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.
The Planning Commission reviews plans, zoning, subdivisions, and land developments under the Municipalities Planning Code and sewage facilities under Act 537.
Learn more about planning documents and policies that support Chester County's status as a leader in open space preservation.
These guides provide examples and sample ordinance language for creating developments and zoning that are consistent with the Landscapes Map.
This guide provides design and technical guidance on how to develop ordinances for developments that preserve natural resources and scenic views while creating high quality places for people to live.
The Commercial Landscapes series highlights realistic strategies, recommendations and best practices for repurposing underperforming commercial areas.
Learn more about existing land use in the county, general changes over the past twenty years, and major trends.
Our extensive library of land use tools provides expert guidance on zoning, subdivision ordinances, and other planning tools.
Balancing growth and preservation through effective land use policies is a key component of Landscapes3, the county's comprehensive plan.
Municipalities control land use policies, working with a wide range of partners and advocates.
See municipal land use percentages, access subdivision and land activity information, and review non-residential construction report data.
The rules that guide planning in municipalities are based on state enabling legislation that governs all elements of planning in Pennsylvania.