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

April 17
The Agenda for the April 18, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
April 12
The Official Minutes of the March 13, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
April 10
The Official Minutes of the March 12, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting and Minutes of the March 23, 2019 Joint Session with the Board of Supervisors.
April 9
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday for our annual clean up and park fix up day! Over 100 bags of trash were collected from Coldstream Road alone, and about 250 bags by Monday. Bird houses were installed at Brightside Farm, and trees mulched at Charlestown Park, along with other tasks. Look for pictures to be posted on this site, and in the newsletter that will be coming out in early May.
The Agenda for the April 10, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
April 5
YOGA IN THE PARK starting April 13th! See the attached flyer for details.
April 3
A reminder that Coldstream Road will be closed for two hours on April 6 to to safely remove litter from the highway for Earth Day. A letter explaining the closing and a map of the affected area are available.
The Agenda for the April 9, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the March 4, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
March 27
The Agenda for the April 1, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting with additional items listed.
The Public Hearing for conditional use approval to permit the subdivision of a property into two lots that disturb steep slopes. April 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
March 25
Earth Day is approaching. As an expanded part of our cleanup effort, PennDOT has granted permission for us to close Coldstream Road on April 6 (rain date April 13) from 7:00 am through 9:00 am to allow safe litter cleanup by volunteers. Only local traffic will be permitted through the work zone during the two hour closure.
The flooding experienced at Charlestown Road and SR 29 on March 22nd is addressed in this update.
The Official Minutes of the March 19, 2019 Historical & Architectural Review Board Meeting.
The Township has issued Conditional Use approval for Crown Castle NG East LLC.
March 19
The Agenda for the March 21, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
March 15
Route 29 to have one lane closed in East Whiteland Township on Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for utility installation. Give yourself extra time to get through our Charlestown Road/Route 29/Phoenixville Pike intersection!
The Spotted Lanternfly is becoming an increasing environmental hazard to the community. Please join us for a presentation sponsored by our EAC on April 29 at 7:00 p.m. featuring speaker Meagan Hopkins-Doerr.
The Official Minutes of the February 13, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the February 13, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Organization Meeting.
March 14
The Official Minutes of the February 26, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
March 12
The Official Minutes of the February 4, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
March 11
The Agenda for the March 13, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
March 5
The Agenda for the March 12, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
March 1
The Agenda for the March 4, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting with additional items listed.
The Official Minutes of the January 8, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
The zoning decision on The Application of William Dungee has been posted.
February 26
The starting date for the PennState Extension Master Watershed Steward Program has been changed to Wednesday, March 6th.
The Agenda for the March 4, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
February 25
The Township is accepting bids for road work which must be received by noon on March 4, 2019.
February 20
The Agenda for the February 21, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the January 10, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
February 19
The township has responded to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Assessment. The letter is available here.
All of the garden plots at Brightside Farm have been assigned for 2019.
The Official Minutes of the January 9, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the January 9, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Organization Meeting.
February 12
The Great Valley School District closed all the schools for today, and for all after school activities, so the Planning Commission meeting for this evening has been canceled. It has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 26th at the Middle School Choral Room (usual room) at 7:30 p.m.
Charlestown Township seeks resident volunteers for the 14th Annual Earth Day Event Saturday, April 6, 2019. (Rain Date is the 13th.)
The Agenda for the February 13, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
February 6
The Agenda for the February 12, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Township Annual Report is now available for the year 2018.
The Official Minutes of the January 7, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the January 7, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Reorganization Meeting.
Every seven years, an Agricultural Security Area Plan must be reviewed and re-certified. This process took place in 2018 and has resulted in updates to our Agriculture Security Area FAQs page.
January 30
The Agenda for the February 4, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. Remember, this will be at the Spring Oak Development Clubhouse.
January 25
A note to contractors – Our Guide to Permits has changed as has the permit submission process. Please review.
The Winter 2019 Newsletter is now online.
The decision for the Final Plan for Devault Village at Spring Oak has been posted.
January 23
Creek Road in Schuylkill Township will be closed to traffic starting Thursday, January 24 through February 1 for the final phase of a restoration/stabilization project. The road will be closed from Tinkerhill Road to 100 Creek Road.
The Penn State University Extension will begin its Master Watershed Steward Program on March 3rd. This low cost program won the 2018 Governor’s Environmental Excellence award.
January 16
The Office will be closed January 21st for Martin Luther King Day.
A Public Hearing is scheduled for February 4 for a conditional use application of Crown Castle NG East LLC to construct a tower-based wireless communication facility.
The Official Minutes of the December 12, 2018 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
January 9
The Official Minutes of the December 11, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting.
January 8
The Official Minutes of the December 3, 2018 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
January 7
The Agenda for the January 10, 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 Mill Grand Opening

Events

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Yoga in the Park

Spotted Lanternfly

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.

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

Volunteers Needed

Docent

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 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 a pilot trial of an environmental advisory group.

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

Meeting Agendas

Recent Documents

Bids & RFPs

There are no bids open at this time.

Hearings

There are no pending hearings at this time.

Decisions

The conditional use decision on the Application of Crown Castle NG East LLC 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 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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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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