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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.


Latest News

February 25
The Agenda for the March 2 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
February 21
The county is offering Adult Mental Health First Aid at Phoenixville Hospital Medical Office Building II the evenings of March 24th & March 26th. You must attend both nights and registration is required.
The conditional use decision on the Application of Russell Becker has been posted.
February 18
The Official Minutes of the January 8 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the January 8 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Organization Meeting.
February 12
Charlestown Township seeks resident volunteers for the 15th Annual Earth Day Event Saturday, April 18. (Rain Date is the 25th.)
The Official Minutes of the January 18 Joint Session of the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission.
The Official Minutes of the January 14 Planning Commission Meeting.
February 10
The Charlestown Parks & Recreation monthly meeting will not be held this month, due to conflicting schedules with the school. The next meeting will be March 19th at 7:30 PM in the GVMS music room.
February 5
The Agenda for the February 11 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the January 6 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the January 6 Board of Supervisors’ Reorganization Meeting.
February 3
The Zoning Hearing Board decision on the application of Paul L. Grafinger, No. 04-2019 has been posted.
January 28
The Agenda for the February 3 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
January 27
The Winter 2020 Newsletter is now online.
January 16
A tree is down across Buckwalter road leaning on wires near the intersection with private lane Buckwalter Woods Lane, so the road will be closed or partly closed until PECO can remove the wires and our crew can then remove and open the road. The school district transportation department is being notified.
The Official Minutes of the December 11 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
January 15
The Official Minutes of the December 10 Planning Commission Meeting.
January 14
The Agenda for the January 16 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
January 10
Rescheduled Public Hearing on January 29 at 7:00 p.m. for a Variance Request filed by Paul L. Grafinger.
January 8
The Agenda for the January 14 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the December 19, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
January 7
The Zoning Hearing Board meeting for tonight has been cancelled because of anticipated snow. The school district cancelled all after-school activities at all the schools, which unfortunately includes the hearing.
The agendas for the January 8, 2020 Reorganization Meeting and the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
December 31
A program on Plastics in our Bodies and in the Environment will be presented at the next Charlestown Environmental Advisory Committee Community Education Series on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7 pm at the Great Valley Middle School Choral Room (Rm. 154). Light refreshments will be served.
December 27
The agendas for the January 6, 2020 Reorganization Meeting and the Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
Public Hearing on January 6 at 7:00 p.m. for a Conditional Use Application filed by Russell Becker.
December 20
The Official Minutes of the November 4, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Adopted 2020 Budget is now online.
December 17
The Agenda for the December 19, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
Public Hearing on January 7 at 7:00 p.m. for a Variance Request filed by Paul L. Grafinger.
December 16
The Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for tonight at 7 pm must be postponed due to a closing of the Middle School. The rescheduled meeting will be held at the Township Office, NOT the usual middle school location, this Thursday at 5 PM.
The Official Minutes of the November 13, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
December 13
Are you a ‘hands-on’ environmentalist? You can receive Certified Master certification with the county’s Solid Waste Authority by attending three classes and performing 6 hours of volunteer work. Call (484) 796-4041 for more info or to register.
The Zoning Hearing Board decision on the Paul V. Matsiras and the Pa. Turnpike Commission, No. 02-2019 has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the November 12, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
December 9
The Agenda for the December 16, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting (rescheduled from December 2).
The Agenda for the December 11, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
The Act 44 Pension Disclosure Form for 2019 is now available online.
December 3
The Agenda for the December 10, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
December 2
The Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled for tonight at 7 pm must be postponed due to the Middle School cancelling all evening activities in anticipation of bad weather. The rescheduled date will be announced as soon as it becomes available.
November 27
Found: Key Fob for Jeep along the Pickering Preserve on 11/26/2019. Fob is held on a strap saying “University of Colorado”. Please contact the township office at 610-240-0326 to arrange pick up.
The Agenda for the December 2, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
November 26
The Official Minutes of the November 19, 2019 Historical & Architectural Review Board Meeting.
November 21
Due to an upcoming vacancy in 2020, the Township is seeking a volunteer to serve on its combined Historic Commission/HARB. Please contact the township if you have an interest in serving.
The Zoning Hearing Board decision on the Application of ABC Supply Co., Inc. No. 03-2019 has been posted.
November 14
The Official Minutes of the October 8, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
November 8
The Charlestown Historical Society needs volunteers to help inventory its archives of photos and files to determine materials to be retained and materials to be disposed of or transferred to other organizations.
November 7
The Agenda for the November 13, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting. Following this meeting, there will be a joint meeting with the Parks and Recreation Board. The November 21 P&R meeting has been canceled.
The Proposed 2020 Budget is now online.
November 5
The Agenda for the November 12, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the October 21, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Budget Work Session.
The Official Minutes of the October 7, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
October 30
The location for the November 4th Supervisors’ meeting has been changed from Choral Room 154 to the Middle School Cafeteria.
October 29
The Agenda for the November 4, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
October 28
The Fall 2019 Newsletter is now online.
October 24
Lost Dog – “Hamlet” in the vicinity of Foster and Bodine Roads since the evening of October 23rd: 3 year old 40 lb Beagle-Husky mix, male, chipped. Looks mostly like a beagle with black and tan markings, but has a bushier tail and fur. Update (6:30 pm): Hamlet has been reunited with his owners, thanks to a local resident who responded to this notice.
October 21
The Official Minutes of the September 11, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
October 18
The conditional use decision on the Application of Michael Richter has been posted.
October 16
Photos of the Charlestown United Methodist Church and Charlestown Township co-sponsored Heritage Art Show taken on October 13.
The Chester County Planning Commission has released a Web-formatted version of its recently adopted 2019 Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan.
The Agenda for the October 17, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.

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

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

Charlestown Day

Allen Underkofler
Some shots of the September 14th Charlestown Day taken by Allen Underkofler and George Csete.

Events

Adult Mental Health First Aid

Master Composter Class

15th Annual Township Earth Day

Adelphia Gateway Project

Adelphia Gateway Project Township Outreach

If you have received any notices from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as a landowner regarding the Adelphia Gateway Project or as a Charlestown resident you have concerns or questions related to this pipeline project, please contact the Township’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC):

Pete Goodman at peteg@bee.net or (610) 655-5020 or

Veda Maany at (917) 566-1904.

The EAC is working with the Township to obtain answers for resident questions, and to consolidate and transmit their concerns on this project to FERC.

Update — February 5 — The township has responded to the FERC regarding the Adelphia Assessment. The letter is available here.

Volunteers Needed

2020 Census Jobs

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 Council page.

Meeting Agendas

  • Board of Supervisors: March 2
  • Planning Commission: February 11
  • Parks & Recreation: February 20 meeting cancelled.
    Next meeting: March 19.
  • Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Reorganization Meeting: January 8
  • Environmental Advisory Council (EAC): January 8

Recent Documents

Bids & RFPs

There are no bids open at this time.

Hearings

There are no hearings scheduled at this time.

Decisions

The conditional use decision on the Application of Russell Becker has been posted.

Tips

Don’t get duped by unscrupulous solicitors. Here are some guidelines to avoid problems.

Dividing a property? Our new Sketch Plan Fact Sheet will point you in the right direction.

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


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



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