Chester County has a very diverse range of excellent housing, from new apartment buildings to old single-family detached homes. This web page provides information on the Housing Options Task Force, affordable housing, housing choice, and housing needs.
Programs and Projects
The annual Housing Report provides an annual summary of residential real estate trends in Chester County. The report displays median sales prices of residential properties on three aggregate levels: county, school region, and municipal. Further, it summarizes new construction by type of housing, including single family, twins, townhouses, and apartments. View Report
Affordable Housing Case Studies
To illustrate how affordable housing can be successfully developed and integrated into communities, Affordable Housing Case Studies were developed to show successful examples of new affordable housing in Chester County. The projects highlighted encompass a variety of types for a diversity of populations and needs. Learn More
Housing Options Task Force
The Housing Options Task Force consists of the Planning Commission, municipal partners, and housing related organizations in a partnership formed to implement the housing element of Landscapes2. The Task Force Executive Committee continues to provide input on CCPC activities relating to housing. Learn More
Planning Toolbox — Housing Diversity
Housing Diversity refers to the range of housing options available to residents of Chester County and other areas. Each municipality is required to provide opportunities for all types of housing through their zoning ordinances. Offering a diverse mix of housing in cost, unit type, and neighborhood setting is important to meet the needs and preferences of all residents. View Tools
County-wide Planning Policies
Landscapes3 is the comprehensive plan for Chester County, and renews the county's commitment to balancing growth and preservation to foster vibrant communities. Landscapes3 is organized around six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect, and addresses land use, growth, and preservation as part of the Landscapes Map. Housing is addressed primarily within the Live goal area of Landscapes3, with limited discussion within Prosper.
Issues and Trends
Issues related to housing are complex and diverse. Issues ranging from fair housing to aging in place and gentrification have significant impacts when determining where one can afford and choose to live. Learn More
Chester County exhibits a variety of housing options reflective of the trends of the time when they were constructed. Present trends as they relate to where and how housing is constructed include urban center living, "green" housing, and universal design. Learn More
In Pennsylvania, all municipalities must meet their "fair share" in the provision of all housing types, inclusive of multifamily dwellings and mobile homes. Learn More
View a list of partner agencies that provide technical assistance with zoning implementation and regulation standards.