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. Open space is addressed primarily within the Preserve goal area of Landscapes3, with additional discussion as part of the Landscapes Map and within Live.Watersheds


The Chester County Water Resources Authority produced the County-wide Stormwater Management Plan, called Watersheds. This Plan was adopted in 2002 as the water resources element of Landcapes and was updated in 2013 with the County-Wide Act 167 Stormwater management Plan Addendum. They are now preparing to review and update the Watersheds integrated water resources plan and the County-wide Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan to ensure that these documents continue to provide timely and relevant guidance on current and future water resources issues. Learn more.

Linking LandscapesLinking Landscacpes

This plan was adopted in 2002 as the open space element of Landcapes. Although the policies within Linking Landscapes have been updated and superseded by Landscapes3, it still contains useful analysis and background information. Copies of the entire document are available for review at each municipal office in Chester County, at the Chester County Planning Commission office, and at each of the 17 County public libraries.

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