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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 in Green Phase

Latest News

June 30
The Agenda for the July 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 at the top of the agenda.
June 26
On Monday, June 29, the Township will enter the COVID-19 Green Phase.
June 24
A Public Participation Workshop for the Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan Update will precede the Regular PRPC Business Meeting scheduled for tonight at 7:00 pm. Zoom links for participant access are provided on the first page of the Meeting Agenda.
June 22
A list of Township Board meetings with access codes to be held via Cisco WebEx during July is available.
The Official Minutes of the May 21 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
June 17
The Official Minutes of the May 13 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the April 16 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
June 9
As a result of the state progressing to the COVID-19 Yellow phase, we are permitting access to our office and easing some other restrictions.
June 2
The Agenda for the June 9 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.
The Official Minutes of the May 4 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The 2020 Budget has been revised with an additional $60,000 contribution to the Kimberton Fire Company to make up for the loss of having no fair this year.
May 29
Don’t be alarmed — Exelon Generation will conduct its semi-annual, full-volume test of the emergency warning sirens surrounding Limerick Generating Station on June 1 at approximately 2 p.m. This is one of two semi-annual tests performed each year.
May 28
The bridge on Pikeland near Hollow was opened at 2:00 pm today. Work is completed and all signs have been removed.
May 26
The Agenda for the June 1 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 June is available.
May 20
The Official Minutes of the April 16 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
May 18
Need a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic? NJ/PA Helping Hands can supply volunteers to pick up groceries and prescriptions, and check on members of the senior community virtually during this crisis. Other volunteers can assist your kids with homework using remote tutoring.
May 13
The Official Minutes of the April 14 Planning Commission Meeting.
May 11
The Agenda for the May 13 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting. This meeting will be held remotely via Cisco WebEx. Instructions for participating are included on the first page.
May 8
A vehicle crash has disabled a bridge carrying Pikeland Road over a branch of the Pickering Creek. A news report from PennDot provides details and a map.
May 5
The Agenda for the May 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 on the first page.
The Revised 2020 Budget is now online.
The Official Minutes of the April 6 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
April 28
The Agenda for the May 4 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.
April 27
A list of Township Board meetings with access codes to be held via Cisco WebEx during May is available.
COVID-19 office restrictions have been updated.
April 21
The Spring 2020 Newsletter is now online.
The Official Minutes of the March 11 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
April 16
The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors declares an immediate ban of ALL open burning effective April 1, 2020 in order to limit the potential need to call out our first responders.
The Agenda for the April 16 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting which will be held via teleconference. Connection details are explained in the agenda.
April 15
The Official Minutes of the February 11 Planning Commission Meeting. (There was no March meeting.)
April 9
The Agenda for the April 15 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
The Agenda for the April 14 Planning Commission Meeting.
These meetings will be remotely 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.
April 8
The Official Minutes of the March 2 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
April 3

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

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 here is a current list with access codes and passwords.

Recent Documents

Bids & RFPs

Public Bids are being accepted until 12:00 Noon May 4 for the Charlestown Township 2020 Road Base Repair and Resurfacing project.

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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Township Services and Restrictions During the
COVID-19 Crisis
GREEN PHASE
Township Office

During the Green Phase beginning Monday, June 29th, the Township Office will be open to the public on our normal Monday-Friday 9 am – 3 pm schedule. Masks are required to enter the building and the office itself.

We request that when possible, you communicate with us via email or phone rather than make an in-person visit to the office.

Permits & Inspections

Full services are available.

Road Maintenance & Emergency Services

Full services are available.

Public Meetings

Public meetings will continue to be held via Webex until further notice.

Parks & Recreation

Use of all public trails is permitted, and the restroom at Charlestown Park is open. Use and/or Rental of Pavilions is not yet permitted.

The playground and basketball court at Charlestown Park are closed until further notice. Practice via our organized sports leagues is permitted with social distancing.

Organized sports activities and rental of pavilions are not permitted in the Green Phase.

Our plan is to carefully and thoughtfully ease into the Green Phase. Those activities still under restriction will be reviewed weekly to determine when they can be opened up to the public.

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Follow recreational activities and special events on the Parks & Recreation’s Facebook page.

Please observe the township’s Social Media Policy.
Phone Us:
(610) 240-0326 Phone
(610) 240-0328 Fax
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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.


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



New for 2019...

Chester County
Local Farm Products Guide

In English and Español


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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