Category Archives: General Interest

Chester County Climate Action Plan; March 4, 2021

The Chester County Planning Commission, working in conjunction with the Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board, will be presenting a draft of the county’s updated Climate Action Plan during a public Zoom meeting on Thursday, March 4.

The updated Climate Action Plan will provide a current greenhouse gas emissions inventory, as well as action plans for reducing emissions and improving energy efficiency throughout the county.

The Climate Action Plan establishes a blueprint for how the county, municipalities, businesses and other stakeholders can reduce their carbon footprint. Work on the plan began in the fall of 2019 and updates and expands on the county’s original 2010 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Report. 

Meeting attendees will be presented with an overview of the plan and proposed actions for addressing climate change, followed by a question and answer session and opportunities for public comment. 

We invite you to join us for this meeting to discuss the draft plan and provide your feedback! We also invite you to share this meeting information with others. Attached is a press release providing more information about the meeting, as well as a partner toolkit and graphic with suggested language for sharing.

To register for the meeting, visit

To learn more and view a draft of the plan, visit

Information: 11 Potts School Road Property

Beaver Creek Preserve, Inc. owns a primarily undeveloped property located at 11 Potts Schools Road.

The Township was made aware on August 2020 that fill dirt was being transported to and dumped on the property.  As a result, the Township Engineer contacted the owner’s representatives, visited the property, and issued a Stop Work Order.  The Township Engineer was advised that the owner was constructing a berm to be used in connection with a gun range.

The Township Engineer notified the owner that a Township Stormwater Management, Erosion and Sediment Control and Grading Permit was required for the work being done on the Property.  The owner filed the application for the Permit on August 24, 2020, and the Permit was subsequently issued.  This Permit did not grant approval for any use of the property.  The permit only authorized the placement of the fill dirt and the grading.

The Township has not been advised directly by the owner regarding the intended use of the Property.  As indicated above, the Township Engineer was told that the owner is constructing a berm for a gun range. The Township is aware that the property was used in the past by a gun club.  Based on mail received from residents of Potts School Road, the Township is also aware of unsubstantiated statements that the owner intends to permit Chester County law enforcement agencies to use the property for training. 

Based on this information, the Township has advised the owner’s representatives that any nonconforming use of the property as a gun club has been abandoned; and that a gun range and governmental uses are not permitted on the property by the East Nantmeal Township Zoning Ordinance.   

The Township has also advised the applicant that public recreational uses, as defined by the Zoning Ordinance, are permitted by special exception in the Class II Agricultural Preservation Zoning District where the property is located.  To the extent that any proposed uses may be public recreational uses, an application to and approval by the Township Zoning Hearing Board would be required.  To date, no application has been filed with the Township Zoning Hearing Board.  If an application is filed, a hearing must be conducted; notice of the hearing would be published in the Daily Local News, posted on the property, and sent to nearby property owners.

The Township cannot make any determination about recreational use of the property since we have not been advised in detail of the intended uses.  We have requested that the owner describe in writing in detail the intended uses of the property.  The Township has been advised that the property is used for Boy Scout meetings, camping and activities.  No further information has been provided by the owner.

The Board of Supervisors has directed the Township Engineer and Township Solicitor to enforce the Township ordinances applicable to the property. We are not aware of any illegal activity at the property since our communications with the owner’s representative in August.  However, please understand that the owner has certain property rights which it is entitled to as long as there is compliance with applicable law.

Job Postings

East Nantmeal Township is seeking experienced applicants for the position of Secretary/Treasurer.  East Nantmeal is a rural community in northern Chester County, Pennsylvania with a population of approximately 1,800. The position reports directly to the Board of Supervisors and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Township and performance of all functions of both Township Secretary and Treasurer.    Job descriptions are available on the Township website under Documents –    Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Generous benefits package.  Send letter of interest, resume and salary history to by November 9, 2020. EOE.

2020 General Election Dates/Deadlines

Important 2020 General Election Dates/Deadlines

  • October 19th – Last day to register to vote for the 2020 General Election. Check your registration here. You can find more information and register online here.
  • October 27th – Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot. Check the status of your mail-in or absentee ballot here.
  • November 3rd – Election Day (polls open 7am – 8pm)
  • November 6th – Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive mail-in and civilian absentee ballots.
  • November 10th – Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive military and overseas ballots postmarked before November 3rd.

Ways to Vote this Election

  1. Early In-Person Voting
  2. Vote by mail/absentee
  3. Vote In-Person on Election Day

What is Early, In-Person Voting?

  • Go to your Board of Elections Office and request to vote early. You will be given a mail-in ballot that you may fill out privately. After filling out the ballot and properly sealing it in the security envelope, you will hand it back to the officials.
  • You may also bring your mail-in ballot to the Board of Elections Office to turn in.
  • Early, In-Person Voting is not yet available, but will be once ballots are printed mid-September-early October. It will end at 5pm on October 27th.
  • Before you go: Call ahead to make sure ballots are printed and ready and check the hours for your Board of Elections Office.
  • Available at your County’s Board of Elections Office:
    • Chester County: 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 150, West Chester, PA 19380; (610) 344-6410

How to Vote By Mail

  1. Apply for a mail-in ballot online, by mail, or in-person.
  2. Once you are approved, your County Board of Elections will mail you your mail-in ballot.
  3. Turn in your ballot by mail or by handing it in at your County’s Board of Elections. It must be received on or before 5pm on November 6th.

How to Vote In-Person

  1. Check your registration status. You must be registered by October 19th to vote in this election.
  2. Check your polling location here.
  3. Get prepared to vote. Wear a mask, bring your own pen, and bring an ID if it’s your first time voting at your polling location (note: if the physical location of your polling place has changed, but your home address has not, you do not need an ID).
  4. Go to your polling location! Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. All voters in line by 8pm can vote in the election.

Rep. Houlahan Telephone Town Hall Series, “Voting Safely in 2020”

  • Wednesday, 9/30 at 3:30pm
  • Tuesday, 10/6 at 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, 10/14 at 3:15pm
  • Thursday, 10/22 at 4:00pm
  • Monday 10/26 at 5:00pm

To join any of these town halls, please dial 855-731-4616.

Household Hazardous Waste Event: October 10

Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Government Services Building, 601 Westtown Road in West Chester


Everyone needs to secure a time slot THROUGH REGISTRATION.

To inform the public of how to register for an appointment at this event,




Household Hazardous Waste Event: Aug 29

DEP for another HHW event:


Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Oxford School District Administration Building

125 Bell Tower Road, Oxford

DEP REQUIRES  PRE-REGISTRATION TO LIMIT CAPACITY AT EVENTS (in green phase). Everyone needs to secure a time slot THROUGH REGISTRATION. Information with direct registration links are on the attached document and also on our website page:



Household Hazardous Waste Events

DEP approved two HHW events in the near future: Both at CCIU Learning Center in Coatesville/Caln.

Aug. 1
Aug. 2

Along with the public health precautions:

Please see the NEW HHW EVENT PROCEDURES pamphlet.