The A+ Homes initiative is an implementation effort under Landscapes3. A joint effort of the Planning Commission, Department of Community Development, and Housing Choices Committee, A+ Homes focuses on creating homes that are attractive, affordably-priced, adaptable, aging-friendly, and accessible. Every person needs and deserves a place to come home to — a place that provides them shelter and comfort, a place where they feel part of the community. View the Creating A+ Homes Brochure
A+ Homes Planning Guides
Affordably-priced Planning Guide — Cost of Housing
Chester County Planning Commission has completed a report on the costs related to the construction of housing. This report provides an overview of the various costs that go into the construction of housing ranging from land and infrastructure costs to soft costs. A series of approaches and strategies is then provided for municipalities to consider in an effort to reduce overall construction costs and in turn foster the creation of affordably priced housing. View guide
Aging-Friendly Planning Guide — Planning for an Aging Population
The County's population of 65 and older seniors is anticipated to nearly double between 2015 and 2045, from 74,587 to 145,040 residents. The increased senior population will have significant impacts on housing in the County, affecting both private and senior living arrangement housing. This guide provides data on existing senior housing, potential impacts of the aging population on housing, and approaches and strategies to assist communities in planning for the future housing needs of their seniors. View guide
A+ Homes Video Series
Learn about the A+ Homes initiative to provide attractive, affordably-priced, adaptable, aging-friendly, and accessible homes for all community members. Watch Video
Talking Housing with Phoenixillve's Mayor Urscheler
Phoenixville has multiple initiatives underway to help ensure that homes in the Borough are affordable for all community members, much of which could be replicated in other communities. Learn more about their efforts in this video featuring Mayor Peter Urscheler. Watch Video
What are A+ Homes?
Designed, constructed, and maintained to be compatible with local community character.
Available at attainable sale and rental prices; no more than 30 percent of household income should be spent on housing related costs.
Able to evolve with market forces, changing demographics, buyer and renter preferences, and environmental conditions.
Able to meet the diverse needs of seniors.
Connected to jobs, services, transit, amenities, and important community facilities.
Throughout the development of Landscapes3 it was clear that our residents' needs for the place they call home are changing. Adult children of county residents are finding it hard to afford to live in the county, and businesses are having trouble attracting and retaining workers due to the price of housing. Our senior population and the number of single person households are increasing, creating a specific need for adaptable and accessible homes, along with the desire for smaller homes that are affordable for people living alone or on a fixed income. Increasingly residents are prioritizing access to jobs and amenities, and choosing location over square footage or acreage.
Chester County's existing housing stock is not currently meeting these changing needs and the growing population. There are not enough units to meet the general demand, particularly for projections of population growth, and the existing homes may not match up to resident needs due to size, price, design, location, or accessibility issues.
A+ Homes calls for supportive policy, innovative design and regulation, and partnerships between community stakeholders.