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Community Development -
Planning & Zoning

 The Community Development Department is responsible for administering West Chester's zoning and property maintenance codes. With the Township's Land Use Plan as a guide, planning and zoning staff work closely with developers and property owners to ensure the highest and best use of the Township's valuable real estate.

Nearly every project, whether new construction or home remodeling, requires interaction with the Community Development Department in the filing of permits. Our staff is here to assist.

The Community Development Department staff works closely with a variety of appointed boards, commissions and committees to support the Township Board of Trustees in matters related to development of the community.

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN (plan effective after July 25, 2013)

The Zoning Commission

The West Chester Zoning Commission is a five-member board (with one alternate) composed of volunteer West Chester residents appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Commission hears and decides a variety of land use cases. The bulk of the Commission’s work includes the following:

  • Applications to rezone property
  • Development plans for Planned Unit Developments
  • Development plans for Olde West Chester
  • Zoning resolution amendments

In its review of Planned Unit Developments and Olde West Chester development plans, the Zoning Commission carries significant influence over the site design, as well as the appearance of buildings, landscaping, and amenities. On rezoning requests and text amendments, the Commission submits a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. In all cases, the Commission accepts public comment, reviews all submitted evidence, and after careful deliberation enters a formal decision or recommendation.

More detailed information on the West Chester Zoning Commission may be found in Article 7 of the West Chester Zoning Resolution.


Zoning Commission Schedule

Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall, 9113 Cincinnati Dayton Road.
Prior to all submittals, a pre-application meeting shall occur
a minimum of three business days prior to Closing Date.
 
 
  

 Submittal Deadline

 Meeting Date

December 17, 2013

January 27, 2014 - Minutes

January 21, 2014

February 24, 2014 - CANCELLED

February 11, 2014

March 17, 2014 - CANCELLED

March 11, 2014

April 21, 2014 - Minutes

April 15, 2014

May 19, 2014 - Minutes

May 13, 2014

June 16, 2014 - Minutes

June 10, 2014

July 21, 2014

July 15, 2014

August 18, 2014

August 12, 2014

September 15, 2014

September 16, 2014

October 20, 2014

October 14, 2014

November 17, 2014

November 11, 2014

December 15, 2014

December 16, 2014

January 26, 2015

 


The Board of Zoning Appeals

The West Chester Board of Zoning Appeals is a five-member board (with one alternate) composed of volunteer West Chester residents appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Zoning Appeals acts as an independent appellate board, which hears land use matters arising under the West Chester Zoning Resolution such as variance and conditional use requests. The Board also acts as a final authority regarding interpretations of the Zoning Resolution.The West Chester Board of Zoning Appeals holds jurisdiction over the following matters:

  • Appeals
  • Variances
  • Conditional Use/Special Exceptions
  • Non-conforming use substitution/extension
  • Temporary structures and use
  • Property Maintenance Code appeals

More detailed information on the West Chester Board of Zoning Appeals may be found in Article 8 of the West Chester Zoning Resolution and in the West Chester Property Maintenance Code.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals Schedule
Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall, 9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road.
Closing dates are 4 weeks prior to BZA meetings.

 

Submittal Deadline

Meeting Date

 December 11, 2013

 January 8, 2014 - Minutes

 January 15, 2014

 February 12, 2014 - Minutes

 February 12, 2014

 March 12, 2014 - CANCELLED

 March 12, 2014

 April 9, 2014 - CANCELLED

 April 16, 2014

 May 14, 2014 - Minutes

 May 14, 2014

 June 11, 2014

 June 11, 2014

 July 9, 2014

 July 16, 2014

 August 13, 2014

 August 13, 2014

 September 10, 2014

 September 10, 2014

 October 8, 2014

 October 15, 2014

 November 12, 2014

 November 12, 2014

 December 10, 2014

 

The Olde West Chester Architectural Advisory Committee

Olde West Chester Architectural Advisory Committee is a five-member board composed of four residents, property or business owners, or merchants within the Olde West Chester Road Corridor Overlay District as shown on the West Chester Zoning Map, and one West Chester resident, preferably being a registered architect, or an individual with an architectural, historical, planning or related background.  All five members  are appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Committee hears and decides, or makes recommendations to the Zoning Commission, on architectural related issues in Olde West Chester. The bulk of the Committee’s work includes the following:

  • Major maintenance or building remodeling
  • Major use change
  • Highly visible accessory structures

In its review, the Committee carries significant influence over the appearance of buildings, including exterior building materials, windows, doors, shutters, paint colors, awnings, signs, roofs, landscaping mailboxes, etc. In all cases, the Committee reviews all submitted information, and after careful deliberation enters a formal decision or recommendation, which must be in conformance with the Olde West Chester Architectural Advisory Guidelines.

More detailed information on the Olde West Chester Architectural Advisory Committee may be found in Article 33 of the West Chester Zoning Resolution.

 

2014 Olde West Chester Architectural Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule
Meetings begin at 3 p.m.
at Community Development Department, 9577 Beckett Road, Suite 100.

Meetings will only be held if an application has been submitted that requires committee action.


Weds. Jan. 8, 2014
Weds. Feb. 5, 2014
Weds. March 5, 2014
Weds. April 2, 2014
Weds. May 7, 2014
Weds. June 4, 2014
Weds. July 2, 2014
Weds. Aug. 6, 2014 - CANCELLED
Weds. Sep. 3, 2014
Weds. Oct. 1, 2014
Weds. Nov. 5, 2014
Weds. Dec. 3, 2014
Weds. Jan. 7, 2015
 

The Land Use Planning Committee

The West Chester Land Use Planning Committee is a seven-member board composed of volunteer 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.

The Board of Trustees adopted the current Land Use Plan in 2013.



 2014 Land Use Planning Committee Meeting Schedule
Meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. at The Community Development Department,
9577 Beckett Road, Suite 100,
unless stated otherwise
 
Tues., Jan. 28, 2014 - CANCELED
Tues., May 27, 2014 - CANCELED
Tues., Aug. 26, 2014 - CANCELED
Tues., Nov. 18, 2014
 

West Chester Development Council

The West Chester Development Council is a non-profit corporation representing a public/private partnership between West Chester Township and the private business sector. The Council specializes in marketing West Chester Township to the business community. 

 
2014 West Chester Development Council Meeting Schedule 
Quarterly meetings are held at 5:15 p.m. at West Chester Township Administration Building,
9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road

Thurs., Jan. 16, 2014
Thurs., April 17, 2014
Thurs., July 17, 2014
Thurs., Oct. 16, 2014
 
 
West Chester Connections Committee

The West Chester Connections Committee advises and makes recommendations to West Chester Community Development with regard to the development of a multi-modal system of transportation for the community. The Committee researches and considers new bike pathways and routes, as well as other issues affecting cyclists and walkers in the community.
CONNECTIONS PLAN ADOPTED BY WEST CHESTER BOARD OF TRUSTEES


2014 West Chester Connections Committee Meeting Schedule
Meetings are at 5:00 p.m. at The Community Development Department,
9577 Beckett Road, Suite 100

Monday, April 28, 2014
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
 

West Chester Zoning Resolution Review Committee

The West Chester Zoning Resolution Review Committee was appointed by the West Chester Board of Trustees to review the Township's Zoning Resolution and offer recommendations for updates and/or changes.

 

2014 West Chester Zoning Resolution Review Committee Meeting Schedule
Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. at The Community Development Department, 9577 Beckett Road, Suite 100
 
Tues., Jan. 7, 2014 - CANCELED
Tues., Feb. 4, 2014 - Minutes
Wed., March 5, 2014 - Minutes
Tues., April 1, 2014 - Minutes
Tues., May 6, 2014 - Minutes
Tues., June 12, 2014
Tues., July 1, 2014
Tues., Aug. 5, 2014
Tues., Sept. 2, 2014
Tues., Oct. 7, 2014
Tues., Nov. 4, 2014
Tues., Dec. 9, 2014