Coming Soon to Chester County – A New Comprehensive Plan

The Chester County Planning Commission is in the process of updating its Countywide Comprehensive Plan.  By the end of this year, the new plan, Landscapes3, will replace the current Comprehensive Plan, Landscapes2.

What is the County Comprehensive Plan and why is it important for what we do?

The Comprehensive Plan is a planning document that serves as an important resource for municipalities, developers, design consultants and the residents of Chester County. 

It establishes a series of development and preservation goals and objectives as well as implementation strategies and guidelines to help achieve them.  The Plan is an important tool that helps shape the communities within the County. 

What are the goals of the new plan?

According to the Landscapes3 website, the goals of the new Comprehensive plan are to:

  • Preserve – Advance the protection and stewardship of open space, farmland, and natural and cultural features to realize economic, ecological, and quality of life benefits.
  • Protect – Protect and restore critical natural resources to ensure a resilient environment that supports healthy communities.
  • Appreciate – Preserve the historic resources and landscapes that define our cultural heritage to inspire the future through tangible connections to our shared past. Live Nurture diverse and well-rounded communities with a balance of residential opportunities and convenient access to community facilities, services, and amenities.
  • Prosper – Grow our economic strength through developing and sustaining a skilled workforce, adaptable work areas, supportive infrastructure, a culture of innovation, and engaged communities.
  • Connect – Advance efficient, reliable, and innovative transportation, utility, and communications infrastructure systems that responsibly serve thriving and growing

Read more about the Landscapes3 program on the Chester County Planning Commission website.

Chester County is looking for your input…
Public meetingsto discuss the plan have already started. There are three more public meetings scheduled for April 10th, May 1st, and May 16th

I plan on attending the May 1st meeting – stay tuned for an update.

Jared Lowman, RLA

Jared is a Project Manager in Nave Newell’s Land Planning and Landscape Architecture Department.

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