Historic resource policies are advanced by the Planning Commission through the activities of the county’s heritage preservation coordinator (acting as the county’s Historic Preservation Officer) and planning activities (specifically the Vision Partnership Program).

The Chester County Historic Preservation Officer was created by the Chester County Board of Commissioners and approved by the federal government in 1981 to provide necessary coordination between the county, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, state and federal agencies and the general public when identifying and addressing the county's individual historic resources and their history based upon the National Preservation Act of 1966 as amended.  Duties address the following: 

Contact: Chester County Planning Commission
Karen Marshall, Heritage Preservation Coordinator
601 Westtown Road, Suite 270
West Chester, PA 19380
610-344-6285

The Vision Partnership Program was established by the Chester County Board of Commissioners in 1996 to promote cooperation between the county and local governments in the implementation of the County's comprehensive policy plan.  Grants continue to be awarded to assist municipalities with achieving consistency with the county’s comprehensive plan policies.  This competitive grant program provides both technical and financial assistance to municipalities in the preparation of planning documents, including historic surveys and plans. Learn more about the program.