Vision Partnership Program – Awards

2021 VPP Awards

Phoenixville Area (East Pikeland, Schuylkill, West Vincent, and West Pikeland Townships) — Clean Energy Study

The four townships are proposing to work together on a plan on energy efficiency and how to transition to additional use of clean energy. One focus would be of municipal facilities and equipment; another would be public education to allow the plan to impact the broader community to an extent. The municipalities would select a consultant after award. Returning from the fall 2020 cycle, the project has added an additional municipality, clarified some of the scope, and adjusted the financials.
Grant Awarded $69,284 | Total Project Cost $35,000

Unionville Area (East Marlborough, West Marlborough, and Newlin Townships) — Regional Comprehensive Plan Update

The three townships are proposing updating their existing regional comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2011. Refining resource protection while continuing to provide options for housing and development within the region would be focus items. The municipalities were able to implement various recommendations from their 2009 plan. The update will also address Landscapes3.
Grant Awarded $39,000 | Total Project Cost $60,000

West Chester Borough — Rail Economic Study

The borough is proposing to complete a study on the economic benefits of restoring rail service to West Chester. The study is limited in scope and would address impacts such as local economic development and property values, as well as potential local funding options and equity impacts.
Grant Awarded $12,000 | Total Project Cost $21,000

2020 VPP Awards

City of Coatesville — Zoning Ordinance Update

Coatesville is proposing to update their Zoning Ordinance with a focus on streamlining, clarifying, and simplifying the existing ordinance. Revisions to existing overlays will be undertaken, although the zoning map of base districts is not anticipated to be significantly revised.
Grant Awarded $24,500 | Total Project Cost $35,000

East Brandywine Township — Comprehensive Plan and Official Map

The township is proposing to update their existing comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2009, and update their existing Official Map that dates from 2011. Recommendations in the existing plan have largely been completed, and the update will address Landscapes3. The comprehensive plan will build from recommendations included in a recently completed Sustainable Community Assessment, and the Official Map will be able to implement recommendations.
Grant Awarded $40,000 | Total Project Cost $70,000

East Nantmeal Township — Historic Resource Survey

East Nantmeal is proposing to create a historic resource survey for the purposes of supporting their historic preservation provisions in their existing ordinances. PHMC guidelines will be followed for development and submission of data, including use of Survey123.
Grant Awarded $11,000 | Total Project Cost $16,000

Highland Township — Comprehensive Plan

Highland Township is proposing to develop a new comprehensive plan; their existing plan was adopted in 2001. The township is proposing a focused update of that plan. While some things have changed in the years since, various information remains relevant since there have been limited changes in land use and population numbers. Recommendations in the existing plan have largely been completed, and the update will address Landscapes3.
Grant Awarded $24,500 | Total Project Cost $43,000

London Britain Township — Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance Update

London Britain is proposing to update their Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SLDO). The update would be comprehensive, and include a focus on stormwater management provisions (particularly green infrastructure), development design standards, resource conservation and green space standards, and design standards for villages.
Grant Awarded $16,555 | Total Project Cost $23,650

Malvern Borough — Comprehensive Plan

Malvern is proposing updating their existing comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2012. The borough's overarching vision is to retain Malvern's small town character while supporting housing options and expanding the pedestrian network. The land use, housing, economic development, and transportation plans will be critical elements of the new plan. The Borough will continue their commitment to protection of environmentally sensitive areas with updated policies.
Grant Awarded $31,890 | Total Project Cost $53,190

Phoenixville Borough — Comprehensive Plan

Phoenixville is proposing updating their existing municipality-specific comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2011. This plan will follow the policies of the Phoenixville Region Comprehensive Plan, and provide additional focus to key items. Multi-modal accessibility, sustainability, affordable and accessible housing, sustained revitalization, and access to trails and recreation options are anticipated to be critical elements of the new plan.
Grant Awarded $34,492 | Total Project Cost $49,988

Valley Township — Master Corridor Plan

Valley Township is proposing to conduct a corridor master plan for West Lincoln Highway, a high priority recommendation from their recently adopted comprehensive plan. The plan would work to create a more cohesive corridor, addressing streetscaping, multi-modal network, mixed uses, access management, and stormwater management infrastructure from the perspective of both new development and redevelopment.
Grant Awarded $30,500 | Total Project Cost $50,000

West Bradford Township — Open Space, Recreation, and Environmental Resources Plan

West Bradford is proposing development of an Open Space, Recreation, and Environmental Resources Plan (OSRER) to replace their 1993 plan. This updated OSRER would guide use of funds from a recently enacted tax increase that was specific to the need for open space funds, as well as determine the best use for the almost 200 acres of land previously part of Embreeville Hospital. The plan will also address greenways, conceptual trail planning, and recreation programming, and include resource mapping and a botanical assessment.
Grant Awarded $48,000 | Total Project Cost $74,000

West Grove Borough — Comprehensive Plan

West Grove is proposing to develop a new Comprehensive Plan; their existing plan was adopted in 2003. Since 2003 West Grove's demographics have changed significantly, and the new plan will include a focus on multimodal options, revitalization, recreation, and public engagement.
Grant Awarded $42,000 | Total Project Cost $60,000

Willistown Township — Comprehensive Plan

The township is proposing updating their existing comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2011. The plan is anticipated to strengthen the interconnectedness of growth management, environmental resource protection, and open space and recreation planning, and include a focus on sustainability and pedestrian circulation.
Grant Awarded $40,000 | Total Project Cost $82,000

2019 VPP Awards

Brandywine Battlefield Group, Birmingham Township lead — Heritage Interpretation Plan

Along with East Bradford, Kennett, Pennsbury, Thornbury, and Westtown, and with outside funding support from Chadds Ford Township, Birmingham Township is proposing development of a heritage interpretation plan to promote thematic and physical heritage interpretation. The plan will build from previous efforts to finalize locations for Heritage Centers, identify key sites for limited public interpretation purposes, develop interpretation narratives, develop driving and walking tours, and promote public education, small–scale heritage tourism, and visitor safety. Properties that have been recently preserved and their role in visitor experience would be addressed. The plan would provide a cohesive vision, narrative, and actions for how the many implementing entities can create a visitor experience that allows the public to engage with local history and interact with remaining landscapes and resources.
Grant Awarded $29,000 | Total Project Cost $43,000

Caln Township — Zoning Ordinance Update

The township is proposing to update their Zoning Ordinance, implementing recommendations from their comprehensive plan and creating a cohesive ordinance that encourages appropriate development. Recent development pressure created a desire to more comprehensively address proposed development, but previous pressure created multiple zoning amendments that are not advancing an integrated community. The focus will be on clarifying zoning along Route 30, a key business area that includes the SEPTA train station. Stormwater, pedestrian connection, open space/recreation, mixed use, and historic preservation provisions will be updated.
Grant Awarded $25,000 | Total Project Cost $60,000

East Fallowfield Township — Newlinville Village Master Plan

The township is proposing development of a village master plan for the Newlinville area of the Township (along Route 82, immediately south of South Coatesville). The plan would create a vision and implementation tasks for development of a walkable community that provides a mix of residential and commercial services, addressing streetscaping, zoning uses, design guidelines, and public improvements while presenting a concept plan/renderings. The plan would implement recommendations from the 2015 Comprehensive Plan, including fostering economic development in the Township. The application is supported by South Coatesville and Valley Township.
Grant Awarded $21,266 | Total Project Cost $30,380

Icedale Trail Feasbility Study: The existing trail is nestled in a mature woodland and is located along the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek.

Honey Brook and West Brandywine Townships — Icedale Trail Feasbility Study

Honey Brook Township and West Brandywine Township are proposing development of a trail feasibility study for the "Icedale Trail". This would be a new multimodal off-road trail of approximately 2.5 miles between Rt 322 and Icedale Road, potentially utilizing a former railroad corridor and riparian areas along the West Brandy Brandywine Creek, and crossing parcels owned by the PA Fish and Boat Commission. The trail would provide a recreation option for nearby residential areas, including two mobile home parks, and improve public access to Icedale Lake.
Grant Awarded $16,450 | Total Project Cost $25,250

Phoenixville Region — Comprehensive Plan Update

West Pikeland Township is going through the required steps to join the existing Phoenixville Region. Updating the recently adopted Phoenixville Region Comprehensive Plan to address West Pikeland, and its place within the Region, would advance this effort, and strengthen the existing Region.
Grant Awarded $23,310 | Total Project Cost $33,300

West Chester Borough — High Street Corridor Study

The borough is proposing development of a corridor study that will analyze pedestrian safety, circulation, lighting, multimodal, transit, and vehicular needs on South High Street (Market Street to Rosedale Avenue). The project would develop a concept plan that depicts proposed improvements, thereby directing potential PennDOT funding (perhaps available to advance to final design as early as 2020) as well as Borough funds and potential future CRP/DVRPC applications. West Goshen Township will be asked to serve on the project's task force, enabling continued coordination on efforts that involve West Chester University, and WCU students will be invited to participate in data gathering.
Grant Awarded $22,500 | Total Project Cost $35,000

West Whitelandp — Historic Resource Survey Update

The township is proposing an update of their historic resource survey (which dates from the early 1980s), to include a comprehensive survey of historic resources, an update of the historic resources map, an update of their History of West Whiteland publication, and creation of an ArcGIS geodatabase that will inventory all historic resources 45 years or older. The products would seamlessly integrate with PHMC's new database. The township faces significant development pressure that has exposed flaws in their existing survey.
Grant Awarded $27,500 | Total Project Cost $51,900

2018 VPP Awards

Coatesville, South Coatesville Borough & Valley Township — Economic Development Study

The three municipalities propose to develop a micro-regional economic development study to provide strategies to recruit varied industry sectors to the area. The study will gather relevant background information, including specific economic data, and identify actionable steps for attraction and recruitment efforts.
Grant Awarded $40,000 | Total Project Cost $60,000

East Marlborough Township — Open Space, Recreation, and Environmental Resources Plan

The township is proposing development of a plan to address existing parks, newly acquired township open space, trail connections, and prioritization for future open space preservation. Coordination with the school district is proposed, given their contribution to active recreation facilities in the Township. The existing plan dates from 1993.
Grant Awarded $28,500 | Total Project Cost $51,000

East Whiteland Township — Open Space, Parks, and Recreation Plan

The township proposed to complete a plan to identify, acquire, operate, maintain, and connect open space. The goal would be to establish a blueprint for providing a network of parks, trails, and open spaces that includes active and passive recreation facilities, protected natural landscapes, and preserved historic sites.
Grant Awarded $42,000 | Total Project Cost $70,000

Easttown Township — Devon Visioning and Amendments

The township is proposing to conduct public visioning sessions to build community consensus for zoning amendments in the Devon area. Following the visioning process, zoning amendments will be drafted and reviewed. This project was a high priority recommendation in their recent comprehensive plan.
Grant Awarded $29,500 | Total Project Cost $53,490

Uwchlan Township — Comprehensive Plan and Official Map

The township proposes to update their comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2010. This full update would follow the format of the existing plan. An update to their Official Map would also occur as part of the project.
Grant Awarded $36,000 | Total Project Cost $60,000

Cover for the Valley Township Comprehensive Plan.

Valley Township — Comprehensive Plan

The township is proposing development of a new comprehensive plan. Their existing plan dates from 2003. The new plan will incorporate information from various plans, build consensus around a vision for the future that is implementable, and prioritize future action.
Grant Awarded $41,307 | Total Project Cost $59,000

West Caln Township — Comprehensive Plan

The township is proposing development of a new comprehensive plan. Their existing plan dates from 1998. The new plan will be implementable and include a focus on sustainability. Specific issues to be addressed include use of Superfund sites, promotion of alternative energy, and increased coordination with adjacent townships that face similar challenges.
Grant Awarded $27,000 | Total Project Cost $62,000