The mission of the Chester County Planning Commission is to provide future growth and preservation plans to citizens, so that they can enjoy a Chester County that is historic, green, mobile and prosperous.
The Chester County Planning Commission is a nine-member advisory board appointed by the County Commissioners. Click here to learn more about the Planning Commission.
Initially the work of the Planning Commission involved inventorying and mapping the County's features and resources. Over time, the Planning Commission has evolved into a modern, professionally staffed, planning organization that uses specialized knowledge and training, along with the latest techniques and technology, to plan for the future of Chester County. The Planning Commission's activities are enabled, and in some matters mandated, by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
The Planning Commission and its staff work in partnership with federal, state, and regional agencies and municipal governments to fulfill the mission that is devoted to preserving and improving the quality of life for all Chester County residents. The Planning Commission focuses its activities on twelve elements that are contained in Landscapes2, the County's comprehensive plan. These elements include:
- Land Use
- Natural Resources
- Open Space and Greenways
- Historic Resources
- Utilities and Infrastructure
- Community Services
- Economic Development
- Energy Conservation
The primary goal of the Planning Commission is to implement the department's strategic business plan. This will be accomplished through carrying out the recommendations of Landscapes2, the County comprehensive policy plan.
To achieve the goals of both plans, the Planning Commission will partner with municipalities and other stakeholders. The department is focused on quality customer service and is organized into the following activities: Community Planning Services, Infrastructure and Plan Review Services, Planning Information Services, Transportation Planning and Programming Services, and Agricultural Development Services.
Specific projects for 2018 include:
- Landscapes3, the County's Comprehensive Policy Plan update will be completed through the use of a steering committee and public input process;
- Phoenixville Area Multi-Modal Study will be designed to remove barriers to transportation choices;
- eTools will be updated to better assist municipal leaders in making sound planning decisions;
- Brandywine Battlefield Strategic Landscapes project will further define this Revolutionary War cultural resource of national significance;
- Agricultural Zoning Guidance for Municipalities will provide resources for balancing farm operations with municipal regulation;
- Chester Valley Trail West project will investigate the feasibility of extending the trail west from Downingtown to Atglen;
- Urban centers will be provided technical planning assistance, including holding a forum; and
- Housing options will be explored, including a report on the use of accessory apartments.