Spring Conference

Save the date! March 7, 2019

The Desmond Hotel

One Liberty Boulevard

Malvern, PA 19355

Program begins at 8 A.M.


Online Registration Form - Municipal Members 

Online Registration Form - Affiliate Members/Teaming Partners (table registration) 

The Desmond Great Valley Hotel & Conference Center

1 Liberty Boulevard

Malvern, PA 19355 

Registration begins at 8 a.m., General Session at 9 a.m. and Breakout Sessions Begin at 10:45 a.m. 

Please take the time to visit with all of our Affiliate members and exhibitors. CCATO’s Affiliate members and other teaming partners make available invaluable knowledge and resources; take the time to get to know them!

9:00 a.m. -- 10:15 a.m. General Session

  • Opening remarks
  • Audit Committee Report
  • Michael Murphy - Director, Chester County Department of Emergency Services
  • PSATS Update 

10:45 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session (please choose one session per attendee)

Building and Managing Relationships―Two Sides of the Same Coin

Building and managing relationships has become a necessary core competency which too many people easily dismiss as a soft skill. What do relationships entail? Why are they important? What does it take (“toolkits”) for an organization, a group, an office, a team, or an individual to do both well? Additionally, trust in government is important and declining. Why and how can you restore trust and what are the factors that impact a person’s decision to trust?

Moderator: Amanda Sundquist Esq., Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees  
Panelist: Richard Pomerantz, Co-Partner, the Strategy Group, and Chair, Westtown Township Planning Commission

Panelist: Casey LaLonde, West Goshen Township Manager    
Panelist: Mandi Cantlin, East Bradford Township Manager    

Panelist Biographies 

Local Ordinances and the Implementation of Landscapes 3

Landscapes3, Chester County’s new comprehensive plan, focuses on balancing growth and preservation. Local townships, through their zoning and subdivision ordinances, have tremendous influence on the goals of Landscapes3, particularly preservation, smart growth, and infrastructure improvements. At this session, CCPC planners will highlight actions municipalities can take to improve the character of new development.

Moderator: Sandra D'Amico, Supervisor,  Upper Uwchlan Township   

PanelistBrian O'Leary, AICP, Executive Direction for the Chester County Planning Commission

Panelist: Paul Fritz, Technical Services Director, Chester County Planning Commission 

Panelist: Carol Stauffer, AICP, Assistant Director, Chester County Planning Commission   
Panelist: Susan S. Elks, AICP, Planning Services Division Director, Chester County Planning Commission    
Panelist: Brian Styche, ASLA, AICP, Transportation Services Director, Chester County Planning Commission      

Panelist Biographies 

Community Sustainability and Local Green Initiatives 

This session will focus on information and recommendations designed to increase sustainability for both local government and our residents. Panelists will discuss the future and identify paths to sustainability - solar, other renewable energy, transportation, rapid assessments for municipal and community evaluations, and how to encourage the rethinking of our place within a changing footprint.

Moderator: Ernie Holling, Supervisor, West Pikeland Township  

Panelist: Dianne Herrin, Vice-President, Practical Solutions    

Panelist: Merideth Mayer, Associate Planner, Brandywine Conservancy   
Panelist: Liz Compitello, Manager of Local Initiatives, DVRPC  

Panelist Biographies

Managing Stormwater - Best Management Practices and Green Infrastructure

Seemingly endless rain, storms and increased flooding is affecting everyone. What are we doing or what should we be doing to address this critical issue in the region? This session will provide insight into the various methods available to manage stormwater and how we can encourage  "Best Management Practices.” Panelists will discuss ways to encourage the use of green Infrastructure in creative ways in our communities and our back yards. Other available resources such as volunteers, watershed associations, non-profits, small grants, and consultant services will also be discussed.

Moderator: Charles Fleischmann, Supervisor, Upper Oxford Township 

Panelist: Dan Daley, P.E., Partner, E.B. Walsh    

Panelist: Marc Henderson, P.E., Senior Water Resource Engineer, Meliora Design  
Panelist: Jan Bowers, Executive Director, Chester County Water Resource Authority

Panelist Biographies   

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

  • Chester County Update -- Michelle Kichline, Chairperson, Chester County Commissioners 
  • Lewis H. Marshall Award
  • Announcements

1:30 p.m. Afternoon Session (Afternoon session will begin at the conclusion of lunch) 

Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County 

Protected open spaces,public parks, preserved farmland, and private conserved lands provide substantial property value, economic, environmental, public health, and fiscal benefits to surrounding communities. The Chester County Planning Commission, working in partnership with area conservancies and other County offices, undertook a study to better understand and quantify these benefits. The results of this study, entitled “Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County,” will be announced later this spring. In this one-hour presentation, study collaborators will offer CCATO participants a “sneak peek” at the remarkable findings. 

: E. Martin Shane, Supervisor, East Goshen Township  
Panelist: Oliver P. Bass, President and CEO, Natural Lands   
Panelist: Brian O'Leary, AICP, Executive Director, Chester County Planning Commission
Panelist Biographies  

Online Registration Form - Affiliate Members/Teaming Partners (table registration)