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.
Avondale retained Ray Ott & Associates, in association with Sarcinello Planning & GIS Services, to assist them with development of a new comprehensive plan. Adopted in 2019, the plan focused recommendations in the areas of housing, circulation, future development and redevelopment, resource protection, and community services/facilities/communication. Public outreach during development of the plan included a survey in both English and Spanish, key person interviews, a public workshop with hands-on exercises, and bimonthly meetings devoted to the comprehensive plan. This project was funded by Avondale Borough and a VPP cash grant. View the plan.
Assisted by the Chester County Planning Commission, Elverson Borough completed full updates to their zoning ordinance and subdivision and land development ordinance in 2018. The updated ordinances will help guide future growth and ensure that new development is complementary with the character of Elverson. Both ordinances were updated to improve the ease with which they can be used by the borough’s staff and elected and appointed officials, as well as landowners within the borough. The project was funded by the Borough of Elverson and a VPP technical services grant. View the ordinances.