Welcome to
  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

December 14
The Parks & Rec meeting scheduled for December 20th has been cancelled. However, the Zoning Hearing Board scheduled for that night at 7 pm is still scheduled.
Charlestown Township is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Township’s Planning Commission. The initial appointment would be to fill an unexpired term ending 12/31/2019.
The Official Minutes of the November 13, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Office will be closed December 24 & 25, and December 31 & January 1 over the holidays.
December 10
The Agenda for the December 12, 2018 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
A note to contractors: The Building Permit has been modified. You should update your versions if you save preprinted copies.
December 7
Interested in being a docent? We need volunteers to act as guides and hosts for visitors to the Charlestown Mill. Call Linda Csete at (610) 240-0326 if serving the public this way interests you.
December 4
The Agenda for the December 11, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the November 5, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Adopted 2019 Budget is now online.
December 3
The Board of Supervisors meeting this evening at 7 pm will be held in the Library at the Great Valley Middle School instead of the Choral Room (154). Enter at the front of the building and walk straight down the hall to the Library at the end.
A Public Hearing is scheduled for December 18 for a request of variance by William Dungee in order to increase the area of a nonconforming building and change the existing parking area of the Stables Bar.
November 28
History buffs and residents enjoyed the Charlestown Mill Grand Opening event on November 11th.
The Agenda for the December 3, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
November 27
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 Official Minutes of the November 20, 2010 Historical & Architectural Review Board Meeting.
November 26
The Official Minutes of the October 10, 2018 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
November 15
Due to the impending expected weather, the school district closed the Middle School for all activities this evening. Therefore the Charlestown Parks & Recreation Board meeting for tonight has been cancelled.
November 13
The Agenda for the November 14, 2018 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
November 6
The Agenda for the November 13, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Proposed 2019 Budget is now online.
The Official Minutes of the October 22, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Budget Work Session.
The Official Minutes of the October 1, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
October 31
The Agenda for the November 5, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting has had two items added.
October 30
The Agenda for the November 5, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
October 29
The Official Minutes of the September 20, 2018 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
October 26
Public notice for a conditional use hearing on Nov. 5th has been postponed.
October 24
Public Bids are being accepted until 11:00 a.m., November 30 for the sale of two parcels of the former Auchincloss property.
October 23
Grand Opening of the Charlestown Mill Sunday, Nov. 11th, noon to 4 pm, with shuttle service to the Mill from the Charlestown Methodist Church at Church & Charlestown Roads. Light refreshments will be served.
The Public Hearing for conditional use approval to permit the subdivision of a property into two lots that disturb steep slopes. November 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Update: This hearing has been postponed.
The Township has issued Conditional Use approval for Hyung Joo and Laurie Anne Lee.
October 22
The Official Minutes of the September 12, 2018 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
October 19
The Agenda for the Supervisors’ October 22nd meeting has changed. The consideration of final approval for the Devault Village at Spring Oak application has been moved to the November 5th meeting. The only item on the agenda for Oct. 22nd is the 2019 Budget Work Session.
The Fall 2018 Newsletter is now online.
October 18
The Parks & Recreation meeting for this evening has been moved to the Library.
October 16
The Agenda for the October 18, 2018 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
October 15
State Representative Duane Milne is sponsoring a 50+ Expo, Saturday, October 20 – 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at K.D. Markley Elementary School, Malvern.
October 11
Creek Road will be closing on the 15th for road repair followed by a lengthier closing for bridge repair. People use Creek Road to avoid traffic on Pothouse so we might see some overflow on Route 29, Whitehorse, and Union Hill.
October 10
The Official Minutes of the September 11, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
October 8
The Agenda for the October 10, 2018 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
October 2
The Agenda for the October 9, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Agenda for the Budget Work Session on Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:00 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School Library.
The Official Minutes of the September 4, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
September 25
The Chester County Planning Commission is working to complete a full draft of Landscapes3, the next long-range plan for the county’s future. There will be a Landscapes3 public meeting at 5:30 p.m. October 2, 2018 about details of the full Landscapes3 draft plan at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown. For more information on Landscapes3, visit chescoplanning.org/CompPlan.cfm.
The Agenda for the October 1, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
September 24
The Official Minutes of the August 16, 2018 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
September 18
The HARB meeting for today at Charlestown Mill has been cancelled.
Please support the Kimberton Fire Company's Fundraiser, Wednesday, October 10 – 4:00-10:00 PM at Infinitio’s Pizza, 222 Schuylkill Rd, Phoenixville.
The Agenda for the September 20, 2018 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
September 16
The weather cooperated and the turnout was great for our annual Charlestown Day Fall Fest on Saturday, the 15th.
September 12
The Official Minutes of the August 14, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
Contractors who keep printed or PDF copies of our permit forms should replace their copies of the re-titled Erosion & Sedimentation Control / Grading Permit form.

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 Mill Grand Opening

Events

Master Composter Class

Special Notice

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 vmaanymd@yahoo.com or (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.

Volunteers Needed

Docent

Planning Commission

Planning Commissioner
Seat

Charlestown Township is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Township's Planning Commission. The initial appointment would be to fill an unexpired term ending 12/31/2019.

The PC (Planning Commission) reviews all subdivision and land development plans and submits recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. In addition, they review and make recommendations on amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance, Comprehensive Plan, and any other planning matters upon request from the Supervisors.

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.

Historic Commission/Historical Architectural Review Board

Due to a recent vacancy, the Township is seeking a volunteer to serve on its combined Historic Commission/HARB. The group consists of seven or more members who are appointed to five-year terms by the Board of Supervisors. While some members serve at-large, this particular vacancy is for a resident who is a licensed real estate broker.

The Commission meets on the 3rd Tuesday every other month (Jan-Mar-May-Jul-Sept-Nov) at 4:00 p.m. at the Guidance Office at the Great Valley Middle School.

If you are interested in the preservation and protection of the many historically significant structures located in Charlestown Township, please submit a letter of interest to Charlestown Township, P.O. Box 507, Devault, PA 19432 or email admin1@charlestown.pa.us.

Environmental Advisory Council

The Township is considering the creation of an Environmental Advisory Council (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 a pilot trial of an environmental advisory group.

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

Meeting Agendas

  • Board of Supervisors: December 3
  • Planning Commission: December 11
  • Parks & Recreation: December 20 meeting cancelled
  • Environmental Advisory Council (EAC): December 12

Recent Documents

Bids & RFPs

Public Bids are being accepted until 11:00 a.m. November 30 for the sale of two parcels of the former Auchincloss property.

Hearings

A Public Hearing is scheduled for December 18 for a request of variance by William Dungee in order to increase the area of a nonconforming building and change the existing parking area of the Stables Bar.

Decisions

The Zoning Hearing Board has issued Conditional Use approval for Hyung Joo and Laurie Anne Lee.

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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Area Road
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Openings
  • Creek Road will be closing October 15th for road repair followed by a lengthier closing for bridge repair. People use Creek Road to avoid traffic on Pothouse so we might see some overflow on Route 29, Whitehorse, and Union Hill.
  • Road Hazard? Visit the new 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 its June 2018 Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Study.

Click on FINAL_Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Study_June 2018.pdf when the file list is displayed to download a copy from the Chesco FTP Website.



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