Welcome to the Vision Partnership Program!
Did you know there are two sides to the Vision Partnership Program?
The Vision Partnership Program (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, and consists of two sides: Cash Grant and County Consulting – Technical.
Through the Cash Grant there are two competitive rounds per year, funding permitting, through which a municipality may hire a private consultant for planning projects. Through the County Consulting – Technical, Chester County Planning Commission staff are available to act as the consultant for undertaking projects, with cost-sharing between the County and municipality. County Consulting – Technical projects are undertaken based on staff availability and the potential to implement Landscapes3.
Under VPP, general project types that may be eligible include comprehensive plans, zoning and subdivision ordinances, ordinance amendments, official maps, and planning studies that advance Landscapes3.
Vision Partnership Program —
Comparison of Cash Grants and County Consulting
|Cash Grant||County Consulting|
|Eligible Applicants||All Chester County municipalities (multi-municipal projects permitted)||All Chester County municipalities (multi-municipal projects permitted)|
|Eligible Projects||Plans, ordinances, ordinance amendments, planning studies that advance Landscapes3||Plans, ordinances, ordinance amendments, planning studies, special studies that advance Landscapes3|
|Application Period||Two application rounds per year, funding permitting, with notification to municipalities approximately two months in advance of application deadline||Rolling; staff availability is a determining factor|
|Selection Process||Applications to be reviewed and scored by Chester County Planning Commission in accordance with project evaluation criteria||Projects selected based on Chester County Planning Commission staff availability and expertise and extent of implementation of Landscapes3|
|Funding: Adopted Plans or Ordinances||Maximum $50,000 (plus $10,000 per additional municipality for multi-municipal plans)||Maximum $50,000 for contracts (plus $10,000 per additional municipality for multi-municipal plans); maximum $5,000 project cost for agreements|
|Funding: Accepted Planning Studies||Maximum $30,000 (plus $5,000 per additional municipality for multi-municipal plans)||Maximum $30,000 for contracts (plus $5,000 per additional municipality for multi-municipal plans); maximum $5,000 project cost for agreements|
|Municipal Contribution||30% of project cost; a higher municipal match can be provided under application criteria||30% of project cost|
|Application Contents||Completed application, evaluation criteria responses, letters of commitment, consultant qualifications, designated official||Online application and letters of commitment for contracts; written request for agreements|
|Consultant Selection and Qualifications||Third party consultant to be selected by municipality — must meet County specified qualifications||Chester County Planning Commission to provide lead staff planner qualified to complete the project|
|Scope and Contract Development||Scope of work to be developed by municipality and consultant and approved by Chester County Planning Commission; contract to be developed by Chester County Planning Commission||Chester County Planning Commission to develop scope of work and contract or agreement|
|Schedule||Ranges from 12-36 months depending on project type||Ranges from 12-36 months depending on project type for contracts; up to 12 months for agreements|
|Project Management||Private consultant to provide project management; Chester County Planning Commission staff serves as grant monitor||Chester County Planning Commission planner to provide project management|
|Invoicing||Invoice to be submitted to municipality and County grant monitor simultaneously; invoice requires approval by grant monitor||Chester County Planning Commission to submit invoice to municipality quarterly for contracts; invoices to be submitted to municipality at conclusion of the project for agreements|
|Amendments||Extension not to exceed six months; two contract extensions processed by Chester County Planning Commission; additional extensions or increase in county award requires approval by the Chester County Board of Commissioners||Contracts: Extension not to exceed six months; two extensions processed by Chester County Planning Commission; additional extensions or change in project cost requires approval by the Chester County Board of Commissioners; Agreements: one extension not to exceed six months|
|Review of Completed Project||Final review to be completed by Chester County Planning Commission; applicable projects to be submitted for Act 247 review||Applicable projects to be submitted for Act 247 review|
|Reimbursement||Following adoption or acceptance and requires request form, proof of adoption or acceptance, copies of completed project, invoice copies, and copies of municipal payment||N/A|
VPP Grant Recipients Since 1996
The Chester County Planning Commission created an interactive map that indicates what types of VPP projects municipalities have participated in since the program first started in 1996. This includes municipalities that were individual grant recipients, multi-municipal grant recipients, and those that received both.