Senior Staff member departs from the Planning Commission

Tom West, Technical Services Director of the Chester County Planning Commission staff, will be leaving his post after thirty years of dedicated service.  Over his tenure at the Commission, Tom has held a position in nearly every division; from subdivision review to developing products using Geographic Information System software.  He has seen the evolution of technology from typewriters to computer networks. He became fluent in both planning jargon and technical language and could bridge planning issues with technical solutions.


His skills made virtually every project the highest quality possible, resulting in many award winning plans and studies.  Thanks to his expertise, the Chester County Planning Commission boasts one of the best web sites in Pennsylvania; one that is contemporary and easy to navigate. You are invited to explore our website at


Tom will be moving into the next chapter of his career, serving as the first town planner for Lewes, Delaware.  The Planning Commission and staff alike wish him well in his next endeavor. He will be missed but not forgotten. He leaves a significant mark and culture on planning in Chester County.