 people in attendance. Three presentations were given, with an introduction and welcoming remarks from the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art’s Executive Director, Virginia (Ginny) Logan.

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Planning Commission Welcomes New Technical Services Specialist

We are pleased to announce that Benjamin Nein has joined our staff as the new Technical Services Specialist. Benny recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Environmental Planning, and is on track to complete his Master of Science in Geography later this year. While an undergraduate, Benny was a data analyst intern at the Chester County Department of Parks and Open Space Preservation. He also worked as a graduate assistant providing data research and visuals for faculty and university events. We look forward to having Benny assist with GIS while also providing support with IT related tasks.

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Planning Commission Welcomes New Communications Coordinator

We are very pleased to announce Elle Steinman has joined our staff as the new Communications Coordinator. Elle graduated from West Chester University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Writing and Linguistics. Elle brings to the Planning Commission four years of experience working with local government, community affairs, and public communications. She is well-versed in a wide range of social media platforms and has been a contributing author to local publications.  Continue Reading →

Planning Commission Releases 2019 Annual Report

The Chester County Planning Commission released its 2019 Annual Report, which provides a recap of projects and accomplishments. Notably, the report highlights steps we took to begin implementing Landscapes3, Chester County’s comprehensive plan. This plan serves as a road map for the next 10 years, and it seeks to balance preservation and growth across the county’s landscapes through six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. During the year, the Planning Commission worked on resource preservation, urban and suburban center revitalization, housing diversity, transportation choices, collaboration, and resiliency. The annual report highlights examples of Landscapes3 implementation and upcoming initiatives toward further implementation of the plan. View the Annual Report.

Urban Center Design Guide Released

As part of Chester County’s commitment to design quality in its built environment, the Planning Commission issued a new design guide for the county’s Urban Center Landscapes. As designated on the county’s Landscapes map, Urban Center Landscapes encompass the county’s 15 boroughs, the City of Coatesville, and portions of neighboring townships that have Urban Center Landscape characteristics.

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