Avondale Borough — Comprehensive Plan

Avondale Borough retained Ray Ott & Associates, in association with Sarcinello Planning & GIS Services, to assist them with development of a new comprehensive plan. Adopted in 2019, the plan focused recommendations in the areas of housing, circulation, future development and redevelopment, resource protection, and community services/facilities/communication. Public outreach during development of the plan included a survey in both English and Spanish, key person interviews, a public workshop with hands-on exercises, and bi-monthly meetings devoted to the comprehensive plan. This project was funded by Avondale Borough and a VPP cash grant. View the plan

Elverson Borough — Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

Assisted by the Chester County Planning Commission, Elverson Borough completed full updates to their zoning ordinance and subdivision and land development ordinance in 2018. The updated ordinances will help guide future growth and ensure that new development is complementary with the character of Elverson. Both ordinances were updated to improve the ease with which they can be used by the borough’s staff and elected and appointed officials, as well as landowners within the Borough. The project was funded by the Borough of Elverson and a VPP technical services grant. View ordinances

Kennett Area — Community Facility Visioning

Eight municipalities surrounding Kennett Library tackled a community facility visioning process to identify and build consensus around a new facility, laying the foundation for a community center to serve the area for decades to come. The outreach process for the study included a public survey and multiple workshops. Completed in 2017, the final study provided details on the needs identified through the process and recommendations regarding the siting, design, and development of a new library within the borough of Kennett Square. The municipalities were assisted by the team of RRMM Lukmire Architects and Providence Associates. The project was funded by the municipalities (Kennett Square Borough and the townships of East Marlborough, Kennett, Newlin, New Garden, Pennsbury, Pocopson, and West Marlborough) and a VPP cash grant. Learn more

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Thornbury Township — Comprehensive Plan

Assisted by the Chester County Planning Commission, Thornbury Township adopted a new comprehensive plan in 2018 that focuses on managing growth and opportunities for preservation and recreation. The township hopes to expand its multimodal opportunities by expanding and connecting its existing network of sidewalks and trails linking residential, institutional, and recreational uses (such as Goose Creek Park). The plan includes four priority areas: land use and community character, transportation and infrastructure, preserving and enhancing green spaces, and community facilities and services. The project was funded by Thornbury Township and a VPP technical services grant. View the plan

East Bradford Township — Plum Run Corridor Master Plan

East Bradford Township retained the team of Laird Recreation and A.D. Marble to assist them with creating a guiding vision for the design and development of public improvements through a 1-mile segment of the Plum Run corridor. Completed in 2019, the plan focused on enhancing pedestrian navigation and recreational access, preserving and interpreting natural, historic, and cultural resources, and creating an inviting network of community open space that highlights the Strode's Mill Historic District as a hub of local, living history. In addition, the project implements a heritage interpretation recommendation of the 2013 Brandywine Battlefield Preservation Plan and 2015 Sconnelltown/Strode's Mill Brandywine Battlefield Strategic Landscapes Plan for a heritage center in Strode's Mill Village. The project was funded by East Bradford Township and a VPP cash grant. View the plan

Tredyffrin Township — Gateway Multimodal Transportation Study

Assisted by McMahon Associates, Tredyffrin Township completed a multimodal transportation study in 2019 that focused on the northeastern section of the township (in the vicinity of Gateway Shopping Center and Valley Forge Middle School). The study evaluated alternatives for closing gaps in the existing sidewalk network and creating a safe pedestrian environment at key intersections. The project was funded by Tredyffrin Township and a VPP cash grant, along with funds from Regency Centers. View study

South Coventry Township — Comprehensive Plan

Assisted by the Chester County Planning Commission, South Coventry Township adopted a new comprehensive plan in 2016 that thoughtfully expands their commercial core, promotes alternative development options, and focuses on preserving natural resources and open space throughout the community. The project was funded by South Coventry Township and a VPP technical services grant. View the plan

Uwchlan Township — Transportation Improvements

There have been several transportation improvements to major roadways such as Route 100 and Route 113 in Uwchlan over the years. Uwchlan officials also have been working on the township's trail system. Learn More

Pennsbury Township — Subdivision and Land Development Update

Pennsbury Township, assisted by the Brandywine Conservancy, updated its subdivision and land development ordinance. The subdivision ordinance update was coordinated with the recently adopted zoning ordinance, adopted in 2012, as well as with the updates to their stormwater management provisions. The update was adopted in 2015 and funded by the township and a VPP cash grant. View Ordinance

Charlestown Township — Devault Rail Trail Feasibility Study

Assisted by Campbell Thomas & Company and Ray Ott & Associates, Charlestown Township completed a feasibility study for the potential conversion of the currently unused Devault Branch of the former Pennsylvania Railroad to a rail-trail. The township coordinated with adjacent municipalities, the French and Pickering Trust, and Norfolk Southern for this study. The study developed an analysis and inventory of existing conditions with mapping and produced final recommendations, cost statements, and a trail study map. The study was accepted in 2015 and was funded by the township and a VPP cash grant. View Study

Honey Brook Borough & Honey Brook Township — Joint Comprehensive Plan

Honey Brook Borough and Honey Brook Township retained the Brandywine Conservancy to assist them with updates to their individual comprehensive plans, but through a cooperative process the individual plans were merged to enable the adoption of a joint plan in 2015. The project included a sustainability assessment, provided both municipalities with policy for future growth and preservation, and served as an update to the borough’s revitalization plan. This project was funded by Honey Brook Borough, Honey Brook Township, and a VPP cash grant. View Plan

Oxford Region — Multimunicipal Comprehensive Plan

The municipalities of the Oxford Region retained the Chester County Planning Commission to assist in the development of a regional comprehensive plan. The region consists of the Borough of Oxford and the townships of East Nottingham, Elk, Lower Oxford, Upper Oxford, and West Nottingham. Significant opportunities and challenges facing the region that were addressed in the plan included: an increase in development pressures from the south and east, loss of farmland and the agricultural industry, utility issues, and the ongoing revitalization of Oxford Borough. The comprehensive plan, and following implementation agreement, is now policy for six municipalities. This plan was funded by the Oxford Region and a VPP in-kind grant for planning services. The Chester County Planning Commission continues to provide technical assistance to the region. View Project Website

Kennett Square Borough — Comprehensive Plan Update

Kennett Square Borough retained the Chester County Planning Commission to update its 2001 comprehensive plan. Several new elements were added to the plan including a separate housing plan; natural resources plan; parks, recreation, and open space plan; and energy plan. The plan focused on providing clear direction for implantation and recommendations. The plan was adopted by the borough in 2012, and was funded by Kennett Square Borough and an in-kind VPP grant for planning services. View Plan

West Grove Borough — Zoning Ordinance Update

West Grove Borough officials retained the Chester County Planning Commission to assist them with updating their 1970 zoning ordinance. The ordinance update provided support for the implementation of the borough’s revitalization plans, brought the ordinance into conformity with current planning practices, addressed nonconforming uses in the borough, updated the zoning map, and addressed land uses not envisioned when the plan was first developed. West Grove Borough adopted the zoning update in 2015, which was funded by the borough and an in-kind VPP grant for planning services. View Ordinance

Kennett Township — Comprehensive Plan Update

Kennett Township officials retained the Chester County Planning Commission to assist them with the update of their 2004 comprehensive plan. The plan update reflects the township’s interest in resource protection and open space preservation, but places a greater emphasis on housing issues and potential trail and pedestrian links. The township also updated their future land use vision. The plan was adopted by Kennett Township in 2015 and was funded by the township and an in-kind VPP grant for planning services. View Plan

Oxford Borough — Parking Management Study

Oxford Borough, assisted by Steve Krug, P.E., AIA, examined ways to effectively meet the borough's current and future parking needs in the downtown core and fringe areas. The study identified and prioritized overall sustainable parking improvements, including both surface parking and sites for a garage location. The study provided a well-organized analysis, recommendations, and justification for pursuit of funding sources. Coordinated with the borough's revitalization plan and accepted in 2015, the study was funded by the borough and a VPP cash grant. View Study

Penn Township — Jennersville Multi-Modal Connectivity Feasibility Study

Assisted by MacCombie Consulting Engineers & Surveyors, Inc., and Menke & Menke, LLC Landscape Architects & Planners, Penn Township completed a connectivity study on how to best connect the numerous commercial, office, institutional, and residential uses in and around Jennersville. The 2015 study coalesced prior studies and conceptual plans into a single consolidated plan. Recommendations and implementation actions were focused on connecting and extending a safe network for pedestrians and bicyclists. The study was a recommendation of the 2012 Penn Township Comprehensive Plan and was funded by the township and a VPP cash grant.

Atglen Borough — Zoning Ordinance

Atglen Borough officials retained the Chester County Planning Commission to assist them with a full update of their zoning ordinance that brought the ordinance into conformity with current planning practices. The updated ordinance addresses nonconforming uses, signs, definitions, and land uses not envisioned when the ordinance was first developed. Traditional Neighborhood Development requirements were incorporated into the "downtown" zoning district and a new "gateway" district leading from Route 41 into the borough. A new transit-oriented development (TOD) district was developed surrounding the future Atglen train station site north of the Amtrak railroad. The Atglen Borough Zoning Ordinance, adopted in 2015, was funded by the borough and a VPP in-kind grant. View Ordinance

Elverson Borough — Comprehensive Plan

Elverson Borough officials retained the Chester County Planning Commission to assist them with a full update of their comprehensive plan. The plan provides background information, analysis, and recommendations across the full spectrum of comprehensive plan topics, with focused attention on actions related to regulatory updates and developing Elverson as a heritage and recreation destination. The comprehensive plan was adopted in 2014 and was funded by the borough and a VPP in-kind grant. View Plan