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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.



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

Tactical placemaking is an increasingly popular approach to planning that emphasizes testing projects through a series of phases rather than constructing projects straight from the drawing board. Common examples include crosswalks, pedestrian plazas, and bicycle lanes. Projects begin as demonstrations, become pilot projects, and then, if successful, are installed permanently. Read More…




Planner's Portfolio: National Trends

Research on trends occurring nationwide helps to provide insight into changing patterns and attitudes locally. It also helps to predict future pressures that may affect local communities. As such, it is important to have a broad understanding of several key national trends to understand the context of local trends. Read More…




Planner's Portfolio: Riparian Buffers

The term riparian buffer describes an area of perennial vegetation that lies adjacent to a body of water. Establishing a healthy riparian buffer provides countless benefits to a community and the watershed at large. Riparian buffers are important for stormwater management, water quality protection, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat, and they even provide economic benefits. Read More…




Planner's Portfolio: Community Trails

Pedestrian paths and multi-use trails have become increasingly popular for satisfying transportation and recreational needs. They provide connections between communities and natural and historic resources, enhance recreational opportunities, and often conserve linear open spaces. In doing so, trails also provide a valuable recreational and fitness opportunity for all users. Read More…




Planning for Medical Marijuana

Delaware County Planning can help municipalities find information on local implementation of the Medical Marijuana Act. If your municipality is concerned about the land use implications of the Medical Marijuana Act, PA Act 16, Delaware County Planning Department can help you find resources on how the Medical Marijuana Act relates to land use in your community. Read More…



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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