December 2022

photoCounty Leaders Discuss Direction of Chester County Climate Action Plan in 2023

Posted December 21, 2022

Chester County leaders and partners recently met to discuss and prioritize the long and short-term steps needed to achieve the county's Climate Action Plan goal to reduce greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050. See the press release to learn more.

photoSolar Stakeholders Roundtable Wrap-Up

Posted December 21, 2022

The Clean Energy Subcommittee of Chester County's Environmental and Energy Advisory Board (EEAB) held an event on December 8 bringing together a variety of professionals to better understand the current barriers to installing solar infrastructure in Chester County. Check out the follow up to learn more.

photoUpdates from West Vincent Township

Posted December 20, 2022

West Vincent Township provided the CCPC Board with an update on their recently adopted Forest Protection Ordinances, which were funded in-part through the county's Vision Partnership Program. Check out the follow up to learn more.

photoUnderstanding Social Equity

Posted December 20, 2022

CCPC launched a new webpage titled "Understanding Social Equity" that provides information and links for grant applicants and others seeking information about social equity. View the webpage to learn more.

photoChester County Preservation Partnership Program Grant Round Open

Posted December 19, 2022

The Chester County Department of Parks + Preservation is accepting applications for its Municipal and Conservancy grant programs through February 28, 2023. Learn more.

photoNew Rural Center Landscapes Design Guide Released

Posted December 9, 2022

We are excited to share that CCPC released a new Rural Center Landscapes Design Guide — the fourth design guide in a series of six to be published to help implement the goals of Landscapes3! Learn more and view the guide.

photoFollowing Up: 2022 Housing Forum

Posted December 7, 2022

CCPC's annual Housing Forum was held on November 15, brining more than 50 attendees together at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester and via Zoom to discuss the costs of building A+ Homes in Chester County. Learn more.

November 2022

photoMore Energy Projects Now Eligible for Financing Through Recent C-PACE Program Expansion

Posted November 28, 2022

Last month, the Chester County Commissioners passed a resolution to expand the county's recently implemented Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, which assists various types of property owners with funding for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Learn more.

photoMeet our New Transportation Planner

Posted November 21, 2022

Our transportation planners are at the forefront of transportation planning in Chester County, and we are excited to welcome our newest member to CCPC's Multimodal Transportation Planning division — Patty Quinn! Learn about Patty.

photoMitigating Urban Heat Islands in Chester County

Posted November 21, 2022

With rising temperatures due to climate change, it's important for municipalities to implement strategies to mitigate urban heat islands. Check out this month's featured eTools to learn about urban heat island mitigation, including implementing street trees and urban green spaces.

photoFollowing Up: 2022 Urban Centers Forum

Posted November 18, 2022

The 2022 Urban Centers Forum, "Density, Diversity, and Discussion," featured a lively discussion amongst representatives from Chester County's urban centers on Tuesday, October 25. This year's forum welcomed more than 50 participants between those in-person and those online via Zoom. See the follow up.

photoChester County Commissioners Present Agriculture Awards

Posted November 17, 2022

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 Chester County Agriculture Awards! The annual awards were presented by the Chester County Commissioners and Agricultural Development Council to Jamie Hicks (Farmer of the Year Award), and the Baily Family of West Chester (Duncan Allison Distinguished Service to Ag Award) on November 16. Check out the press release to learn more.

photoVision Partnership Program — 2022 Round 2 Recipients

Posted November 16, 2022

We are excited to congratulate this year's Round 2 recipients for Chester County's Vision Partnership Program, which include five cash grants to the municipalities of East Coventry Township, East Fallowfield Township, Phoenixville Borough, West Pikeland Township, and West Whiteland Township! Read about their projects.

photoFollowing Up: Fall 2022 Planners' Forum

Posted November 10, 2022

CCPC's Fall 2022 Planners' Forum took place on 10/18 highlighting topics such as economic development initiatives in Coatesville, a developer's perspective on affordable housing, and implementing Chester County's new ag plan. Check out the follow up to learn more.

photo2022 A+ Homes Forum — Decoding Housing Proformas

Posted November 1, 2022

CCPC's annual Housing Forum will take place on Tuesday, 11/15, featuring a discussion about the actual costs of building new A+ Homes in Chester County. Guest speakers include Ryan Bailey, Eli Kahn, Tracy Patches, and Kevin Gore. Learn more and register.

October 2022

photoChester County Planning Commission Supports Keep Chester County Beautiful

Posted October 31, 2022

We are excited to share that Chester County is now an official affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful! The goal of Keep Chester County Beautiful is to expand capacity within the county for litter abatement, waste reduction, beautification, and environmental stewardship. Learn more.

photoUpdates from West Whiteland Township

Posted October 20, 2022

Officials from West Whiteland Township recently provided an update to the CCPC Board regarding some of their latest projects and initiatives. This included projects funded through the Vision Partnership Program, as well as various others. Check out the follow up to learn more.

photoUpdate from the America250PA Chester County Commission

Posted October 19, 2022

The Chester County Planning Commission's Heritage Preservation Coordinator, Laura DeMatteo, recently provided an update on the America250PA Chester County Commission's latest status and activities, including their six new committees and themes. Learn more.

photoAdopting an Official Map

Posted October 18, 2022

Official Maps can serve as a useful tool by effectively prioritizing a municipality's acquisition needs and allowing them to focus on what's important to the community. Check out this month's featured eTool to learn more about adopting an official map.

photoFollowing Up: 2022 Transportation Forum

Posted October 17, 2022

This year's Transportation Forum, "Trains, Trails, and Tractor Trailers" was held on 9/22 at the West Whiteland Township Building and via Zoom featuring an engaging discussion on county-wide transportation efforts and initiatives presented by CCPC's Multimodal Transportation Planning Division, along with various others. Check out the follow up to learn more and view the recording.

photoMeet Our New Heritage Preservation Coordinator

Posted October 12, 2022

CCPC's helps to tell the story of Chester County's past in various ways. We are excited to welcome our new Heritage Preservation Coordinator to help fulfill this mission, Laura DeMatteo! Learn about Laura.

photoFollowing Up: Tours of Hibernia Dam at Chambers Lake

Posted October 11, 2022

For more than 25 years, Hibernia Dam and Chambers Lake have been providing recreation, water supply, and flood protection to residents in Chester County. The Chester County Water Resources Authority recently led guided walking tours of the property to give residents an opportunity to learn the history of the dam and how it works. Check out the follow up to learn more.

photoChester County Recognizes National Community Planning Month

Posted October 6, 2022

In recognition of October as National Community Planning Month, join us in celebrating the importance of local planning, especially as it relates to economic resiliency and sustainability here in Chester County. Check out some recent initiatives and learn more.

September 2022

photoMeet our New Trails Planner

Posted September 21, 2022

There's no doubt that trails play a major role in Chester County, so it's important to make sure the planning behind them is well thought out and meets the needs of the county's residents and visitors. The Chester County Planning Commission's Multimodal Transportation Planning Division helps to make this happen, and we are very excited to welcome our new Trails Planner, Steve Buck! See more about Steve.

photoUpdates from East Whiteland Township

Posted September 20, 2022

East Whiteland Township's Director of Planning and Development, Zach Barner, along with Assistant Township Manager, Steve Brown, recently provided an update to the CCPC Board on the township's planning initiatives since their last presentation in July of 2021. Check out the follow up.

photoJoin us for the 2022 Urban Centers

Posted September 19, 2022

This year’s Urban Centers Forum, "Density, Diversity and Discussion," will take place on Tuesday, October 25, at the Chester County Safety Training Campus in Coatesville. The Forum will highlight successes and challenges presented by representatives from each urban center to help keep Chester County’s Urban Centers thriving into the future. Learn more and register.

photoUpcoming Master Planner Program — Course in Community Planning

Posted September 19, 2022

Chester County 2020 has resurrected the Master Planner Program and will feature the upcoming Course in Community Planning at the West Chester University Graduate Center from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on October 12, 19 and 26. Topics include basic knowledge of the Municipalities Planning Code, comprehensive planning, plan implementation including zoning, subdivision and land development regulations, the Official Map, and how effective planning commissions work together. Learn more.

photo2022 Town Tours and Village Walks Program

Posted September 16, 2022

Chester County's Town Tours & Village Walks program wrapped up another great series of events in its 28th season highlighting the "Founding Mothers and Fathers" of Chester County's past! The tours welcomed 1,220 attendees with many familiar faces returning this year as well as lots of new faces. Learn more.

photo2022 Fall Planners' Forum

Posted September 12, 2022

The 2022 Fall Planners' Forum will take place at the Nth Solutions Corporate Office in Coatesville and via Zoom from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on 10/18 touching on current topics such as Coatesville's new initiatives, affordable housing development, and ag economic planning. Learn more and register.

photoJoin us for the 2022 Transportation Forum

Posted September 8, 2022

The Chester County Planning Commission will host the 2022 Transportation Forum, "Trails, Transit, and Tractor Trailers" at the West Whiteland Township Building and via Zoom from 7:00pm - 8:30pm on Thursday, 9/22. Topics will highlight the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's work on the Chester County Freight Plan, an overview of the Chester County Trails Master Plan, and information on improving the county's transit environment. Learn more and register.


August 2022

photoGetting Started with Complete Streets

Posted August 19, 2022

It is important to consider all factors when it comes to Chester County's streets — from those who travel in automobiles, to pedestrians, and everything in between. By adopting a Complete Streets Policy, municipalities can be sure to address the needs of all modes of transportation. Check out this month's featured eTool to learn about Complete Streets, including Chester County's Complete Streets Policy.

photoNew Conservation Subdivision Design Guide

Posted August 19, 2022

CCPC released a new Conservation Subdivision Design Guide to help municipalities develop effective ordinances that enable conservation subdivisions resulting in vibrant places that harmonize with the surrounding community. The guide includes background information about existing conservation subdivisions, example design elements, sample ordinance language, and tips on getting started with adopting or amending a conservation subdivision ordinance. Learn more and check out the guide.

photoAmerica250PA Chester County Commission Holds First Official Meeting

Posted August 17, 2022

Chester County joined communities across the nation in support of America's 250th celebration taking place in 2026 by forming the America250PA Chester County Commission. At their organizational meeting on 7/12, the commission selected officers, discussed approaches for the commemoration, and proposed six new sub-committees. Check out the follow up to learn more.

photoL3 Success Story — Restoration of Longwood's Orchid House

Posted August 16, 2022

Longwood Garden' Orchid House reopened in February 2022 as the first step of Longwood Reimagined — a transformation of the gardens to open in 2024. The restoration of the Orchid House supports the Appreciate goal in Landscapes3, as it preserves the historic resources and landscapes that define our cultural heritage to inspire the future through tangible connections to our shared past. Learn more.

photoVPP Round 2 Now Open

Posted August 10, 2022

The Chester County Planning Commission is pleased to announce the opening of Round 2 of the Vision Partnership Program (VPP) for 2022! Eligible projects include individual and multi-municipal comprehensive plans, ordinances, official maps, and a variety of specialized studies. Learn more about the program.

photoChester County Launches Walk. Ride. Drive. Safe Campaign

Posted August 4, 2022

Chester County's new Walk. Ride. Drive. Safe campaign offers tips and rules to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe — and drivers aware. The county's more congested urban and suburban areas make safety awareness very important, especially with the outdoor activity season in full swing. Learn more about the campaign.

photoChester County Commissioners Approve Contract to Bolster Historic Tourism

Posted August 3, 2022

The Chester County Commissioners recently approved a $156,000 contract to bolster historic tourism in Chester County. The contract is with Luzerne County-based Heritage Strategies LLC, and will help to rebuild the tourism lost due to the pandemic, especially as the county prepares for the celebration of the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026. Learn more.

photoMeet our Summer Interns

Posted August 1, 2022

The Chester County Planning Commission is pleased to feature our 2022 Summer Interns, James Steuteville and Marina Rullo, as this month's Staff Spotlight! James has been supporting several projects in CCPC's Environment and Infrastructure Division, while Marina has been working with the new Sustainability Director. Learn more about James and Marina.

July 2022

photoSave the Date for Chester County's Clean Energy Tour

Posted July 13, 2022

Hundreds of solar-savvy installers and grassroots organizations will showcase their solar-powered homes, schools, and businesses on 10/1 and 10/2 to prove how clean energy practices can drastically reduce energy bills and carbon emissions. Chester County residents who are interested in sharing their own Clean Energy systems are encouraged to upload a three-minute video to the website by 8/15. There is also an option to be a host in the in-person tour. Learn more and get involved.

photoChester County's Annual Farm Guide

Posted July 11, 2022

For over 20 years, the Chester County Farm Guide has served as an annual resource that many residents and visitors look forward to reading. It supports the "Live" goal in Landscapes3 by promoting increased access to fresh, healthy, and local food. With so many great options to choose from in Chester County, consumers can pinpoint exactly what they're looking for and feel good about growing our regional economy. Learn more about the guide.

photoThe Importance of Native vs. Non-Native Plants

Posted July 8, 2022

Have you ever wondered why are native plants are so important? Unlike non-native plants, they protect and restore wildlife habitats and water, lessen the use of pesticides, and play a critical role in protecting the county against the spread of invasive plants. Check out this month's featured eTool to learn more about the importance of landscaping with native plants.

photoMeet our new Transportation Planner

Posted July 6, 2022

Our transportation planners play an important role in the day-to-day initiatives as well as the future of Chester County. We are excited to welcome our newest transportation planner to the Chester County Planning Commission — Alex Sankaran! Learn more about Alex.

June 2022

photoUpdates from Thornbury Township

Posted June 22, 2022

Congratulations to Thornbury Township for the recent completion and update of their 1983 Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SLDO), as well as their 1996 Official Map! The adoption of the SLDO and Official Map completes the Township's process of updating their full suite of planning policy documents and regulatory ordinances. Learn more.

photoImplementing Zoning Overlay Districts

Posted June 21, 2022

When it comes to zoning districts, municipalities often include zoning overlays to effectively address the needs within their community. To learn more about zoning overlays, including how to implement them within a community, information on the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), and additional examples in Chester County, check out this month's featured eTool.

photoNew Amtrak Bus Service

Posted June 17, 2022

A new bus service connecting residents and visitors from Reading and Pottstown to Central Philadelphia serves as an important first step in the tri-county initiative to restore passenger rail service between Phoenixville, Pottstown, and Reading. This initiative supports the Connect goal in Landscapes3, as it helps to advance efficient, reliable, and innovative transportation, utility, and communications infrastructure systems that responsibly serve thriving and growing communities. Check out a summary to learn more.

photoChester County's Preserved Farm Tours

Posted June 8, 2022

This past May, the county hosted various guided tours to showcase the variety of preserved farms and farm products in Chester County, as well as provide residents with a unique opportunity to visit and learn about the value of agricultural preservation. Check out a summary from each of the tours.

photoCelebrating Chesco's Open Space Achievements — A Follow Up to the 2022 Open Space Summit

Posted June 7, 2022

Chester County celebrated a milestone achievement in open space preservation during the 2022 Open Space Summit on Tuesday, May 10, at Springton Manor Farm. Check out the follow up to learn more.

photoProtected Open Space Reaches Milestone in Chester County

Posted June 3, 2022

According to Chester County's Protected Open Space Tracking (POST) system, as of December 31 2021, 147,000 acres of protected open space, or 30.2% of the county was preserved! This includes an estimated 2,930 acres of open space protected in 2021 — with county-funded Ag Conservation Easements accounting for 1,424 acres, land trusts accounting for 105 acres in-fee and 1,139 acres through conservation easements, and homeowner associations accounting for 380 acres. Learn more.

May 2022

photoExplore Chester County Agriculture

Posted May 27, 2022

Warmer weather means it's a great time to start exploring Chester County's pick-your-own farms, wineries, farmers markets and more. From strawberry fields to rows of radiant peonies, the county's diverse array of farms offers many springtime opportunities for fresh-air fun and locally grown farm products. Learn more.

photo2022 Town Tours & Village Walks

Posted May 25, 2022

For its upcoming 28th season, the 2022 Town Tours & Village Walks program offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to learn about the "Founding Mothers and Fathers" who played a significant role in Chester County's history. Learn more.

photoUpdates from Valley Township

Posted May 23, 2022

Valley Township's Manager, Scott Piersol, provided a presentation on planning updates and other relevant activities during the Chester County Planning Commission's May 2022 Board meeting. Check out the follow up to see what's happening in Valley Township.

photoBrandywine Battlefield Sign Unveiled in Pennsbury Township

Posted May 20, 2022

As part of Chester County's efforts to preserve the historic resources and landscapes that define our cultural heritage, we are excited to share that a new historic marker was recently unveiled at the Barns-Brinton House in Pennsbury Township! The sign was the seventh to be installed in a series of 15 — with eight more to be constructed on the grounds where the September 11, 1777, Battle of Brandywine took place. Learn more.

photoManaging Chester County's Stormwater: BMPs and Floodplain Protection eTools

Posted May 19, 2022

Intense summer storms can cause an excess amount of flooding, and one of the most effective ways to mitigate this issue is through the use of Stormwater Best Management Practices, or BMPs. Similarly, floodplain protection is an important factor in the county's stormwater management as they are necessary for a healthy ecosystem. Check out this month's featured eTools to learn more.

photoChester County's Vision Partnership Program — 2022 Round 1 Recipients

Posted May 18, 2022

Chester County's Environmental and Energy Advisory Board (EEAB) helps to enhance the county's commitment to preservation and protection of the environment by focusing on the balance, interplay, and impact of energy related initiatives and issues. The Board includes a mix of residents, representatives of businesses, energy initiatives, municipalities, land conservancies and county departments. This month, we're excited to highlight new EEAB member, Karena DiLeo! Learn more about Karena

photoChester County's Vision Partnership Program — 2022 Round 1 Recipients

Posted May 18, 2022

Congratulations to the county's Vision Partnership Program (VPP) Round 1 award recipients for the 2022 program, including three cash grants to the municipalities of Downingtown Borough, West Caln Township, and Upper Uwchlan Township! Read about their projects

photoWest Chester Welcomes New Artist Coworking Space and Gallery

Posted May 13, 2022

Ginkgo Arts offers unique spaces for local artists to display their work and collaborate with others. With a variety of amenities, this space helps to implement the Prosper and Appreciate goals in Landscapes3 as it supports main street design and vitality, adaptive reuse, and historic preservation through the restored Tudor-style building they occupy, which dates back to 1900. Learn more

photoNew Report Shows 20-Year High in Chester County Home Construction

Posted May 12, 2022

Our new report shows that more homes were built in the county in 2021 than in any year since 2001, and that the growth was largely driven by apartment construction. It also says that despite soaring prices, more homes were sold than in any year since 2005. Learn more

April 2022

photoChester County Celebrates Opening of Final Phase of Schuylkill River Trail

Posted April 28, 2022

Chester County Commissioners and Chester County Parks + Preservation, along with CCPC and many local trail partners, celebrated Earth Day on April 22 with the official opening of a two-mile section of the county's final portion of the Schuylkill River Trail! This initiative supports the "Connect" goal in Landscapes3. Learn more

photoChester County Joins Berks & Montgomery Counties to Authorize the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority

Posted April 28, 2022

Chester County, along with Berks and Montgomery Counties, recently authorized the creation of the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA), which will oversee and implement the restoration of passenger rail service between Reading and Philadelphia. While the SRPRA is not a guarantee that passenger rail will return, it's a crucial next step to continue the process of research and planning. View the press release to learn more.

photoEnhancing Chester County's Green Spaces

Posted April 27, 2022

Green spaces not only provide an aesthetic appeal within a community, but they also provide numerous benefits to the environment. Municipalities can expand Chester County's green spaces by implementing urban green spaces and through parkland dedication and fee-in-lieu provisions in their subdivision and land development ordinances. Learn more about this month's featured eTools.

photoFollowing Up: Landscapes3 Protect Forum

Posted April 27, 2022

CPCC's 2022 Landscapes3 Protect Forum took place on April 19 with a lively discussion and presentations about what municipalities can do to protect the county's natural resources and promote clean energy through local actions and ordinances. View the event follow-up and PowerPoint presentations.

photo2021 Metrics — Another great year for Chester County

Posted April 26, 2022

Each year CCPC tracks a variety of metrics which provide a measurable snapshot of progress on Landscapes3, and Chester County saw another great year with the release of the 2021 metrics! Learn more about the 2021 Metrics and to view each individual goal category.

photoChester County's Solar Power Guide

Posted April 25, 2022

When it comes to solar power, it's important to understand the needs and framework on both a national and local level. Because of this, CCPC recently released a Solar Power Guide with useful information and guidance on regulating solar power facilities. Check out the guide and learn more.

photoOpen Space Summit and Preserved Farm Tours

Posted April 21, 2022

CCPC and the county's Parks + Preservation Department will host several fun and informative events all showcasing agriculture happening on preserved lands in Chester County this May. The 2022 Open Space Summit - Farms for the Future will take place on May 10 at Springton Manor Farm. Additionally, the county is offering tours of preserved farms and unique agricultural operations. Registration for the tours is limited, so be sure to register ASAP! Learn more and register for these events.

photoChester County Celebrates Milestone with Open Space Summit

Posted April 21, 2022

To commemorate and celebrate Chester County's 30 percent milestone of protected open space, and to share information on the focus for open space preservation in the future, please join the Chester County Commissioners, along with the County's Planning Commission and Department of Parks + Preservation for the 2022 Open Space Summit on Tuesday, May 10! Learn more and register.

photoMeet CCPC's New Board Member

Posted April 21, 2022

We are excited to welcome our new CCPC Board Member, Roberta Cosentino! Roberta looks forward to addressing accessible transportation, affordable housing, and equitable public spaces during her time on the CCPC Board. She currently serves as Director of Community Food Access & Education Programs for the Chester County Food Bank, and enjoys sharing food and stories — whether it's chatting with local farmers or inviting friends to her house for dinner. Learn more about Roberta.

photoFollowing Up: Spring 2022 Planners' Forum

Posted April 15, 2022

The 2022 Spring Planners' Forum welcomed more than 90 attendees joining to discuss current planning topics and issues such as climate change, equity, affordable housing and local economic growth this past March 31. The forum was held both in person at the West Goshen Township Building, and via Zoom. It was the thirteenth semi-annual Planners' Forum hosted by CCPC. Learn more and view the slideshow.

photo2021 Non-residential Construction Report Released

Posted April 14, 2022

CCPC's Senior Housing & Economic Planner recently presented the results of Chester County's 2021 Non-residential Construction Report, which included a total of 36 non-residential projects totaling 1,139,151 square feet. Of this new square footage, institutional and commercial uses contributed the most, with West Chester University's "The Commons" property and The Springer Commercial building in New Garden Township leading the way. Learn more and check out the report.

March 2022

photoChester County Ag Council Releases New Strategic Plan

Posted March 23, 2022

The Chester County Ag Development Council recently released the new Chester County Agricultural Economic Development Strategic Plan (AEDSP), which outlines how to sustain and grow a successful agricultural economy in the face of growth pressures, industry challenges, and limited resources. Learn more and check out the plan.

photoCheck out our 2021 Landscapes3 Success Stories

Posted March 22, 2022

Each year, CCPC tracks stories that support the goals and vision of Landscapes3, the county's comprehensive plan. While the past two years have been quite unpredictable (to say the least), we've seen continued successes across the county in each of the plan's goal areas, proving that despite the ongoing challenges, Chester County continues to grow in a positive way! Check out some highlights to learn more.

photoSelecting a Planning Consultant

Posted March 21, 2022

Planning consultants can help to create and implement community planning programs, initiatives, and developmental projects by bringing a wide range of skills and expertise to the table. However, it's important to select a consultant that best suits the needs of your project and community. Learn more about this month's featured eTool, Consultant Selection.

photo2022 Landscapes3 Protect Forum

Posted March 18, 2022

CCPC's Landscapes3 Protect Forum will take place on Tuesday, April 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. This year's forum will provide an engaging discussion about what municipalities can do to protect natural resources and support solar facilities through their local actions. It's free to attend, and open to municipal officials, non-profit organizations, local partners, and members of the public. Learn more and register.

photoNew Sustainability Director

Posted March 16, 2022

Chester County has a new person at the helm of managing the County's Climate Action Plan — and we are excited to announce that it's our very own Rachael Griffith, who moves up from her role as Senior Trails and Open Space Planner! As Sustainability Director, she will assist county departments, municipalities, and other stakeholders to meet Chester County's goals for sustainability, clean energy, greenhouse gas reduction, resource protection, and public outreach and communications. Learn more.

photoMeet our New Community Planner

Posted March 15, 2022

We are excited to introduce Joe Shanley as our new Community Planner! Our Community Planners play an integral role in the day-to-day services offered at CCPC, as well as our long-term projects and planning for the future of the region. Joe is a lifelong resident of Chester County and is eager to help guide the county's path into the future, as well as help enable municipalities pursue sustainability. Learn more about Joe.

photoJoin us for the Spring 2022 Planners' Forum

Posted March 8, 2022

Chester County's spring 2022 Planners' Forum features an exciting lineup of topics touching on important issues such as climate change vulnerability, a homegrown economy, and transforming alleys with accessory dwelling units. The forum will take place as a hybrid event, held virtually and in-person at the West Goshen Township Building from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 31. Learn more and register.

photoCommissioners Approve Public Hearing for Consideration of New Rail Authority

Posted March 4, 2022

The Chester County Commissioners have taken the next step toward restoring passenger rail between Reading and Philadelphia in a joint effort with Berks and Montgomery Counties. On March 3, the Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution announcing a public hearing to consider a proposal to create the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA). Learn more.

Chester County Planning Commission to Hold Monthly Board Meeting

Posted March 4, 2022


The Chester County Planning Commission will conduct its monthly board meeting at 2:00 p.m. on March 9, 2022. This will be a hybrid meeting allowing the public to attend in person or via Zoom. The location of the meeting is Suite 351 in the Government Services Building (601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19380). Please visit to join the webinar or telephone toll free at 877-853-5247 and enter Webinar ID 916 0421 4510. Learn more.


February 2022

photoExplore our Inventory of Natural Resources

Posted February 25, 2022

We recently released an Inventory of Natural Resources featuring an interactive map of the county's natural resources including geology and soils, water resources, open space, and natural habitats. The map can serve as a great tool for land conservation and resource protection planning as it helps to guide development away from critical natural areas, minimize impacts on environmentally sensitive resources, and mitigate impacts that do occur - helping to ensure overall environmental and community health. Learn more.

photoNew Guide Supports Planning for an Aging Community

Posted February 24, 2022

Because of an anticipated increase in our senior population over the next two decades (which stands true across the U.S.), the Chester County Planning Commission recently released an Aging-Friendly Planning Guide to help municipalities prepare for this shift by adapting their existing housing stock to meet the needs of the county's aging population. Check out the guide to learn more.

photoProtecting Chesco's Farmlands, Natural Areas, & Cultural Resources

Posted February 18, 2022

With factors like heightened use and value placed on outdoor recreation since the start of the pandemic, the threats presented by climate change, a new wave of interest in suburban living, and mounting pressures on farming - preserving land is more important now than ever. Chester County established some of the first land trusts back in the 1940s to preserve land throughout the county, which is carried on today through conservation easements. Check out this month's eTools to learn how conservation easements can be used and how to implement them within a community.

photo2021 Act 247 Reviews

Posted February 17, 2022

Despite the ongoing challenges caused by COVID-19, Chester County saw increases in almost every development category in 2021 indicating that the county is continuing to grow in a variety of ways. CCPC's Act 247 Review team recently wrapped up the 2021 Subdivision, Land Development, and Conditional Use Review Activity and Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan Review Activity reports. Check out the summary.

photoMeet Our Board Chairman

Posted February 16, 2022

After serving as a Tredyffrin Township Supervisor for five years and developing a particular interest in land use planning and infrastructure, Michael Heaberg was honored to be appointed to the CCPC Board in 2016. After spending nearly six years on the Board, Michael was nominated and appointed as the 2022 Board Chairman this past January. Learn more about Michael.

photo2021 Annual Report

Posted February 15, 2022

The Chester County Planning Commission recently presented the 2021 Annual Report to the Chester County Commissioners, showcasing a summary of achievements from throughout the year that support the implementation of Landscapes3. The report highlights achievements from the plan's six goal areas and vision. Learn more.

photoMunicipal Planning Grant Round Opening!

Posted February 14, 2022

The first round of the Vision Partnership Program (VPP), Chester County's municipal planning grant program, is now open! The deadline for applications is March 31, 2022. Details and the application can be found in the Municipal Corner section of our website. Questions about the grant program and requests for pre-application meetings (strongly encouraged) can be directed to William Deguffroy, Community Planning Director, at 610-344-6285 or Learn more.

Chester County Planning Commission to Hold Monthly Board Meeting

Posted February 6, 2022


The Chester County Planning Commission will conduct its monthly board meeting at 2:00 p.m. on February 9, 2022. This will be a hybrid meeting allowing the public to attend in person or via Zoom. The location of the meeting is Suite 351 in the Government Services Building (601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19380). Please visit to join the webinar or telephone toll free at 877-853-5247 and enter Webinar ID 916 0421 4510. Learn more.


January 2022

photoAmerica250 Chester County Commission

Posted January 26, 2022

On July 4, 2026, communities across the nation will come together to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the United States of America. From concerts and parades, to ceremonies and formal gatherings, this multiyear effort will inspire Americans to connect to the past by celebrating our nation's first 250 years, and inspire our future by thinking about the next 250 years. Learn more.

photoNew Suburban Landscapes Design Guide Released

Posted January 26, 2022

The Planning Commission recently released a new design guide to support the planning principles and design elements for development in the county's Suburban landscapes. The guide is the third in a series of six to be completed, with each one including recommended planning polices, design treatments, regulatory strategies, and links to online resources Learn more.

photoTredyffrin Comprehensive Plan Update

Posted January 25, 2022

This past October, Tredyffrin Township completed an update of their 2009 Comprehensive Plan with the Chester County Planning Commission serving as the consultant. The Township was awarded a grant through the county's Vision Partnership Program to complete the project. Learn more.

Stay on the lookout for our 2021 Success Stories

photoPosted January 24, 2022

On an annual basis, we share success stories that support the six goals and vision of Landscapes3. They cover a wide range of topics and initiatives, which ultimately helps us determine how well — and what — the county is accomplishing each year. Stay on the lookout as we'll be featuring the list of 2021 stories next month! Learn more.

photoChester County Economy Report Released

Posted January 21, 2022

This past year, Chester County completed an Economy Report providing local data that can be used to guide economic planning and future growth for the county. The data in the report highlights the county's economic strengths and weaknesses, helping to guide recommendations and implementation of the county's comprehensive plan, Landscapes3. Learn more.

photoNew Guide Supports Planning for Affordably-Priced Homes

Posted January 19, 2022

As the cost of living continues to rise across the U.S., many families have become burdened by the cost of housing. Because of this, the Chester County Planning Commission recently completed a report on the various costs related to housing construction. Learn more.

photoTransportation Improvement Program

Posted January 18, 2022

As another initiative that supports the "Connect" goal in Landscapes3, the Transportation Improvement Program is the regionally agreed-upon list of priority transportation projects for the southeastern PA region, as required by federal law and adopted by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Learn more.

photoImplementing Good Development Practices to Protect our Natural Resources

Posted January 14, 2022

Since many people choose to live or visit Chester County to enjoy its natural qualities and resources, it's important to follow good development practices to ensure they remain in place for years to come. In some instances, these resources can be protected in new developments by implementing performance zoning and cluster development regulations within a community. Learn more.

photoCommunity Conservation Partnerships Program Awards Announced

Posted January 12, 2022

Congratulations to the Chester County municipalities and non-profits that were recipients of the Community Conservation Partnerships Program awards! On December 30th, Governor Wolf announced the investment of $70 million toward 317 projects across the Commonwealth. Chester County received awards for 17 of those projects totaling over $8 million. Learn more.

photoTransportation Priority Projects

Posted January 10, 2022

In support of the Landscapes3 Connect recommendation to "advance implementation of transportation improvements," the Chester County Planning Commission works with a committee of transportation planning partners and county agencies, as well as Chester County elected officials including PA House Representatives, PA Senators, and the Chester County Commissioners to identify and promote Chester County's Transportation Priority Projects. Learn more.

photoChester County Planning Commission to Hold Monthly Board Meeting

Posted January 7, 2022

The Chester County Planning Commission will conduct its monthly board meeting at 2:00 p.m. on January 12, 2022. This will be a hybrid meeting allowing the public to attend in person or via Zoom. The location of the meeting is Suite 270 in the Government Services Building (601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19380). Please visit to join the webinar or telephone toll free at 877-853-5247 and enter Webinar ID 916 0421 4510. We recommend beginning to log in at 1:45 in case of technical difficulties. The public is invited to join, and there will be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting. Learn more.

Recapping 2021 and Setting Goals for 2022

January 4, 2022

While 2021 was yet another unpredictable and challenging year, we are happy to report that the Planning Commission has continued to adapt to these challenges and remain successful in our efforts to implement the county's comprehensive plan, Landscapes3. Some notable 2021 achievements included the funding of various projects through the county's Vision Partnership Program (VPP), the preservation of the 577-acre Glenroy Farm along the Octoraro Creek, the adoption of the county's new Climate Action Plan, the annual Town Tours & Village Walks program, the A+ Homes Forum, the preparation of a Chester County Agricultural Economic Strategic Plan, as well as the adoption of a Complete Street Policy and planning for trails and other amenities. Check out some more 2021 achievements and look forward to what's happening in 2022.

See news from 2021.