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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

June 17
As a result of our general recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, Township meetings will return to the Great Valley Middle School effective July 1.
There will be a Household Hazardous Waste event on Friday, June 25th at the Coatesville CCIU Center in Coatesville. Participation will be by online reservation only and no electronic devices will be accepted.
June 16
The Official Minutes of the May 10 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
June 8
The Agenda for the June 14 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting. This meeting will be a remote meeting held via Zoom. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
The Official Minutes of the May 3 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
June 7
Since there is only one applicant on the Planning Commission meeting on June 8th, the in-person component of the meeting has been cancelled. The meeting will be virtual only via Cisco Webex.
June 2
The Agenda for the June 8 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 Agenda for the June 7 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. This will be a hybrid meeting. Board Members, Consultants, Employees, and any presenters have the option of attending the meeting in person at the East Whiteland Volunteer Fire house, or via Webex as we have been doing. The general public will attend via Webex.
May 28
You can help charitable organizations by donating your car or other items such as trucks, boats, motorcycles, and more. See our Vehicle Donation page in the Recycling Topic for organizations and more info.
May 26
The Transportation Management Association of Chester County will present a Devault Trail Overview Public Meeting/Open House, virtually on Zoom June 15th from 7:00 to 8:15 PM.
The Official Minutes of the May 18 Historical & Architectural Review Board Meeting.
May 21
A list of Township Board meetings with access codes to be held via Cisco Webex and Zoom during June is available.
May 12
The Charlestown Township EAC has announced the wildflower plant delivery for the Brightside Park Pollinator Path has been delayed another week. Tentative work schedule is 3pm to 6 pm on Monday, May 17, Wednesday, May 19, and Friday, May 21. We will work in light rain. If you are interested, please contact Carol Armstrong at mnem.np@gmail.com to participate.
The Official Minutes of the April 12 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting.
May 11
The Charlestown Township EAC has added its 2020 Plastics in our Bodies presentation set from their January 2020 presentation for reference. Visit our expanded EAC page for more.
May 10
Since the only applicant, Beyond Meat, postponed their appearance before the Planning Commission to June, the Tuesday, May 11th meeting of the Planning Commission has been cancelled.
May 7
Revised Agenda for the May 11th Planning Commission Meeting. Beyond Meat has requested that the review of their Land Development application be postponed to the June 8th meeting, so they will not be presenting on May 11th.
The Agenda for the May 10 Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) Meeting. This meeting will be a remote meeting held via Zoom. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
May 5
Agenda for the May 11 Planning Commission Meeting. This will be the first hybrid meeting for the Board. Board Members, Consultants, Employees, and any presenters have the option of attending the meeting in person at the East Whiteland Volunteer Fire house, or via Webex as we have been doing. The general public will continue attending via Webex. Instructions for either phoning in or logging in are included at the top of the agenda.
The Official Minutes of the April 5 Board of Supervisors’ Meeting.
The 2021 Budget has been revised.
May 3
The Charlestown Township EAC has announced the wildflower plant delivery for the Brightside Park Pollinator Path has been delayed at least one week. If you are still interested, please contact Carol Armstrong at mnem.np@gmail.com to participate.

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

Earth Day – 2021

COVID-19 Information

Chester County Health Department

We Need Your Help

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

COVID-19 has necessitated that meetings be held virtually rather than use the Great Valley Middle School facility. 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

There are no bids open at this time.

Hearings

There are no hearings scheduled at this time.

Decisions

The Zoning Hearing Board decision on the application of Aditya Puri, No. 03-2021 has been posted.
The Zoning Hearing Board decision on the application of Carlo Failla, No. 01-2021 has been posted.
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Township Services and Restrictions During the
COVID-19 Crisis
In General

Township parks are open, meetings are hybrid. Please wear a mask to the office and events unless vaccinated.

Meetings

Effective July 1, Township meetings will return to the Great Valley Middle School.

Office Hours
Monday thru Friday
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

The Township Office follows the hours of the Great Valley School District. Excepting summer, our office is closed (or delayed) when the district closes and follows the same holidays.
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P.O. Box 507
Devault, PA 19432
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4030 Whitehorse Rd.
Malvern, PA 19355
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Area Road
Closings/
Openings
  • PECO Energy is planning a full closure on Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) in Schuylkill Township, Chester County, for gas main installation beginning Monday, March 1, through late November, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) is scheduled to close weekdays between Moorehall Drive and Country Club Road. During the closure, motorists will be detoured over Whitehorse Road and Valley Park Road.
  • The Daily Local News announced that East Whiteland Township is planning to close Route 401 (Conestoga Road) between Bacton Hill Road and Phoenixville Pike in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, on Monday, February 22, through early May, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for sewer installation. Motorists will be directed to use Bacton Hill Road, Swedesford Road and Phoenixville Pike.
  • 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.

Plan Documents –

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



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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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