Reaping benefits of smart growth

Municipalities utilizing mixed-use zoning and smart growth strategies can grow revenues while respecting preservation goals.

Chester County 2020 and Citizen Planners are holding a public breakfast to discuss the important issue. The event will take place from 7 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus Academic Building, 137 Modena Road, Coatesville.

Scheduled to take part in the panel discussed are Shannon Rossman, executive director of the Berks County Planning Commission, Mimi Gleason, West Whiteland Township manager, and Dr. Dorothy Ives Dewey, chair of the West Chester University Geography and Planning Department.

“As we roam about the County, we hear a lot of interest in mixed-use, and ‘mixed-use-ish’ strategies, to manage growth and boost municipal revenues,” Chester County 2020 Chair Jock Hannum said. “But we hear a lot of different ideas about what mixed-use really is, and some confusion about how to implement it.”

The Chester County 2020 breakfast meeting is designed to clear away the confusion. All Chester County 2020 programs are designed to provide decision-makers in our communities with reliable information to facilitate informed civil discourse.

The breakfast will include an overview of a mature, regional mixed-use project; a look at evolving mixed-use patterns in Chester County and insights into the technical aspects of mixed-use projects.

Attendance is limited and reservations are encouraged. To register, go to http://www.cc2020.org/shop/. The cost is $25.

Chester County 2020 is a non-profit organization helping to create livable communities by bringing people together to find common ground and then working to transform dialogue into action. For more information, see www.cc2020.org.

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