Chester County currently has over 500,000 people and 300,000 jobs and has a wide range of urban, suburban, rural, and agricultural landscapes. Significant new development is expected because of the county's growing population and job base. This web page provides information on the Vision Partnership Program, plan review procedures, and land use tools.
Programs and Projects
The Planning Commission is responsible for a wide variety of mandated planning reviews including subdivision and land development reviews under the Municipalities Planning Code and sewage facilities reviews under Act 537. Click here for complete information on CCPC reviews.
Vision Partnership Program
This competitive grant program provides both technical and financial assistance to municipalities in the preparation of comprehensive plans, ordinances, official maps, and special planning projects, such as connectivity plans, open space plans, economic development studies, historic surveys, and corridor plans. Click here for more information.
Land Use Studies - Commercial Landscapes
The Commercial Landscapes planning series highlights the importance of repurposing significant commercial areas in Chester County with realistic strategies, recommendations and best practices. This was a collaborative effort between county agencies and a task force that included municipal representatives, developers, consultants and others concerned about the future of commercial properties. Click here to learn more.
Planning Toolbox — Land Use
The goal for land use is to preserve and enhance the diversified mix of land uses within the urban, suburban, rural, agricultural and natural landscapes to maintain the balance between growth and preservation. Click here for tools that can help achieve this goal at the municipal level through sustainable and energy conservation practices.
Planning Education Services
Attending community planning courses can help you become well informed by learning the basics. There is a series of planning courses available to you here in Chester County. Click here to learn more.
County-Wide Planning Policies
Landscapes2 is the comprehensive policy plan adopted by Chester County. CCPC is currently in the process of updating the plan and will release the latest version, Landscapes3, in 2018. Click here to learn more about the progress we've made working towards the goals identified in Landscapes2, and how your voice can be heard as we update the comprehensive plan.
Issues and Trends
Chester County Land Use Analysis Summary
Learn more about existing land use in the county, general changes over the past twenty years, and major trends.
Planning in Pennsylvania
It is important that you become familiar with the rules that guide planning in your municipality. State enabling legislation has been passed that governs planning in Pennsylvania. It guides how local planning commissions operate, as well as the plans and ordinances that are developed to implement the plan. Click here to learn more.
Subdivision and Land Development Activity Reports
These reports list proposed subdivision and land development application submissions for review under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), Act 247. Click here to view reports.
Municipal Project Examples
Click here to review some successful planning projects around the county.