Once a walkable rural community at a quiet crossroads, the village of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania is now an inviting cluster of small businesses, restaurants, wineries, galleries, and museums, all bisected by high speed four-lane U.S. Route 1. With no sidewalks or pedestrian crossings, these cultural, community, and retail amenities are isolated from each other and from potential visitors, only safely accessible by car.
Walkable Chadds Ford is a plan for the community by the Brandywine Conservancy, working with the Chadds Ford Township Open Space Committee and Board of Supervisors, with input from residents, business owners, and others to return walkability and community vitality to the Chadds Ford village by: calming traffic on Route 1 and Creek Road; signaling to motorists that they are entering a village; and guiding people within the village to restaurants, businesses, art galleries, museums, historic sites, public trails, and recreational open space.
The Struble Trail is one of the most popular rail trails in Chester County, attracting over 400,000 users every year. This three-mile paved multi-use trail follows Brandywine Creek from Downingtown north to Dorlan Mill Road and is owned and operated by Chester County Parks and Facilities.
For the past year we have been studying the feasibility of extending the trail north to Honey Brook Borough, following the route of the abandoned rail right of way. The public has had extensive input into this study, as have study committee members, and a draft report, with specific recommendations, is now available for public review and written comments.
We encourage your review, noting that further study is recommended for the segments in Glenmoore and Honey Brook Township. This study recommends extending this multiuse trail for at least an additional 3.7 miles north of Dorlan Mill Road, which would more than double the trail’s existing length.
Please provide written comments to Beth Burnam, Senior Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Brandywine Conservancy, PO Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. The public comment period will extend to November 25, 2015. If you would like to review any portion of the appendices, please email your request to Beth Burnam for that portion; at the close of the study all appendices material will be publically posted and on a CD in the printed reports.
Wide-Ranging Initiatives: includes over-arching strategies that are applicable to all 24 Greenway municipalities, county agencies, state agencies, non-profit groups, and other stakeholders. It also provides a path towards organization for the Brandywine Creek Greenway partners, referred to here as "enablers".
Project Portfolio: identifies recommended projects that are unique to each municipality/agency
Implementation Tool Kit: provides a set of regulatory and non-regulatory tools, resource summary maps,and sources of funding available to implement wide-ranging initiatives and municipal ventures.
This table lists the most popular sources of grant funding for greenway-related projects. It provides submission dates and links to the appropriate web sites for your convenience.
The Pennsylvania Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway effort was initiated in 2002 by a diverse group of community leaders, stakeholders, and byway enthusiasts who recognized the richness of the resources, the uniqueness of the landscape, and the potential of the area to qualify for scenic byway designation. This grass roots volunteer effort evolved into a Byway Commission composed of representatives from several municipalities spanning Chester and Delaware Counties: active members today are Pennsbury, Kennett, Pocopson, East Bradford, and Chadds Ford Townships.
A Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway in Pennsylvania was completed in 2014. The major goal of the CMP is to provide the Byway Commission and member municipalities with a comprehensive management program that sets forth implementable, cost-effective solutions to address the impact of increasing development pressures and traffic volumes, to support natural and cultural resource protection and land conservation initiatives, and to address tourism implications that could challenge the integrity of area resources.
Revolution in the Peaceful Valley
Chester and Delaware Counties, PA
Prepared by Chester County Planning Commission & John Milner Associates, Inc.
Funded by The American Battlefield Preservation Program.
Two files include Plan narrative and maps.