With the adoption of Landscapes3, the County continues its pledge to balance growth and preservation. Planning must address growth pressure created by an anticipated 145,000 additional residents by the year 2040 in order to sustain Chester County as a great place to live, work and recreate.

Landscapes3 recommits to the following core principles that will position the county and its municipalities for success:

Resource Preservation

Recommit to protecting the county's open spaces, natural areas, and historic landscapes

Revitalized Centers

Guide compatible growth to the county's urban and suburban centers

Housing Diversity

Provide for diverse and affordable housing meeting the needs of all residents

Transportation Choices

Expand public transit, pedestrian, and bicycle networks


Promote effective multi-municipal and partner cooperation


Respond to changing markets, technology and environmental forces