Updated: Oct 23
Chester County looks more and more like Delaware County every day. One of the reasons for this is that there are so many drivers that closing any road makes the rest impassable. For example, the Boot Road bridge in Downingtown was closed this week, diverting 11,954 vehicles a day to Lancaster Avenue and the bypass.
It feels very much like Chester County is growing without a plan and without oversight. As valuable and welcome as growth is, it serves no one well to have unbridled growth with little forethought.
Among the important functions of county government is to help townships to cooperate on planning. Each should be considering the impact of their decisions on surrounding townships. It is the job of our commissioners to bring stakeholders to the table and encourage responsible decision-making. Perhaps it is time to elect commissioners who are as concerned about Kennett as they are about Charlestown.
We are one county and we rely upon our commissioners to bring us together. That is clearly not happening.
Fortunately, we have County Commissioner candidates ready to lead, and bring local township stakeholders together for more-effective planning. Eric Roe and David Sommers are committed to combatting urban sprawl, and maintaining the rural character of our County.
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