The Chester County Planning Commission collects and shares publications, reports, maps, videos and other newsworthy information that supports the six goals and vision of Landscapes3, the county's comprehensive plan. The stories below are organized by the plan's six goal areas — Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, Connect — and the Vision.
How We Preserve
Conservation Subdivision Design Guide
CCPC released a new Conservation Subdivision Design Guide to help municipalities develop effective ordinances that enable conservation subdivisions. Learn more and check out the guide.
eTools — Protecting Chesco's Farmlands, Natural Areas, & Cultural Resources
Chester County established some of the first land trusts to preserve land throughout the county back in the 1940s, and today, the county has nearly 30% of open space protected because of it. Learn about the benefits of conservation easements and how to implement them.
How We Protect
eTools — Native Plants
Landscaping with native plants is critical for Chester County's ecosystem. Learn more.
eTools — BMPs and Floodplain Protection
Stormwater Best Management Practices and floodplain protection are important to manage flooding and maintain a healthy ecosystem. Learn more.
How We Appreciate
Chester County Commissioners Approve Contract to Bolster Historic Tourism
The Chester County Commissioners recently approved a $156,000 contract with Heritage Strategies, LLC to bolster historic tourism in Chester County. Learn more.
In honor of the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026, the county has formed the Chester County America250PA Commission to highlight the important role that Chester County played from before our nation was formed, through to today, and into the future. Learn more.
How We Live
A Guide to Local Farm Products
Explore Chester County's pick-your-own farms, wineries, farmers markets and more. Learn more.
2021 Housing Report
The 2021 Housing Report shows a 20-year high in Chester County home construction. Learn more.
How We Prosper
Non-residential Construction Report
Chester County saw a total of 36 non-residential construction projects completed in 2021 totaling 1,139,151 square feet. Learn more.
Ag Council Releases New Strategic Plan
The Chester County Agricultural Economic Development Strategic Plan (AEDSP) outlines how to sustain and grow a successful agricultural economy in the face of growth pressures, industry challenges, and limited resources. Learn more.
Chester County Economy Report Released
Chester County released an Economy Report which can help guide economic planning and future growth. The report highlights the county's strengths and weaknesses, helping to guide the implementation of Landscapes3. Learn more.
How We Connect
Getting Started with Complete Streets
Check out this new eTool to learn about Complete Streets, including Chester County's Complete Streets Policy. Learn more.
Chester County Launches Walk. Ride. Drive. Safe Campaign
Chester County launched a new Walk. Ride. Drive. Safe campaign offering tips and rules to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe — and drivers aware. Learn more.
New Amtrak Bus Service
The recently launched Thruway Bus Service is an important step in the county's initiative to restore passenger rail from Reading to Philadelphia. Learn more.
Chester County's Solar Power Guide
With the demand for solar power rising, CCPC released a Solar Power Guide with information and guidance on regulating solar power facilities. Learn more.
Landscapes3 Vision and Map
eTools — Adoping an Official Map
Learn about official maps and how they can be useful for municipalities Learn more.
eTools — Implementing Zoning Overlay Districts
When it comes to zoning districts, municipalities often include zoning overlays to effectively address the needs within their community. Learn more.
New Suburban Landscapes Design Guide Released
This new design guide supports the planning principles and design elements for development in the county's suburban landscapes. Topics include recommended planning policies, design treatments, regulatory strategies, & links to online resources. Learn more.