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Planning Matters is the Newsletter of the Delaware County Planning Department where we discuss items of planning interest in the County.

Steps toward Walkability

Steps toward Walkability utilizes sidewalk maps to analyze and recommend improvements to pedestrian access, supporting the implementation of Complete Streets. Read More…

Central Places Model Zoning Ordinance

The new model zoning provides a guide for municipalities of contemporary best practices for local downtown and main street district zoning.  Read More…

Planner's Portfolio: Healthy Communities

The Healthy Communities Planner’s Portfolio looks at several planning topics through a health lens. Healthy communities are places where the healthy choice is the easy choice for everyone who lives, works, or visits.  Read More…

Delaware County Planner Receives Planning Award

On October 24, 2017 the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (PA Chapter of APA) held its Annual Awards Luncheon in State College, PA where over 300 attendees celebrated the esteemed award winners of this year’s highly competitive program. Read More…

Planner's Portfolio: Food Systems

Food is among the most basic of daily human needs, yet it often gets taken for granted. Planners have long focused on other aspects of daily life – where we live, where we work, how we get around – but a focus on issues related to food has emerged relatively recently. Read More…

Planner's Portfolio: Medical Marijuana

The Pennsylvania “Medical Marijuana Act” (PA Act 16, 2016) was passed by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in April 2016 in order to legalize the growth, processing, storage, transport, and dispensing of medical marijuana to those issued a permit for its use. This portfolio provides an overview of the guidelines put in place to regulate medical marijuana growers and dispensaries. Read More…

Planner's Portfolio: Tactical Placemaking

Planner's Portfolio: National Trends

Planner's Portfolio: Riparian Buffers

Planner's Portfolio: Community Trails

Planning for Medical Marijuana

Planner's Portfolio: Downtown Revitalization Case Studies

Planner's Portfolio: Traffic Calming

Delaware County Planners Attend Statewide Planning Conference

County Sponsors Course in Zoning

Planning Commission Presents the William H. Bates Awards

Planner's Portfolio: Green Stormwater Infrastructure

West Chester Pike Coalition Kick Off Meeting

Planner's Portfolio: Renewable Energy

Planner's Portfolio: Complete Streets

County Sponsors Course in Community Planning

High Cost of Free Parking

Delaware County Heritage Commission Historic Preservation Awards

Planner's Portfolio: Placemaking

Planner's Portfolio: Character Areas

County Planners Attend DCTMA Conference

Construction Underway on the Chester Creek Trail

Great Places in Pennsylvania Nominations Open



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