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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

May 20
The Official Minutes of the April 10, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
May 16
Public Bids are being accepted until 11:00 a.m. May 31 for the sale of the former Auchincloss property.
The Official Minutes of the April 9, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
May 14
The Agenda for the May 16, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the April 18, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
May 9
The Public Hearing for Application of Janet Rubino for a variance to increase the area of a nonconforming dwelling. May 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
May 8
The Revised 2019 Budget is now online.
The conditional use decision on the Application of Donald and Elizabeth Andersen has been posted.
May 7
The Agenda for the May 8, 2019 Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Meeting.
The Agenda for the May 14, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the April 1, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Chester County Commissioners announced results of a study, Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County, during an Open Space Summit on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Lenfest Center at ChesLen Preserve in Newlin Township. The study—and its accompanying video—highlight the valuable economic, environmental, and public health benefits that open space preservation has provided to Chester County for the past three decades. Learn more about the study and view the video: chescoplanning.org/openspace/roe.cfm.
May 1
The Spring 2019 Newsletter is now online.
April 30
The Agenda for the May 6, 2019 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The Environmental Advisory Committee is having a one day soil sampling project at Brightside Farm on May 18 with the objective of creating an effective riparian buffer with optimal plantings.
Two sets of keys and a gold bracelet were found at Charlestown Park over the last few weeks. Call the Township office at (610) 240-0326 if you are searching.
April 26
Route 29 (State Road) is scheduled to close between Creek Road and Pothouse Road in Schuylkill Township, Chester County, on Saturday, April 27, from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for pipe replacement. Motorists will be directed to use Charlestown Road and Pothouse Road to access Route 29. See map.
Photos are in showing several Earth Day events in April.
Learn about the benefits of open space preservation at the Open Space Summit free event in Coatesville on May 2 at 5 pm.
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture has begun their annual door-to-door canvassing for dog licenses and rabies vaccination. They select random areas throughout the county and are clearly identified as dog wardens. Info at www.licenseyourdogpa.com.
April 22
The conditional use decision on the Application of George Meyer has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the March 21, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
The Official Minutes of the February 21, 2019 Parks & Recreation Board Meeting.
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.

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

Pictures from Township Earth Day Activities

Events

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Yoga in the Park

Found Items ...

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

Vacancy Board Member

Board Seeks A Vacancy Board Member for 2019

The Vacancy Board consists of the Board of Supervisors, plus one elector from the Township. The Board of Supervisors is looking for one resident/elector to join the Board for 2019.

What the Vacancy Board does: If a vacancy occurs on the Board of Supervisors, they would appoint a successor who is an elector of the township and has resided in that township continuously for at least one year prior to their appointment.

If they failed to make the appointment within thirty days after the vacancy occurs, the vacancy board would then convene, having fifteen additional days to fill the position.

While this is a very important position, it’s rare that the vacancy board convenes, the last time being in the late 1990’s. If you’re interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the Township Manager, Linda Csete at manager@charlestown.pa.us

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

  • Board of Supervisors: May 6
  • Planning Commission: May 14
  • Parks & Recreation: May 16
  • Environmental Advisory Council (EAC): May 8

Recent Documents

Bids & RFPs

Public Bids are being accepted until 11:00 a.m. May 31 for the sale of the former Auchincloss property.

Hearings

There are no pending hearings at this time.

Decisions

The conditional use decision on the Application of George Meyer 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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