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The West Chester Zoning Ordinance was first adopted in November of 1990. Since then, the original ordinance has undergone 17 amendments in reaction to evolving trends and legal requirements. In 2019, the West Chester Board of Trustees are looking to overhaul the Zoning Ordinance to meet the needs of a still growing community while looking ahead to future trends.


“The original ordinance has served West Chester well through nearly thirty years of unprecedented growth,” said West Chester Township Administrator Larry Burks. “However, we now see the need to create a new document that will look forward to the next thirty years of growth and stability. The new document will also present a fresh look and feel befitting one of America’s Best Places to Live.”


West Chester will begin the process of adopting a new zoning ordinance by first issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP), expected to take place in May of this year. It is projected the total process will take a year to fully research and implement.


“One key aspect of this RFP is the requirement for the successful bidder to hold multiple public forums so West Chester can hear directly from our residents and business partners on how the ordinance affects their activities.” said Mr. Burks.


In addition to adopting a new zoning ordinance, the Township also expects the successful bidder to make minor changes to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan in order to make the two documents seamless. By utilizing similar wording, graphics and references, these two documents will be much easier to decipher by developers and residents.


For information on the RFP, please contact West Chester Community Development at 513-777-4214.