On June 19th, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Chester County, as well as 12 additional counties, will move from the yellow phase to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 26. Below are the continued restrictions from the Governor’s office as Uwchlan Township and Chester County enter the green phase.
|Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions|
Members of Uwchlan Township’s Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) planted a milkweed garden near the Township’s meeting hall on Ship Road in Exton on May 29 and 30 to establish a Monarch Butterfly Waystation. The planting was done by Laura Obenski, EAC Chairperson, Alexa Manning, and Toni Gorkin, project organizer. The garden is part of the EAC’s Project “Heart of Uwchlan,” in alignment with the Township’s #SustainableUwchlan focus. The project’s purpose is to introduce native plants to the campus to increase biodiversity and support pollinators so essential to a sound area ecosystem. The project’s goals also include environmental education by establishing learning stations to educate township families about nature and sustainable practices to enhance the environment.
Some of the plants in the Monarch Waystation were sown last fall, at an EAC workshop on how to sow milkweed seeds so they receive their required “stratification” cold treatment over winter. The plants include common milkweed, pink swamp milkweed, whorled milkweed, and butterfly weed, all of which are hosts for the monarch butterfly. They also planted liatris and showy goldenrod to provide pollen to feed the migrating adult butterflies. “We hope this garden will be a focal point of interest for children,” noted Alexa Manning, an experienced environmental educator, “so they will learn about the life cycle of beneficial insects and how they can make a positive contribution to the environment. Kids naturally love butterflies, and we invite them, when they can, to become involved in our Monarch Waystation.”
The Heart of Uwchlan project also started a stream-side garden of native plants along the small stream that runs below the ponds on the Township campus. “We started last fall to prepare the area with a technique called lasagna gardening,” explains Toni Gorkin. “That process involved laying cardboard, leaves, and mulch to kill weeds and introduce organic material into what was lawn, without hard tilling that harms the soil life. The purpose of that garden is to plant native plants that tolerate wet ground as a “riparian buffer” to restore the stream bank and manage floodwater.” The EAC planted chokeberry, Joe-Pye Weed, and other native plants. In addition, in early March, “live stakes,” cuttings of dogwood and elderberry, were put into the stream bank to take root and also improve the stream banks. “All of these techniques are really good examples of what homeowners can do to beautify and improve their own properties, especially with the great increase in rainfall we have seen. These are techniques they can also learn about from Penn State webinars and online information. But it helps to see it demonstrated.”
The Heart of Uwchlan project is supported by several kinds of environmental expertise beyond the Environmental Advisory Council. The project came out of Toni Gorkin’s training as a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. “A key goal of that program is to train us to engage the public in the natural environment,” she notes. This project also grew out of her love of gardening with native plants. It has the support of the Township’s Board of Supervisors and the head of Public Works. Members of Penn State’s Master Watershed Training program, several Master Gardeners, and other volunteers have provided input.
“As soon as we can safely do so, we hope to engage the public — as visitors, volunteers, and project stewards,” says EAC Chair Laura Obenski. “Outreach is a key goal of the EAC.” The purpose of the EAC, established in 2018, is to increase public awareness, education, and involvement regarding environmental issues such as energy conservation, stormwater management, recycling, pollution management, and enhancing biodiversity. In addition to Heart of Uwchlan, the EAC is working to forward the Township’s “Ready for 100% Clean Energy” resolution, to assist the public with fighting invasive insects like spotted lantern fly, and to promote sound environmental practices of all kinds. “Stay tuned,” say the EAC members, “There will be ways for you to become involved.” The EAC is recruiting two additional members. Contact them through the EAC link on the Township website, or email email@example.com, if you are interested.
|Uwchlan Hills Elementary||50 Peck Road||81,969 sq ft elementary school|
|Eagleview Lot 24||650 Stockton Road||Planned life care facility|
|Iron Hill Brewery||260 Eagleview Blvd||Restaurant/Brewery|
|Christian Brothers Automotive||399 W. Uwchlan Avenue||6,807 sq ft building|
|205 Pennypacker Subdivision||205 Pennypacker Road||3-lot subdivision sketch plan|
|Eagleview Lot 58||Lot 58||50,000 sq ft office|
|Boas Vision Associates||577 W. Uwchlan Ave||2,519 sq ft building addition|
|Submitted for Review|
|Eagleview Town Center Apartments||Eagleview Town Center||Preliminary/Final plan for proposed 44-unit apartment building.|
|Severgn Apartments||Severgn Drive||Special exception to permit two buildings consisting of 12 units each plus an existing home.|
|Gray Farm Property||1025 Worthington Road||Preliminary Plan for a proposed 76-lot subdivision.|
On May 1st, 2020, the Governor’s Office presented a plan entitled Process to Reopen Pennsylvania which will ease social gathering restrictions in phases while requiring ongoing compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance for social distancing and workplace safety. As part of the reopening process, on June 5th the State allowed restaurants to begin to provide temporary outdoor dining services. As of June 26th, the County is entering the Green Phase which will allow for indoor dining at a reduced capacity as well.
The Board of Supervisors understand the COVID-19 epidemic has already had a significant economic impact across the United States and support the safe reopening of our community by taking action to permit our restaurants to operate outdoor dining areas in compliance with the CDC Guidelines, State and County regulations as well as the requirements of the Township’s Temporary Use Zoning Application for Outdoor Dining Areas.
For more information on the Temporary Use Application or the Temporary Outdoor Dining regulations, please visit the Township’s Website at www.uwchlan.com or Contact the Building & Zoning Department.
Have you completed the 2020 Census? It is still not too late to complete the 2020 Census. April 1st was census day, but this is also just the reference date, with the census counting everyone in your home as of April 1, 2020. For more information on the 2020 Census, click the graphic above. Uwchlan Township is one of the top leaders in Chester County in response to the 2020 Census!
Any resident of the township who is planning to go on vacation this year is encouraged to notify the Police Department of their travel plans. Prior to leaving on your vacation, please fill out the online form.
Looking for a fun adventure this summer that is close to home? Why not take a hike or ride on one of the many trails Uwchlan Township and Chester County have to offer! The Township has created an interactive map showing the location of all of the trails and sidewalks in Uwchlan Township. See the map below of Click Here to view the map on the Township website. See the graphic above for tips on how to social distance while on Township trails.
While the Township Parks have been reopened, there are still restrictions in place to ensure everyone’s safety. As of June 26th, all Township Pavilions, Playground equipment and sports fields/courts (for organized and group play) are closed until further notice. We encourage residents to safely visit our parks and open spaces by following CDC and PA Health Department guidelines for social distancing to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. For more tips on how to social distance in parks trail open spaces, see the graphics below.
Have you ever wondered what you can do to control stormwater on your property? Maybe you experience property damage from excessive water runoff, live in a community that floods frequently, or care about the health of local streams.
Regardless of your motivation, there are many different things you can do to manage stormwater on your property, including:
These are just a few of the many options available for controlling stormwater. Many projects you can tackle on your own but if you have complicated stormwater issues on your property, consider getting help from an engineer or landscape professional.
If you have additional questions about stormwater, or you are just interested in learning more, you can find a full series of videos and articles in the Penn State Extension Stormwater Basics series .
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all dates are subject to change. Please visit the Township website Calendar for up-to-date information on all meeting dates and events.
PECO Outage Hotline: 215-841-4141
PENNDOT Maintenance: 484-340-3201
Chester County SPCA: 484-302-0865
Chester County Health Department: 610-344-6225