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Public Meeting Presentation 06/20/2011

  1. 1. Western Chester County: Future Focus Study Public Meeting Western Chester County Regional Planning Committee June 20, 2011 Coatesville Area Library
  2. 2. Future Focus Study Goals <ul><li>Evaluate the options for regional economic growth which expand possibilities and preserve the integrity and quality of life </li></ul><ul><li>Insure that the Study reflects the regional constituency and can build a regional brand </li></ul><ul><li>Align with the growing development of the Coatesville School District </li></ul><ul><li>Create a collaborative process for participation among the municipalities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Western Chester County: Future Focus Study <ul><li>Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce & Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>DVRPC </li></ul><ul><li>Chester County Commissioners </li></ul><ul><li>The Consortium of Municipalities of Western Chester County </li></ul><ul><li>Coatesville Area Partners for Progress </li></ul><ul><li>PECO </li></ul>
  4. 4. Progress to date <ul><li>Kick off meeting (Sept 2010) of municipal officials to define critical concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Community Survey to also define critical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder and public meetings (March-April 2011). Business, institutional, municipal reps and community members developed an inventory of initiatives to support regional growth </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Regional Planning Committee meetings </li></ul>
  5. 5. Results to date <ul><li>Almost 50 concepts or project initiatives have been suggested to enhance the economy of the region. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Goals for this meeting <ul><li>To ask questions and provide comments on the study effort to date </li></ul><ul><li>To provide you with the opportunity to help set the priority initiatives that will continue to expand our region’s economic growth and preserve the aspects of our lifestyle we value. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Region Today <ul><li>The Study Area includes the nine municipalities </li></ul><ul><li>of the Coatesville School District </li></ul>
  8. 8. Demographic Characteristics <ul><li>The population of the region grew from 51,421 residents in 2000 to 64,976 persons, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. </li></ul><ul><li>That represents a growth </li></ul><ul><li>rate of just over 25% </li></ul><ul><li>A rate much faster than </li></ul><ul><li>Chester County as a whole </li></ul>
  9. 9. Demographic Characteristics <ul><li>Caln, Valley, East Fallowfield and West Caln Townships and the City of Coatesville added the largest numbers of new residents, with East Fallowfield registering the largest percentage gain at 44.4%. </li></ul><ul><li>Median Household Incomes also rose significantly from $51,640 in 2000 to $67,621 in 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Two municipalities – Valley Township and South Coatesville – saw household incomes increase at a faster estimated pace than those of the County. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Demographic Characteristics <ul><li>Caln Township has a higher median household income than Chester County at $87,564. </li></ul><ul><li>Household Incomes range from the high in Caln Township to median household income in Coatesville at just under $40,000. </li></ul><ul><li>Over one quarter of households in the region earned more than $100,000 annually </li></ul>
  11. 11. Economic Characteristics <ul><li>The mix of jobs in the region reflects very closely the job mix of Chester County </li></ul>County Region Construction 4% 4% Manufacturing 14% 14% Retail 19% 21% Services 36% 39% Finance, Insurance, Real Estate 10% 4% Other 17% 18%
  12. 12. Economic Analysis <ul><li>Growth in Employment 1998-2008 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Economic Characteristics <ul><li>More than 60% of the region’s workforce is engaged in white collar employment. The agricultural industry remains a significant part of the regional landscape. </li></ul><ul><li>The region generates an estimated 15,000 jobs with many employers having 100 or more employees. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Economic Analysis <ul><li>The Region’s Top Employers </li></ul><ul><li>(over 100 employees) </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Reference U.S.A. Database, Reference calls. </li></ul>Employer # Employees Coatesville VA/Med. Center 1,300 Coatesville Area School Dist. 1,000 Sikorsky Global Helicopter 900 Arcelor Mittal 850 Communications Test Design 700 Brandywine Hospital 675 Freedom Village 300 Coatesville YMCA 300 Coatesville Savings Bank 280 Child & Career Dev. Center 200 St. Martha’s Manor 200 Giant Foods 200 Acme Markets 200 Keystone Foods 150 Kohl’s Department Store 145 Kmart 100 LNP Engineering Plastics 100 Bethel AME Church 100 Chester Co. Board of Assist. 100 Coatesville Country Club 100 Penna. Clinical School 100
  15. 15. Location of Top Employers <ul><li>Map also includes major retail/ service concentrations </li></ul>
  16. 16. Labor Force Characteristics Labor Force Comparisons: Employed Population in the Western Chester County and the Thirty Minute Labor Shed, 16 Years of Age and Older, 2010
  17. 17. Labor Force Characteristics <ul><li>The Regional Labor Force and the Reverse Commute, 30 Minute Labor Market </li></ul>
  18. 18. Commuter Patterns <ul><li>Of the People who Live in the Western Chester County Region, only 16% work here. </li></ul><ul><li>Other Places of Employment include : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>46.5% work elsewhere in Chester County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6.2% work in Montgomery County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4.7% work in Delaware County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4.0% work in Philadelphia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2.5% work in the State of Delaware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1.8% work in Lancaster County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>0.6% work in Berks County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>0.4% work in Bucks County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17.3% work elsewhere </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Economic Characteristics <ul><li>The increase in the median value of homes in the region was 76% from 2000 to 2010, which was just shy of the County rate of 78%. </li></ul><ul><li>Regional unemployment in 2010 was estimated at 8.9%, much less than the mid-year national average of 9.6% and lower than the State average of 9.2%. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Analysis of Transportation Issues <ul><li>Key Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Transportation Capacity and Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Condition of Existing Transportation Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Secondary Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bridges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel Demand Management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Key Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities for Expansion/Revitalization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recreational/Trail Linkages </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Transportation Capacity/Access <ul><li>Highway </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity Improvements in pipeline for Eastern Segments of Route 202 Corridor/Route 30. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PA Turnpike Widening may diminish pressure for residential development in Western ChesCo. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities for Reverse Commute to jobs in Western ChesCo. From Montgomery County and areas served by Schuylkill Expressway/U.S. Route 422. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Route 30 Interchange at Airport Road is inadequate and significant redesign/improvement needed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvements at U.S. Business 30 and 1 st Avenue Intersection are key to future of Coatesville Business District and planned projects (eg. Velodrome, Rail Station). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other local intersection improvements may be needed and are being identified. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Transportation Capacity/Access <ul><li>Rail Freight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amtrak/Keystone/SEPTA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Line diminishes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>potential for significant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rail freight traffic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>East Penn ( Octoraro , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wilmington & Northern) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rail Freight Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brandywine Valley Rail Service at Arcelor Mittal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interchange potential with both Norfolk Southern and CSX a plus </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Transportation Capacity/Access <ul><li>Public Transit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rail Transit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recent Station Development at Thorndale </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Significant Public Commitment to Station Development at Coatesville </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current Amtrak Service Limited </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extension of SEPTA Service to Coatesville – Will be tied to Ridership Development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bus Transit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Beeline Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A Line Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coatesville Link Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other Paratransit </li></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Key Transportation Opportunities <ul><li>Coatesville Rail Station </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion of Rail Service </li></ul><ul><li>Route 30 and Airport Road Interchange </li></ul><ul><li>Local Road/Highway Improvements </li></ul>
  25. 25. Land Use Issues <ul><li>Land Use Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance in Development and Preservation – Retaining Agriculture and Landscape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Development should focus on ratable base, not necessarily employment base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating an environment where redevelopment is a desirable option and viable alternative to “green field” development </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Land Use Issues <ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Areas where Public Infrastructure Improvements are Needed </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Business and Industry Opportunities <ul><li>Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helicopter/Aviation Supplies, Repair, Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Instruments and Devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metallurgy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Processing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biopharmaceuticals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local Health Care Services </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Warehousing & Distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized/Niche Retail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Velodrome/Recreation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transit-oriented and other new businesses along Business Route 30 </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. The “Wow” Factors <ul><li>Characteristics that make the Western Chester County Region stand apart from other areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Landscape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>History/Culture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Features </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exceptional Access to Quality Labor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Locally </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regionally with Reverse </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commute Potential </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location: “The Affordable Chester County” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation: Highway, Rail, Airport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Opportunity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Cooperation and Coordination </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Perceptions and Reality Stated Perception Reality WCC is an isolated region where there is not much happening. Population growth exceeded the rate of the County. Business growth also expanded. Business has left this economically distressed area. The region has added jobs over the past 10 years: Sikorsky, Keystone Foods, others. Educational attainment is poor and is compounded by a bad school system. The population has a higher educational attainment than surrounding areas and school district report cards meet or exceed State standards in math, reading and other areas. Crime and drugs are a problem in the region. These are national issues. While Coatesville has a higher crime rate than its adjacent communities, when examined as a whole, WCC has a comparable or lower crime rate than Lancaster or Reading. The quality of the workforce is poor. The regional workforce is very comparable to that of the County. The potential for pulling from the Reverse Commute Labor Shed is strong. There are many polluted areas in the region, including the Brandywine Creek. Of the 20 largest emitters of industrial contaminants in Chester County, only 2 are in WCC. Only 3 of the County’s 18 Superfund sites are located here.
  30. 30. Implications <ul><li>Great Opportunity for Growth and Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current and Future Projects (eg. Velodrome, Industrial Park Expansion, Redevelopment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be Targeted to Conserve the Region’s Landscapes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Addressing Perceptions/Marketing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perceptions/Reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Branding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transportation Needs must focus also on reverse commute issues </li></ul><ul><li>Redevelopment is Critical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Takes pressure off open lands and agriculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directs growth toward existing infrastructure </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Questions/Comments <ul><li>Questions about the Region </li></ul><ul><li>Comments about Issues/Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>
  32. 32. Help us Prioritize Concepts <ul><li>Handouts outline 40+ Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the five – and only five – concepts that you believe are most important to the future development of Western Chester County </li></ul>
  33. 33. Summary Discussion <ul><li>Examining your issues and project priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Why are they important? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we realize your vision for the future of the region? </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul>
  34. 34. Your impact, beyond today <ul><li>Encourage others to take the survey online and in hard copy </li></ul><ul><li>www.WesternChesterCountyFutureFocus.com </li></ul><ul><li>Stay informed. Check the website, attend upcoming public meeting in the Fall. </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>Western Chester County: </li></ul><ul><li>Future Focus Study </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing Wisely for Tomorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>WesternChesterCountyFutureFocus.com </li></ul>
  36. 36. Thank you! <ul><li>We greatly appreciate your participation. If you have any ongoing questions or comments, please contact Steve Kehs at Triad Associates: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>(856) 690-9590 </li></ul>

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