Vision Partnership Program — 2022 Round 2 Recipients
Posted November 16, 2022
Congratulations to yet another great round of recipients for Chester County's Vision Partnership Program! This year's Round 2 recipients include five cash grants to the municipalities of East Coventry Township, East Fallowfield Township, Phoenixville Borough, West Pikeland Township, and West Whiteland Township.
"This round of recipients includes a mix of good planning initiatives in five of Chester County's municipalities, which truly shows how Landscapes3 is being implemented in a variety of ways throughout our communities," noted Brian O'Leary, Executive Director.
East Coventry received $12,000 in VPP funding towards the completion of their Land Use Assumptions Report and Roadway Sufficiency Analysis in support of a new Act 209 Study. This effort will take a fresh look at development projections and existing/future traffic conditions; determine development traffic impact fees; and determine transportation capital improvements consistent with the current community and regional goals and vision.
VPP funding for East Fallowfield Township will go towards the update of their 1993 Open Space, Recreation, and Environmental Resources Plan. The township was awarded $30,000 towards the almost $64,000 project, which supports the preserve, live, and connect goals in Landscapes3. The revised plan will identify opportunities for future open space preservation, identify the demand for recreational parks and facilities, and provide a vision for a bicycle and pedestrian transportation network that connects neighborhoods to parks, schools, and businesses.
Over in the Borough of Phoenixville, $35,250 in VPP funding is exactly half of their total cost to update their 2013 Zoning Ordinance. On the heels of their newly adopted Comprehensive Plan, the Zoning Ordinance update will make sure new development is compatible with the borough's character, which is consistent with Landscapes3's vision for urban centers.
West Pikeland Township received the most funding of the group, at $40,000, to adopt an amendment to their Comprehensive Plan to include a Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. The new plan will provide guidance to the Township for improving their existing parks, conserving open space, and connecting trails — as well as provide recommendations on land use policies, financing, operations, and maintenance.
And finally, West Whiteland Township was granted $20,300 in VPP funding to support their new Parks Wayfinding Signage Manual. The purpose of the manual is to promote placemaking throughout the Township — starting with their 11 parks — by providing directional, educational, and information signage to enhance user experience throughout the parks.
These awards were approved at the Chester County Planning Commission's November Board Meeting.
The VPP is available 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. Learn more about the program.