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  Charlestown Township!

Our township is about 25 miles west of Philadelphia and very close to Valley Forge National Historical Park. It is rich in the history of Pennsylvania. The township is about 12.515 square miles (8,010 acres) in area.


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Latest News

January 13
The Official Minutes of the December 8 Planning Commission Meeting.
January 12
The Board of Supervisors invites you to take a survey to provide your input on their consideration of an ordinance on February 1st that would loosen restrictions on generators for small size lots. Read the narrative and take the survey.
The agendas for the January 13 EAC Reorganization Meeting and the regular Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting. Both meetings will be held via Zoom. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of each agenda.
January 8
Due to a vacancy in 2021, the Township is seeking a volunteer to be appointed as Interim Tax Collector through 2021 until the new elected term starts Jan. 2022.
The Agenda for the January 12 Planning Commission Meeting. This meeting will be a remote meeting held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
January 5
The Official Minutes of the December 7 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
January 4
Virtual Public Meeting on January 4 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Residential Stand-by Generators.
December 29
The agendas for the January 4, 2021 Reorganization Meeting and the Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. Both meetings will be held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of each agenda.
December 22
A list of Township Board meetings with access codes to be held via Cisco Webex and Zoom during January is available.
December 21
The Official Minutes of the November 19 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
December 16
The Agenda for the December 17 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting which will be held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
December 14
The Official Minutes of the November 11 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
December 9
The Official Minutes of the November 11 Planning Commission Meeting.
December 8
The Official Minutes of the November 2 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Adopted 2021 Budget is now online.
December 4
The Agenda for the December 9 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting. This meeting will be a remote meeting held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
December 3
The Charlestown Environmental Advisory Committee encourages Charlestown residents to register for the Woods in Your Backyard webinar series. Learn how to steward your land and environmental resources with better outcomes. Cost is only $45 for nine webinars.
The Official Minutes of the October 15 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
December 2
The Agenda for the December 8 Planning Commission Meeting. This meeting will be a remote meeting held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
December 1
The Agenda for the December 7 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. This meeting will be a remote meeting held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
A list of Township Board meetings with access codes to be held via Cisco Webex during December is available.
The subdivision plan decision on the Application of George Meyer has been posted.
November 26
Parks & Recreation is sponsoring a free Virtual 5K Run this Thanksgiving Season until December 15. Donations will support local sports activities.
November 17
The Agenda for the November 19 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting which will be held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
November 12
The Official Minutes of the October 13 Planning Commission Meeting and Official Minutes of the September 22 Planning Commission TND Presentation Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the October 14 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
November 10
The Agenda for the November 11 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting. This meeting will be a remote meeting held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
The Official Minutes of the October 20, 2020 Board of Supervisors’ Budget Work Session.
The subdivision plan decision on the Application of Walter Haly, III and Joann Haly has been posted.
November 4
The Agenda for the November 10 Planning Commission Meeting. This meeting will be a remote meeting held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
November 3
The Official Minutes of the October 5 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
November 2
The fall 2020 Newsletter is now online.
October 29
The Agenda for the November 2 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. This meeting will be a remote meeting held via Cisco Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
October 21
A list of Township Board meetings with access codes to be held via Cisco Webex during November is available.

Projects

3D Scans of Charlestown Mill

George Csete is a professional engineer from West Chester who specializes in 3D laser scanning. George has provided images of his scans of the Charlestown Mill captured in 2013 and 2018. These revealing scans now appear on our Mill page in the Historical section.

Gallery

Charlestown Heritage Art Show – 2019

George L. Csete
Charlestown United Methodist Church and Charlestown Township co-sponsored the Charlestown Heritage Art Show last year on October 13. Photos are by George Csete and Allen Underkofler.

Charlestown Day – 2019

Allen Underkofler
Some shots of last year's September 14th Charlestown Day taken by Allen Underkofler and George Csete.

Survey

Standby and Portable Generators

Events

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Woods in Your Backyard Webinar

COVID-19 Information

Chester County Health Department

We Need Your Help

Tax Collector

Due to a vacancy in 2021, the Township is seeking a volunteer to be appointed as Interim Tax Collector through 2021 until the new elected term starts Jan. 2022.

Historical Society

Trail Maintenance

The time is now! Mile-a-minute vine is up and growing! It’s along all of our trails including behind our gardens at Brightside.

Please don your gloves and long sleeves, bring a couple of big black trash bags and go to the gardens or your favorite trail; and PULL! Stuff the vines in your bags and put them out with your trash. If you need to, leave the bags at the bottom of my drive, Hana Lane, 4th drive off of Hollow on block between Charlestown and Route 29.

Best pulling on Pickering Creek Trail is on the end closest to Charlestown Road, between the little dam and the little bridge — or on the shore near the creek near the bridge leading from Pickering Dam Road entrance.

Best pulling on Pickering Dam Trail is from the Pickering Dam Road entrance right around the corner, when you are paralleling the Creek. From Route 29, go either way where the trail forks – it is everywhere!

At Brightside, there are vines covering the rocks between the gardens and the hayfields — and gardeners! Watch for it in the gardens! It is also to be found along the mown path that leads from the gardens by the house, down the hill and up toward the new paved trail.

The next two weeks are our window of opportunity – before the vines flower and berry!

Parks & Recreation Board

The Township is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Parks & Recreation Board beginning January 1st. The Board consists of seven members who serve 5 year terms.

The Parks and Recreation Board advises the Board of Supervisors on matters of recreational policy and the development and maintenance of parks and trails in the Township, including the 44 acre Charlestown Park on Township Line Road, Brightside Farm Park, the future Jenkins Park on Valley Hill Road, the Pickering Trail between Charlestown Road and Route 29, and other recreational and open space throughout the Township.

Parks & Rec meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Choral Room at the Great Valley Middle School.

If you are interested in joining this active and involved group, please submit a letter of interest to Charlestown Township, P.O. Box 507, Devault, PA 19432 or email: admin1@charlestown.pa.us.

Environmental Advisory Committee

The Township has created an Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) to provide advice and research to our municipal officials on a range of environmental issues.

We are seeking interested persons with backgrounds relevant to environmental science and best practices who would consider serving on this environmental advisory group.

To learn more or to apply, see our Environmental Advisory Committee page.

Meeting Agendas

Due to the Great Valley Middle School closing to outside groups through April 14th, Charlestown Township has changed the location for meetings from April onward. We will note the time and change of location as each meeting approaches, but here is a current list with access codes and passwords.

Recent Documents

Bids & RFPs

There are no bids open at this time.

Hearings

There are no hearings scheduled at this time.

Decisions

The subdivision plan decision on the Application of George Meyer has been posted.
The subdivision plan decision on the Application of Walter Haly, III and Joann Haly has been posted.

Notices

Virtual Public Meeting on January 4 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Residential Stand-by Generators.
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COVID-19 Crisis
Township Office

open to the public, but we still appreciate phone calls and emails when possible rather than visiting the office. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. Call us at 610-240-0326 or email admin1@charlestown.pa.us

Public Works

Available for road and emergency repairs.

Permitting

Permit Applications are being accepted and reviewed. Inspections are being scheduled as usual. Most permits can be submitted via email.

Meetings

Until further notice, future meetings will be held remotely via Cisco WebEx. A list of the upcoming meetings with log in instructions is on the website.

Parks

Pavilions and playground are closed. The restrooms at Charlestown Park were left open longer this season but will be closing shortly for the winter. Trails are open but we urge you to observe all current guidelines for social distancing.

Office Hours
Monday thru Friday
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

The Township Office follows the hours of the Great Valley School District. Excepting summer, our office is closed (or delayed) when the district closes and follows the same holidays.
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Mail Us:
P.O. Box 507
Devault, PA 19432
Visit Us:
4030 Whitehorse Rd.
Malvern, PA 19355
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Area Road
Closings/
Openings
  • The bridge on Pikeland near Hollow was opened at 2:00 pm on May 28. Work is completed and all signs have been removed.
  • Road Hazard? Visit the PennDOT District 6 interactive Customer Care Center or call the Chester County Maintenance office at (484) 340-3200.
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike Milepost 312-319 – Total Reconstruction and Widening Project website.

The Chester County Planning Commission has released a Web-formatted version of its recently adopted 2019 Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan.

Plan Documents –

The Chester County Planning Commission has released its June 2018 Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Study.



New for 2019...

Chester County
Local Farm Products Guide

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PA Dept of Agriculture

The Spotted Lanternfly is becoming an increasing environmental threat to the area. Learn to identify this pest and destroy its eggs when possible. For more information, visit Penn State Extention on the topic or the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.


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