Open Space Preservation

Due to Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order to help slow the spread of coronavirus throughout the region, Chester County Government and Courts are currently operating on an essential services-only basis, and our office is currently closed for in-person business. Many of our staff are working from home to continue to provide some services and to answer questions emailed to us. If you are not able to complete your business online or find answers to your questions, please send us an email at, and someone will respond.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Please stay healthy, stay safe and stay home to help slow the spread of coronavirus.


The Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board’s regularly scheduled May, June, and July, 2020 meetings will not be held in the Government Services Building. Instead, the May 26th, June 23, and July 28, 2020 ALPB meetings will take place via teleconference. Please call 1-408-418-9388 to take part in public participation. The meeting access code is 793 360 693. The password is 242020. The meetings will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. 

Since 1989, the Commissioners of Chester County have created and funded one of the most comprehensive and sustained efforts in the Country to promote a high quality of life. The programs are designed to preserve the most productive non-irrigated agricultural soils in the world, provide adequate local and County park and recreation opportunities, preserve significant natural areas, and encourage revitalization of developed areas.
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Return on Environment

The Chester County Commissioners announced results of a study, Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County, during an Open Space Summit on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Lenfest Center at ChesLen Preserve in Newlin Township. The study—and its accompanying video—highlight the valuable economic, environmental, and public health benefits that open space preservation has provided to Chester County for the past three decades. Click on the photo to learn more about the study and view the video: