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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.


COVID-19 Township Office closed until further notice

Latest News

March 30
The Agenda for the April 6 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 on the first page. Call the office if you have any questions about this process. For novice users, the phone-in option is the simplest: just call the number and you'll hear a message telling you to hold until the meeting begins and you'll be able to hear everything and also speak. The Log-in option works if your computer, laptop, or other device has a microphone (and optional, camera) and has easy to follow instructions.
March 25
Earth Day Activities for April 18th have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus Situation.
March 24
March 23
As a result of COVID-19 Social Distancing Requirements, we are removing the event notices for the Adult Mental Health First Aid and the Certified Master Composter classes in our Event section which were scheduled for this week. Watch for their rescheduling.
March 18
The Official Minutes of the January 16 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
March 17
The Agenda for the March 19 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting which will be held via teleconference due to the meeting distancing requirements of the Coronavirus guidelines. Connection details are explained in the agenda.
March 16
All Brightside Farm garden plots have been allocated for the remainder of 2020. We cannot accept any more request forms.
March 13
The Official Minutes of the February 12 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
March 11
Due to the Great Valley Middle School closing to outside groups through April 14th, Charlestown Township has changed the location for meetings in March and April. We will note the time and change of location as each meeting approaches, but a current list of all meetings in the near future is available here in PDF format.
The Historical Commission plans to meet Tuesday, March 17th at 4:00 P.M. at the Charlestown Township Office, 4030 Whitehorse Road, Devault, PA
March 10
Township Meetings Cancelled - To Be Rescheduled:

In compliance with the Great Valley School District’s pandemic action preparedness plan, and in conjunction with the recommendation of the Chester County Health Department, all outside use of school facilities has been cancelled until further notice. This affects the Charlestown Township Planning Commission meeting for tonight, March 10th, Environmental Advisory Committee for tomorrow night March 11th, HARB for March 17th and Parks & Recreation for March 19th. Rescheduling and/or relocating these four meetings will be announced when arrangements can be made.
March 5
The Agenda for the March 11 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
March 3
The Agenda for the March 10 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the February 3 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
February 29
The Chester County Health Department (CCHD) has updated their website with additional Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) information and resources.
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 Committee (EAC) Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the January 8 Environmental Advisory Committee (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 Committee (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 Committee (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.

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.

COVID-19 Information

Chester County Health Department

Events

15th Annual Township Earth Day Cancelled

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 EAC@charlestown.pa.us
(610) 827-7619 (office), (610) 655-5020 (cell) 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 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 in March and April. We will note the time and change of location as each meeting approaches, but a current list of all meetings in the near future is available here in PDF format.

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.
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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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