One of the top issues identified by Chester County residents during the Landscapes3 comprehensive plan update process was the need for more bicycle and pedestrian facilities in their communities. These facilities provide residents with greater mobility, true multimodal transportation options, and additional recreational options all leading to the development of healthier communities.
The Active Transportation Municipal Ordinance Inventory and Outreach project will be completed and administered by the Chester County Planning Commission (CCPC) staff. CCPC will inventory all 73 Chester County municipalities and the results will be used to target locations where active transportation facilities and the municipal ordinances that require and standardize such facilities are most needed. Staff's efforts will be aided by on-going Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) projects such as its sidewalk inventory and bicycle level-of-stress mapping.
Work to be performed with this project will include:
- Inventory and review of existing subdivision and land development ordinances, comprehensive plans, and/or any bicycle / pedestrian / transit related advisory documents completed for all 73 Chester County municipalities;
- Identification of potential ordinance amendments, tailored for each municipality, that will improve active transportation facility implementation;
- Technical assistance to municipalities preparing active transportation ordinance amendments;
- A summary report of findings and recommendations county-wide; and,
- Creation and/or update of active transportation online tools for use by local municipalities available at the chescoplanning.org website.
The primary benefit to municipalities from this project and the technical assistance it will provide will be the codification of active transportation elements into ordinance documents. The inclusion of active transportation elements within municipal ordinances will allow for this critical element of public infrastructure to be completed as part of the land development process. This project is scheduled to be complete by the end of June 2020.