Planning Guides

Utilize in-depth planning guides for revitalizing commercial landscapes or creating multi-modal transportation networks.

Commercial Landscapes Series

coverThis planning series highlights the importance of repurposing significant commercial areas in Chester County and realistic strategies, recommendations and best practices. View Documents

Multi-Modal Circulation Handbook

coverA consolidated reference guide on how to incorporate all transportation modes into contemporary land development site design. View Publication

Planning Toolbox

The tools provide a series of actions available to municipalities and interested citizens that conserve energy, promote our economy, respect the environment, and achieve sustainable practices.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Adaptive Reuse

Aging in Place

Agricultural Easements

Agricultural Zoning

Backyard Chicken Keeping

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities: Design

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities: Policy

Brownfield and Greyfield Redevelopment

Cluster/Open Space Development

Community Gardens

Community Supported Agriculture

Compact Development Design

Conservation Easements

Energy Audits for Municipalities

FarmersÂ’ Markets

Farmworker Housing

Floodplain Management and Protection

Form Based Codes and Zoning Ordinances

Green Development Codes and Ordinances

Green Roofs


Growth Boundaries

Hazardous Waste Programs

Historic Resource Preservation Planning

Historic Resource Protection Standards

Home Owner Association Open Space Management

Housing Diversity

Housing Rehabilitation

In-fill Development

Lighting: Outdoor Lighting

Mixed-use Development

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Native Plants and Controlling Invasive Species

Natural Resource Protection Ordinance

Parking Facilities: Design

Parking Facilities: Policy

Parkland Dedication and Fee-In-Lieu Ordinances

Performance Zoning

Power Grid Sufficiency for Electric Vehicles

Recycle and Reuse Programs

Recycling/Drop Off Recycling Centers

Residential Conversions

Riparian Buffers

Roadway Connectivity

Rural Center Zoning

Secondary Farm Business

Short-term Rentals

Signs: Digital and Electronic Sign Regulation

Site Analysis Plan

Solid Waste Management

Steep Slope Protection

Stormwater Facilities Maintenance

Stormwater Facility Operation and Maintenance

Stormwater Management: Best Management Practices

Street Trees

TMDL: Total Maximum Daily Loads

Traditional Neighborhood Development

Transferable Development Rights (TDR)

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

Transit Stops and Centers

Urban Green Spaces

Water Conservation

Wetland Protection