Chester County currently has over 500,000 people and 300,000 jobs and has a wide range of urban, suburban, rural, and agricultural landscapes. Significant new development is expected because of the county's growing population and job base. This web page provides information on the Vision Partnership Program, plan review procedures, and land use tools.

Programs and Projects

Plan Review

The Planning Commission is responsible for a wide variety of mandated planning reviews including subdivision and land development reviews under the Municipalities Planning Code and sewage facilities reviews under Act 537. View complete information on CCPC reviews.

Vision Partnership Program

This competitive grant program provides both technical and financial assistance to municipalities in the preparation of comprehensive plans, ordinances, official maps, and special planning projects, such as connectivity plans, open space plans, economic development studies, historic surveys, and corridor plans. Learn more.

Land Use Studies — Commercial Landscapes

The Commercial Landscapes planning series highlights the importance of repurposing significant commercial areas in Chester County with realistic strategies, recommendations and best practices. This was a collaborative effort between county agencies and a task force that included municipal representatives, developers, consultants and others concerned about the future of commercial properties. Learn more.

Planning Toolbox — Land Use

The goal for land use is to preserve and enhance the diversified mix of land uses within the urban, suburban, rural, agricultural and natural landscapes to maintain the balance between growth and preservation. View tools that can help achieve this goal at the municipal level through sustainable and energy conservation practices.

Planning Education Services

Attending community planning courses can help you become well informed by learning the basics. There is a series of planning courses available to you here in Chester County. Learn more.

County-wide Planning Policies

Landscapes3 is the comprehensive plan for Chester County, and renews the county's commitment to balancing growth and preservation to foster vibrant communities. Landscapes3 is organized around six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect, and addresses land use, growth, and preservation as part of the Landscapes Map. Land use is addressed primarily as part of the Landscapes Map within Landscapes3, with additional discussion within Preserve, Protect, Live, and Prosper.

Issues and Trends

Chester County Land Use Analysis Summary

Learn more about existing land use in the county, general changes over the past twenty years, and major trends.      

Planning in Pennsylvania

It is important that you become familiar with the rules that guide planning in your municipality. State enabling legislation has been passed that governs planning in Pennsylvania. It guides how local planning commissions operate, as well as the plans and ordinances that are developed to implement the plan. Learn more.

Subdivision and Land Development Activity Reports

These reports list proposed subdivision and land development application submissions for review under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), Act 247. View reports.

Municipal Project Examples

Review some successful planning projects around the county.


View a list of our partner agencies.