Welcome to the 2019 Vision Partnership Program! We are pleased to re-launch this critical implementation tool of Landscapes3. Various changes have been made to the cash grant side of this program to better implement Landscapes3, so please read through all materials carefully.
For 2019, the Vision Partnership Program is requiring municipal attendance at a mandatory pre-submittal meeting for those municipalities that anticipate submitting a cash grant application.
Two meetings are scheduled at the Government Services Center (601 Westtown Road, West Chester PA 19380):
- May 15 at 1 p.m. in Room 175
- May 30 at 10 a.m. in Room 171
A municipal representative — elected or appointed official, manager, secretary, or other designated staff — needs to attend one of these meetings if the municipality will be applying in the first cash grant round. Consultants are not considered a municipal representative for the purposes of this requirement, but are welcome to attend to hear about the changes for the cash grant program.
Program Dates and Deadlines
Cash Grant — 2019 First Round
- May 13, 2019: Grant round opens
- May 15, 2019, 1 pm: One of two meetings to meet the mandatory pre-submittal meeting requirement* (Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester PA 19380)
- May 30, 2019, 10 am: Second of two meetings to meet the mandatory pre-submittal meeting requirement* (Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester PA 19380)
- June 28, 2019, 4 pm: Deadline
*Please note that requests for individual meetings will still be accommodated, but such meetings shall not count in place of attendance at either the May 15 or May 30 meeting. Requests for individual meetings must be received prior to June 18.
We anticipate that a second grant round will open in late summer 2019, with a fall deadline.
Questions about the grant program and requests for pre-application meetings can be directed to Susan Elks, Community Planning Director and VPP Grant Administrator, at 610-344-6285.
The Vision Partnership Program (VPP) is a grant 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. There are two VPP cash grant application rounds per year, funding permitting.
This manual provides the guidelines and procedures for successfully applying for, obtaining, and completing a VPP cash grant. If the municipality, multi-municipal group, or their consultant fail to adhere to the provisions of this manual the County reserves the right to deny an application, rescind a grant, or deny reimbursement.
Recognizing the benefits of grant awards to municipal planning projects, the Chester County Board of Commissioners established VPP in 1996 to promote cooperation between local governments and the County while implementing Landscapes, the County's Comprehensive Plan. The program was revised in 2010 to reflect Landscapes2 and revised again in 2019 to reflect Landscapes3.
The purpose of VPP is to advance consistency with and implementation of the county comprehensive plan while accomplishing impactful, lasting, and positive benefits for municipalities through innovative municipal planning; multi-municipal planning; and new and revised municipal plans, ordinances, and planning studies that address opportunities and issues of community concern.
The VPP cash grant program is open to all Chester County municipalities. Eligible applicants include a single municipality or a multi-municipal group. General project types that may be eligible include plans, ordinances, ordinance amendments, and planning studies that advance one or more of the Landscapes3 goals and objectives, and implement one or more of the Landscapes3 recommendations at the municipal or multi-municipal level.
Projects enabled by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), Act 247, as amended, such as comprehensive plans (or elements thereof) or ordinances, shall demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the MPC. Projects not adopted under the provisions of the MPC are defined as "Planning Studies" for the purposes of VPP.