Open Space

With nearly 144,000 acres of permanently-protected land, nearly 30% of the county is preserved as open space or agricultural land. This web page provides data on open space preservation, an overview of county open space policies, and links to conservancies and other open space partners.

Mapping and Data

Open Space Mapping and Data

Each year CCPC adds land preserved by local governments and land trusts to our Protected Open Space Tracking database.

Conservation Subdivision Design Guide

Conservation Subdivision Design Guide

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.

Return on Environment

This 2018 report highlights the economic benefits of Chester County's protected open space.

Preservation

Open Space Preservation

Chester County Parks + Preservation provides preservation, recreation, educational, and stewardship services to the residents and visitors of Chester County so they can connect with natural and cultural resources and thrive in a sustainable healthy community.

Policies

County Open Space Planning Policies

View Chester County's planning documents that guide open space preservation efforts.

eTools

Open Space Tools for Municipalities

Connect to regulatory and design tools and view an inventory of Chester County municipalities with open space plans and ordinances.

partners

Open Space Partners

A strong network of partners and culture of collaboration have made Chester County a leader in open space preservation.