Feedback accepted on proposed revisions to West Chester's Land Use Plan

West Chester’s Land Use Planning Committee has been working since May 2011 to update the community’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. The plan was last updated in 2004.

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan represents the “vision” for land development in the Township. When recommending its changes, The Land Use Planning Committee takes into consideration each corridor, current land use designations, road projects and changes in terms of development since the previous document was adopted.

The Land Use Planning Committee is a seven-member volunteer board composed of West Chester residents appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Committee is charged with updating the West Chester Comprehensive Land Use Plan. During updates to the plan, the Committee meets regularly to approve new language, confers with interested property owners to consider their views, and holds public forums to obtain resident feedback. The Committee ultimately takes the proposed Land Use Plan to the West Chester Board of Trustees for adoption.

Current revisions being considered reflect changes in demographic information, new developments that have occurred since 2004 including park development, and road improvements occurring since 2004 including U.S. Route 42 and Liberty Way.

Consideration was given to land use designations offered in 2004 and how changes to infrastructure and demographics may have influenced potential land uses today.

Feedback on the proposed revisions will be accepted in writing until May 14.

A joint public hearing of the Land Use Planning Committee and the Zoning Commission will take place Monday, March 18th at West Chester Township Hall. The purpose of the public hearing will be to present proposed revision, receive public comment and hear discussion from the Commission and Committee members.

Another public hearing will be scheduled for the Land Use Planning Committee offering further opportunity for public comment. This hearing is tentatively scheduled Tuesday, April 15.

The West Chester Board of Trustees will also have a public hearing on the revisions on May 14, prior to Board action scheduled for May 28. Revisions to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan require Board of Trustee approval.