November 2021

Groundbreaking of New Coatesville Train Station

November 22, 2021

On Friday, October 22, the Chester County Commissioners joined Governor Tom Wolf, State legislators, transportation leaders, and Coatesville City officials to break ground on a new train station in the City of Coatesville. The station will help revitalize the Coatesville community and enhance multimodal connectivity throughout the region. Learn more.

Honoring George Fasic

November 19, 2021

Last month we received the unfortunate news of the passing of our former Executive Director and dear friend to many, Mr. George W. Fasic. George spent 19 years with the Chester County Planning Commission and made an incredible impact on the county both during this role, and long after. Although he's no longer with us, George's legacy and efforts will carry on through the initiatives he started, and the many lives he touched. Learn more.

Following Up: 2021 Urban Centers Forum<

November 16, 2021

Chester County's 2021 Urban Centers Forum, "Great, Green, Growing Small Towns" took place on Tuesday, October 26, at Oxford Borough Hall and via Zoom. The forum welcomed municipal officials and other urban planning professionals from around the region — making for yet another excellent event! Learn more.

Brandywine Battlefield Historic Marker Unveiled in Westtown

November 16, 2021

Last month, Westtown Township unveiled a new historic marker recognizing the importance of the September 11, 1777 Battle of Brandywine. The sign is the sixth in a series of 15 to be installed in the Chester and Delaware county municipalities where the largest single-day land battle of the Revolutionary War took place. Learn more.

Planning Commission to Hold Monthly Board Meeting

November 5, 2021

The Chester County Planning Commission will conduct its monthly board meeting at 2:00 p.m. on November 10, 2021. This will be a hybrid meeting allowing the public to attend in person or via Zoom. The location of the meeting is Suite 250 in the Government Services Building (601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19380). Please visit to join the webinar or telephone 1-312-626-6799 and enter Webinar ID 916 0421 4510. We recommend beginning to log in at 1:45 in case of technical difficulties. The public is invited to join, and there will be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting. Learn more.

October 2021

Community Planning Month

October 27, 2021

In recognition of National Community Planning Month, the Chester County Commissioners have issued a formal proclamation noting the importance of the county's local and regional planning initiatives. One important initiative, which happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the county's Vision Partnership Program! Learn more.

Looking Back — VPP Celebrates 25 Years of Success

October 26, 2021

Since its birth in 1996, the VPP has supported nearly all of Chester County's municipalities in one way or another. One of the very first projects was Elverson Borough's Zoning Update, completed in 1997, which was followed by five more VPP projects over the years! Learn more.

Smart Growth

October 22, 2021

When it comes to the growth and preservation of our communities, Smart Growth plays an important role in accommodating inevitable growth and development in a manner that preserves the best characteristics of a community. Smart growth can help protect an area's natural environment, preserve farmland and open space, and make attractive, economically competitive, and socially diverse communities. Learn more about Smart Growth.

Meet our Executive Director

October 21, 2021

As the face of the Chester County Planning Commission, our Executive Director, Brian O'Leary, plays many key roles that contribute to the success of the organization. Some of these roles include the implementation of Landscapes3, and helping to administer the Planning Commission's three boards — the Planning Commission Board, the Environmental and Energy Advisory Board, and the Agricultural Development Council. If you've attended one of the Planning Commission's recent meetings or events, you've probably seen Brian present or say a few words! Learn more about Brian.

New Climate Action Plan Adopted by Chester County Commissioners

October 14, 2021

The Chester County Board of Commissioners recently adopted the county's new Climate Action Plan with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. These efforts, and more, stemmed from various public outreach methods in addition to the county's original Greenhouse Gas Report from 2010. Learn more.

Following Up: Chester County's 2021 Transportation Forum

October 13, 2021

We hosted the 2021 Transportation Forum, "Drivers, Deliveries, & Dollars," on September 29th via Zoom. The forum covered topics such as the impacts of COVID-19 on our transportation system, county trail planning and development, public transit and freight deliveries, land use impacts, major roadways, and funding. Learn more.

Following Up: Fall 2021 Planners' Forum

October 13, 2021

We hosted the Fall Planners' Forum on Wednesday, October 6, at the East Bradford Township Building and via Zoom. The forum was attended by local planners, developers, county officials, and many others from around the region, and started off with a networking session. Learn more.

Join us for the 2021 Housing Forum

October 12, 2021

We are hosing the 2021 Housing Forum,"What's our type? Missing Middle typologies to meet housing needs" on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Government Services Center, and via Zoom. Presentations will focus on local Missing Middle typologies and approaches for municipalities to encourage Missing Middle Housing. This forum provides a great opportunity for those who are interested in learning more about the county's housing planning activities, and is open to all municipal staff, partners, and anyone else that would like to attend. Learn more and register.

Tredyffrin's Jones Log Barn Living History Center

October 12, 2021

The Jones Log Barn in Tredyffrin Township is likely one of the oldest barns in the region. However, twenty years ago, it was falling apart and set to be demolished to settle an estate. Thanks to the work of local historic preservationists who worked for years to dismantle, relocate, and reassemble the barn — it is now reopening as the Jones Log Barn Living History Center! The preservation of this barn supports the Appreciate goal in Landscapes3, as it helps to preserve historic resources in their context while supporting appropriate reuse as a vital part of our community infrastructure and character. Learn more.

Join us for the Fall Urban Centers Forum

October 11, 2021

Chester County's Urban Centers include the 15 boroughs throughout the county as well as the City of Coatesville. Each of these urban centers serves as a civic, economic, and population center with a traditional town character and identity of its own. To support the county's 16 Urban Centers, the Chester County Planning Commission and Chester County Department of Community Development host an annual Urban Centers Forum to present topics and information relevant to our Urban Centers while offering potential solutions and opportunities for discussion and networking. This year, the Fall Urban Centers Forum, "Great Green, Growing Small Towns," will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. Learn more.

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