About the Federation

The Federation of Northern Chester County Communities, more commonly known as the Northern Federation was established in 1974 to protect the French Creek Corridor.  This longstanding intergovernmental partnership has varied from 5 to 11 member municipalities that participate in Federation activities based on relevance and interest. Over its 40-year history, the Federation has also expanded its mission from the French Creek Corridor to a wider array of community development and resource protection planning efforts.

To date, the Federation has led the preparation of 14 regional studies:

  • Federation of Northern Chester County Communities Comprehensive Plan: Background Section, circa 1978
  • Federation of Northern Chester County Communities Comprehensive Plan: Plan Alternatives, circa 1978
  • Federation of Northern Chester County Communities Comprehensive Plan: Regional Land Use Plan, 1979
  • French Creek Scenic River Management Guidelines, 1984
  • PA Route 100 Corridor Study, 1986
  • Water Resource Management Study, 1988
  • Wastewater Facilities Plan: Phases I and II, 1990
  • Surface Water Runoff Study, 1991
  • Pennhurst Center Land Use Feasibility Study, 1993
  • Federation of Northern Chester County Communities Comprehensive Plan: Regional Land Use Plan, 1996
  • Sustainable Watershed Management: The Vision for Northern Chester County, circa 2000
    • A Model Program to Balance Water Resources and Land Development in the Schuylkill River Tributary Watersheds, circa 2000
    • Federation of Northern Chester County Communities Comprehensive Plan: Regional Resource Protection Plan, 2008
    • Regional Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan, 2013

 

Nine municipalities were partners in the most recent Regional Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan—the townships of East Coventry, East Pikeland, East Nantmeal, East Vincent, North Coventry, South Coventry, Warwick, West Pikeland, and West Vincent. The 75,000-acre area and nearly 44,000 residents of their nine jurisdictions, referred to as the Northern Chester County region, were the study area for this plan.

The plan was prepared as a guide for providing parks, recreation and open space protection in the interest of public health and wellness and environmental conservation. It was adopted as a supplement to each municipality’s comprehensive plan and can be implemented, in whole or in part, among two or more willing municipalities.